The RADAR Network, sponsored by SAMHSA's NCADI, is the largest substance abuse prevention and treatment network of its kind. There are more than 700 active Centers worldwide with representation in every State and U.S. territory.
This unique network offers free membership and provides an organized way for States to connect with one another and with national agencies such as the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), and the National Prevention Network (NPN).
The RADAR Network consists of State clearinghouses, prevention resource centers, and national, international, and local organizations supporting substance abuse prevention activities.
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. RADAR Network Centers are committed to keeping the national and international community informed about the latest regulations, scientific findings, campaigns and materials, and other resources related to alcohol and drug use.
The RADAR Network achieves its mission by:
RADAR Network Centers are often the most powerful prevention messengers within their States and the leading distributors of Federal Government prevention materials. The RADAR Network Centers gather and exchange information according to 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 this close relationship with NCADI, RADAR Network members receive information, materials, and resources that are tailored to the values, beliefs, and cultural norms of each Center's constituencies. These resources help RADAR Network Centers provide and coordinate prevention outreach to special populations and regions, while addressing unique needs within each State.
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.
Page last updated: 04/07/2011