Thousands of Community Leaders Headed to Capitol Hill Today to Educate Members of Congress About Substance Abuse Prevention

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Community leaders from across the country will meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives from over 40 states during CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum.

Community leaders from across the country, including the Washington, D.C. metro area, are headed to Capitol Hill today, Feb. 5th to meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives from more than 40 states to educate them about critical substance abuse issues. These Congressional meetings are taking place during Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 24th annual National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training conference for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, as part of Capitol Hill Day. Capitol Hill Day kicks off with an opening plenary followed by a congressional reception on the Hill. Several distinguished Members of Congress will provide remarks at each event.

In addition, CADCA will honor Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) with a Lifetime Congressional Achievement Award accepted by staffer Lisa Bernhardt. The day concludes with Congressional appointments.

The Capitol Hill Day schedule is as follows:

OPENING PLENARY AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.
Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD

Participants:     
Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman & CEO, U.S. Army, Retired
Sue Thau, CADCA Public Policy Consultant
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.)
Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)
Former Member of Congress, Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)

CAPITOL HILL RECEPTION:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.
902 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.

Participants:    
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Congressman Danny Davis (D-Ill.)
A representative (Lisa Bernhardt) from the office of Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
A representative (Megan O’Donnell) from the office of Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.)

CADCA's National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, bringing together more than 2500 community leaders from across the nation and several other countries. The event offers participants an opportunity to learn effective strategies to solve their community's substance abuse and violence problems, and to hear from the country's leading experts on drug prevention, treatment and recovery.

Reporters interested in interviewing a community leader or covering Capitol Hill Day should call (202) 344-5464 or email Nmartinez(at)Cadca(dot)Org.

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