The RADAR Network—Communication, Connections, Empowerment
Are you aware that you have immediate access to a substance abuse prevention and treatment resource that extends across state lines and even across oceans? Did you know that housed within your state are centers that belong to a network that blends knowledge and experience from federal, state, community, and international substance abuse professionals? This far-reaching resource is the Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Network.
The RADAR Network is sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) information component, SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI). The Network transforms communication, connections, and empowerment into action through its collaboration, knowledge exchange and transfer, and enthusiastic commitment to reducing the prevalence of substance abuse worldwide.
What is the RADAR Network?
The RADAR Network is a large substance abuse prevention and treatment infrastructure consisting of:
To date, even as the RADAR Network continues to grow, there are over 750 active centers. Collaboration and communication are the keys to keeping the national and international prevention community informed about the latest regulations, alcohol and drug use, scientific findings, campaigns and materials, and other resources. With this in mind, the mission of the RADAR Network is to strengthen communication, prevention, and treatment activities among a broad range of organizations to address problems related to substance abuse.
What are the unique services provided by the RADAR Network?
The RADAR Network Centers gather and exchange information responding to both the immediate and the long-term substance abuse prevention needs of their communities, and operate as an integral part of NCADI's distribution system. Through its close relationship with NCADI, the RADAR Network receives a wealth of information, materials, and resources that enable it to provide and coordinate prevention outreach to special populations and regions, while concurrently addressing their own unique needs within the state. They do this by tailoring national resources to the values, beliefs, and cultural norms of their constituencies.
For CSAP, the RADAR Network provides the "eyes and ears" from diverse segments of the substance abuse prevention field. Network members provide invaluable ideas and insights into CSAP's program planning (by proposing and reporting areas of need) and materials development process (through pretesting and other review processes in various stages of materials development). Materials, campaigns, and initiatives that are developed in this collaborative manner have greater local ownership and utility than "handed-down-from-the-top" initiatives. Network Centers agree to be easily accessible channels for the dissemination of new prevention messages, materials, and initiatives.
Overall, the RADAR Network contributes significantly to making prevention work in communities by:
How is the RADAR Network structured?
The RADAR Network consists of four types of Centers:
How can I access this resource outside of Nevada?
To learn the location of the nearest RADAR Network Center, or for other information about CSAP's RADAR Network, write, send an e-mail message, or call:
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
OR to access information within Nevada, Please call:
Nevada RADAR State Center – Nevada Prevention Resource Center