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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
[email protected]

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

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

Region 5:
Mason, Putnam, Kanawha, Clay, Cabell, Wayne, Mingo, Logan, Lincoln, Boone
Kim Shoemake
Prestera Center
[email protected]

Region 6:
Webster, Pocahontas, Nicholas, Fayette, Greenbrier, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Wyoming, Mercer, McDowell
Kathrn Kandas
Community Connections
[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!


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