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PREVENTION FIRST is a proactive, comprehensive stance to showcase the importance of substance abuse prevention throughout West Virginia. This approach provides a clear, consistent, strong message to community members, lawmakers, and other key stakeholders that “prevention” is an integral part of the continuum of care and that prevention is a critical component of any thriving community.

Contact a Prevention Lead Organization to engage with prevention efforts in your region!

Prevention Lead Organizations

Region 1:
Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel Contact:
Lori Bumba
Youth Services System, Inc.
(304) 233-9627
[email protected]

Region 2:
Pendleton, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Jefferson, Berkeley Contact:
Paige Mathias
Potomac Highlands Guild
304-703-7940
[email protected]

Region 3:
Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Ritchie, Jackson, Wirt, Roane, Calhoun Contact:
Shelly Mize
Westbrook Health Services
304-485-1721
[email protected]

Region 4:
Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Barbour, Tucker, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Braxton
Contact:
Elizabeth Shahan
Harrison Co. FRN
304-423-5049
[email protected]

Region 5:
Mason, Putnam, Kanawha, Clay, Cabell, Wayne, Mingo, Logan, Lincoln, Boone
Contact:
Tim White
Prestera Center
304-525-7851
[email protected]

Region 6:
Webster, Pocahontas, Nicholas, Fayette, Greenbrier, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Wyoming, Mercer, McDowell
Contact:
Kathrn Kandas
Community Connections
304-913-4956
[email protected]



Congratulations to the 1st Annual
2015 WV PREVENTION FIRST Award Winners!


Governor's Initiative

Click here to visit the Governor's Initiative to combat substance abuse.

Community Support

Contact us to learn how you can get involved in local efforts today!

PREVENTION FIRST Partners

Click here for a list of our PREVENTION FIRST partners throughout WV.