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Montgomery, AL – The Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD (COSA-NCADD) held its Holiday Open House on December 15, 2016. Held every year, this event is an opportunity for community partners, program participants and other stakeholders an opportunity to talk with staff to learn more about the various programs and services the agency provides in seven counties (Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga, Lowndes, Dallas, Wilcox, and Perry).

Shereda Finch, executive director, hopes to secure additional funding next year to serve more counties. “Every community is impacted by alcohol and substance abuse. We need to continuously look to increase our capacity to reach individuals and families.”

Some of the agency’s current programs include Students With Achievement Goals (SWAG), an after school prevention after school program for 4th and 5th graders; Education and Training Institute; community prevention education outreach activities; youth tobacco prevention and peer to peer recovery support services.

When thinking about 2017, Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist, Annie Rivers, who coordinates prevention programs and services in Perry County remarks “I look forward to expanding our partnership with the Perry County School System to increase awareness and educate students and parents about drugs and alcohol- I’m really excited!”

BBVA Compass Bank was a community partner for the Holiday Open House. East Region Retail South Alabama District Workplace Solution Officer, Nakima Boleware, provided financial information and giveaways for guests.

The mission of COSA-NCADD is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addiction diseases, and related problems. For more information about COSA- NCADD call 334-262-1629 or visit

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