Applying the CADCA Knowledge


It’s not just about going…and learning…it’s more about applying the skill back in Webster County. The True Blue National Forum team (Carolyn Sholar, Melea Ramin, Kevin Ranes, Seth Ranes, Raygan Ranes, and Donna Bumpus) presented to the Webster County Board of Education on Monday, February 25, 2019, about the National CADCA Forum. This presentation is just one of many opportunities forum participants will have to share the knowledge obtained during the four days in Washington D.C. earlier this month.  Seth and Raygan, as well as the adults, are using every opportunity possible to share the mission of the WC True Blue Crews.  Seth presented earlier this month to his Social Studies class at WCHS and Raygan will present this week to the Dixon Elementary True Blue Crew. @CADCA #CADCAForum

2019 CADCA Forum

February 3-7, Washington DC.

2019 CADCA National Forum Transforming Communities: The Power of Prevention.

Seth Ranes, Youth True Blue Crew, Raygan Ranes, Youth True Blue Crew, Kevin Ranes, Youth True Blue Co-Sponsor, Melea Ramin, WC KY-ASAP Chairperson, Carolyn Sholar, WCBOE District Liaison, and Donna Bumpus, DFC Coordinator attended the forum. Participants had the opportunity to attend training sessions, hear keynote speakers, speak with legislators, and even see our 1st Lady.

Raygan Ranes was one of three youth attending the CADCA Conference asked to participate on a panel in a session on Over the Counter Medicine. The students responded to the benefits and challenges of educating elementary students on OTC medicines. Raygan and her father, Kevin Ranes, received scholarships that covered their CADCA conference expenses. Raygan’s scholarship, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, required her to prepare for the conference by watching videos on OTC medications. She will also present OTC medication information to elementary students in WC. Kevin Ranes served as a monitor for various conference sessions.




CADCA National Forum 2019

Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue DFC graduated from the National Coalition Academy in Washington DC on Tuesday, February 5.

The National Coalition Academy (NCA) is a comprehensive training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute and teaches leaders “what they need to know” (the core competencies) and “what their team needs to do” (the essential processes) to establish or maintain a highly effective anti-drug coalition.

The NCA is designed specifically for coalition staff and volunteer leadership. It combines three weeks of classroom training, three reinforcement on-line sessions and access to a web-based workstation. The Academy’s training curriculum is organized within SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework.

By the end of the year-long training, in order to graduate, coalitions will have developed five essential products (1) a community assessment, (2) a logic model, (3) a strategic & action plan, (4) an evaluation plan and (5) a sustainability plan.


National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Webster County High School and Middle Schools are participating in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, January 22-25, 2019. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

Tuesday was Alcohol awareness, Wednesday was Nicotine awareness, today is Marijuana awareness, and Friday will be Opioids awareness.



Trending Substances in Webster County


“Trending Drugs in Webster County was presented by Billy Braden and Todd Jones on January 16th at the Extension Office. Local and state statistics were provided on youth drug and alcohol use. Information was provided on the number of overdose EMS calls, hospitalizations and deaths in Webster County for 2016-2018.

Social Service statistics were provided on the percentage of children who are placed in foster or relative care due to drug use at home.

Drug use signs to look for such as behavioral changes, personality shifts, hygiene problems, health issues, school/work concerns and suspicious items found at home or in the car were discussed.

An addict who is now in recovery shared the story of her journey into addiction which began at the age of 11.

Treatment Resources include:
**KY Help Call Center (1-833-859-4356)
**Find Help Now (
**KY State Police Sponsors the Angel Initiative
**Casey’s Law–provides a means of intervening with someone who is unable to recognize his/her need for treatment. Parents, relatives and/or friends may petition the court for treatment on behalf of the impaired person.

River Valley Behavioral Health (Owensboro) 800-737-0696

Outpatient/EARLY INTERVENTION YOUTH DIVERSION PROGRAM (for youth who are at risk of substance abuse, or who fall in between Prevention Services and actual substance abuse treatment services)

Cumberland Hall (Hopkinsville) 270-886-1919

Inpatient/Outpatient Adolescence

 Rivendell Behavioral Health (Bowling Green) 1-800-548-2621


 Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health (Radcliff) 270-351-9444

Female Adolescence Inpatient/Outpatient

Support our Webster County True Blue drug free initiative by wearing blue the first day of each month. True Blue t-shirts are available at Barns and Blooms in Dixon and Elite Screen Printing in Henderson.

Webster County Celebrates TRUE COLORS Week October 22-26

October 2018, Webster County combined Red Ribbon, Safe Schools, and Character Counts celebrations into a TRUE COLORS Week focusing each day on a color representing the 6Pillars of Character Counts.  The Webster County Youth Council and True Blue Crew kicked the week off with an assembly at each school presenting skits and anti-drug/positive choice speeches. Prior to TRUE COLORS Week, students at the elementary schools were given the task of making Character Counts banners to be displayed in their school. The best school-wide banner and the best class banner were selected with an announcement made during the TRUE COLORS assemblies with Providence Elementary winning the best school banner and Mrs. Jones 6th Grade Class from Sebree winning the best class banner.  The following pictures are just a few memories from the 2018 Webster County TRUE COLORS Week:

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