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Award from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America recognizes individuals who are exceptional advocates in drug prevention

The following release was issued recently when Kye Nordfelt, Substance Misuse and Abuse Reduction Team (SMART) Coordinator for the Utah County Department of Drug Alcohol and Alcohol Treatment and Prevention (UCaDDAPT).

"We are very excited for Kye to earn this national recognition," said Jo Ann Petrie, SMART Chair. "He is the one that keeps our diverse group together and focused on a specific target -- the prevention and reduction of substance misuse in Utah County. We are very appreciative of his efforts, and feel he is extremely deserving of this award."

"Kye is exceptional at motivating a vast group towards a specific goal," said Pat Bird, UCaDDAPT Prevention Manager. "He can collect numerous resources and distill them down for the group to use. He helps prioritize competing objectives, and helps direct the coalition with accepted best-practices to achieve our desired outcomes."

The Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment is responsible for prevention, treatment, and early intervention programs for both youth and adult citizens of Utah County. For information on UCDDAPT programs or services, please visit www.utahcountysubstanceabuse.org or call 801-851-7127.

Nordfelt accepting award


Kye Nordfelt named 2012 Advocate of the Year by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Award recognized individuals who are exceptional advocates in drug prevention

WASHINGTON, DC (February 9, 2013) -- Kye Nordfelt, Coalition Coordinator ,Utah County Department of Drug Alcohol and Alcohol Treatment and Prevention (UCaDDAPT), has been named the 2013 Advocate of the Year by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the nation’s leading substance abuse prevention organization representing over 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions across the country. He will accept the award on Thursday, Feb. 9 during CADCA’s 23rd annual National Leadership Forum, being held Feb. 4-7 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

This award recognizes substance abuse prevention leaders who are exceptional advocates for our field, forging relationships and educating their elected officials throughout the year about key substance abuse-related issues and helping to ensure that Members of Congress understand the importance of community coalitions.

Nordfelt became the Coalition Coordinator for the Substance Misuse and Abuse Reduction Team (SMART) in 2008. The County received a Strategic Prevention Framework Grant and needed someone to organize a coalition and begin implementing strategies in the community. From this grant, and SMART was born. In 2010, the coalition received a Drug Free Communities grant and coalition members have accomplished much over the years.

“When it comes to policy matters, Kye is one of CADCA’s most active and strongest allies and is always willing to go the extra mile to help advocate for the coalition field. He has helped to secure funding for critically important prevention programs, specifically the Drug Free Communities Program, by mobilizing people within his community and communicating with his members of Congress and Senators in a timely manner,” said CADCA Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur Dean.

CADCA's National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, featuring more than 80 training courses to help community and state leaders prevent and reduce substance abuse and its related problems. The event, which brings together more than 2,500 community and state leaders, offers participants an opportunity to learn effective strategies to solve their community's substance abuse and violence problems, and to hear from the country's leading experts on drug prevention, treatment and recovery. For more information about CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, visit http://forum.cadca.org.

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment is the Local Substance Abuse Authority for Utah County. The department is responsible for prevention, treatment, and early intervention programs for both youth and adult citizens of Utah County. For information on programs or services offered, please call 801-851-7128.

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Nordfelt accepting award