Walla Walla County Department of Community Health has a contract with the Washington State Department of Health to coordinate the Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP) in the nine-county Greater Columbia Accountable Communities of Health region. Through the YMPEP we provide information and resources to reduce use and access to marijuana by youth ages 12-20. Below are resources for youth, parents, and community members to support informed decisions about marijuana use.
- YouCan Campaign
- Know this about Cannabis
- Looking for support? Teens can call 1-866-TEENLINK or visit 866teenlink.org
Our tobacco prevention and education program works to decrease youth and adult use of tobacco through education and outreach and well as supporting policies to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Below are links to information about smoking and vaping as well resources to support quit attempts.
Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative - W2 for Drug Free Youth Coalition
In 2011, the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery launched the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) to provide substance abuse prevention services and strategies through local coalitions in high-need communities. Communities have proven to be an effective organizing force for bringing evidence-based policies and programs to scale, improving public health.
CPWI is a community and school-based model for delivering prevention programs and strategies to reduce underage misuse and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, tobacco, and other drugs. This model uses a data-informed, community-level decision making process to determine root social and emotional causes that predict problem behaviors.Resources