CADA and the Community: A Life-Changing Partnership

“I think our youngest client this year was 10 years old. Sadly, the age has been skewing lower. Three or […more…]

Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse CADA

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(805) 963-1433
Director of Development: Catherine Remak
(805) 722-1306


CADA is a highly respected, progressive nonprofit agency providing Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Prevention/Education services to adults, adolescents, children, and their families. CADA’s mission to build a safer and healthier community. 

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Protecting the Tiniest Members of Our Community

When COVID hit, the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) effectively pivoted to telehealth. But one client group was challenged by remote treatment: the mothers and children in the Perinatal Program, for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. 

“Our mothers and children received help in a safe, nurturing environment,” says Scott Whiteley, executive director of CADA. “COVID eliminated the personal connection critical to ensuring a safe pregnancy, a healthy baby, and a family who can stay together and lead productive lives. Perinatal services are the earliest possible substance abuse intervention available, and we are committed to returning to our successful pre-COVID service model.”

The free program includes family transportation to treatment and childcare, snacks, and meals for the newborn and children under six. Funding is needed for transportation costs, childcare providers, play equipment, and snacks/meals. The kindness of a $2,500 gift will provide one small child with a meaningful growing experience while their mom learns to be her best self and a nurturing mother.