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Feb 2018
Feb 2018


Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor , Maryland 20745
Tel: (301) 965-4000
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CADCA National Leadership Forum - Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America






Event Overview:

Join us for the 28th National Leadership Forum including SAMHSA’s 14th Prevention Day, the premier and largest training event for community-based substance abuse prevention professionals, coalition leaders and prevention and addiction researchers.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. The Forum brings together over 3,000 participants representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, education institutions, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders.

Exhibitor Information:

Vendors are welcome to join us and be a part of the Forum. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to showcase your organization, products and services to our coalitions. Exhibitors have the ability to generate new leads, gain exposure and access new customers while maintaining relationships with existing ones. The Exhibit Hall is also the hub for the Opening Reception, Coalition Ideas Fair Poster Presentations, Continental Breakfasts, Refreshment Breaks and more.

CADCA is making the exhibit hall more accessible to all Forum attendees. For 2018, the exhibit hall will continue to be located in the Maryland Ballroom which is located on the main level of the Gaylord Hotel along with the majority of the meeting rooms. Like last year, Forum attendees and exhibitors will no longer have to travel two floors down to visit the booths, grab their breakfast or a cup of coffee.  We believe moving the exhibits will give you more traffic and interaction with the attendees.

About CADCA:

Since 1992, CADCA has demonstrated that when all sectors of a community come together - social change happens. CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. We have members in every U.S. state and territory and working in 23 countries around the world. Special programs within CADCA are supporting our returning veterans and their families and training youth leaders to be effective agents of change –all through the coalition model.


Feb 4   

3 – 7 pm                       Registration Open

Feb 5   

8 am – 6 pm                 Registration Open
8:30 am – 4:45 pm       SAMHSA’s Prevention Day
5 – 6:30 pm                  Opening Reception / Exhibits Open / Coalition Ideas Fair
8 – 9 pm                       Youth Meet-n-Greet (Open to All Youth)

Feb 6   

7 am – 6 pm                 Registration Open
7:30 – 8:15 am             Continental Breakfast / Ideas Fair Display Presentations
7:30 am – 3:45 pm       Exhibits Open
8:30 – 10:30 am           National Leadership Plenary
10:30 am – 11 am        Networking Refreshment Break
11 am – 12:15 pm        Adult & Youth Training Sessions
12:15  – 1:30 pm          Lunch Break
1:45 – 3 pm                  Adult & Youth Training Sessions
3 – 3:30 pm                  Networking Refreshment Break
3:30 – 4:45 pm             Adult & Youth Training Sessions
5 – 6:15 pm                  State & Territory Meetings
8 – 9:30 pm                  National Coalition Academy Graduation

Feb 7   

7:30 am – 4 pm            Registration Open
7:30 - 8:15 am              Continental Breakfast / Ideas Fair Display Presentations
7:30 am – noon            Exhibits Open
8:30 – 10:45 am           Capitol Hill Day Plenary & Rally
11:30 am – 12:30 pm   Congressional Reception
1 – 2:15 pm                  Adult Training Sessions
1 – 5 pm                       Capitol Hill Day Appointments
8 – 9:30 pm                  Youth Dance (Open to All Youth)

Feb 8   

7:30 am – 12:30 pm     Registration Open
7:30 – 8:45 am             Membership Breakfast (Open to All)
8 – 11 am                     Exhibits Open
9 – 10:15 am                Adult & Youth Training Sessions
10:15 – 10:45 am         Networking Refreshment Break
10:45 am – noon          Adult & Youth Training Sessions
12:20 pm – 2:20 pm     National Leadership Awards Lunch
2:45 – 4 pm                  Adult & Youth Training Sessions

Feb 9   

8 am – 4 pm                 DFC Support Program Applicant Workshops (separate registration required however attendance is complimentary)

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