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San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness

A Safe and Thriving Community

aka SACADA   |   San Antonio, TX   |  https://www.sacada.org

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Mission

"Empowering our community to live healthy lives; by providing prevention, intervention and recovery support services for children and adults."

Ruling year info

1959

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Abigail Garza Moore

Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Lisa Juarez

Main address

South Texas Centre, Dave Coy Building 7500 U.S. Highway 90 West, Suite 201

San Antonio, TX 78227 USA

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Formerly known as

San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

EIN

74-1340188

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the 2022 Texas School Survey of Drug & Alcohol Use for Region 8, the average age of first use for substances are: • Tobacco – 12 • Alcohol – 12.5 • Illicit Drugs – 11.9 • Marijuana – 13.6 • Inhalants – 11.0 Substance use prevention is key to ensuring children live a safe and thriving life. The use of drugs during childhood and adolescence has more potential to disrupt brain function in areas critical to motivation, memory, learning, judgement, and behavior control, because the brain is still developing during these periods. Prevention programs in schools foster protective factors, such as school connectedness and positive peer relationships, which can help students avoid engaging in risk behaviors and help students learn skills important to promoting healthy choices, such as decision making, goal setting, and self-management. Every year that substance use is delayed, the risks of addiction and substance misuse decreases.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Prevention Services

The San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness launched Youth Prevention Programs in 1987 as a school base program for 4th and 5th graders. At the time, statistics showed that 1 in every 4 children in any classroom had the disease of addiction in their family. Studies suggested that children of substance users, although at increased risk for developing the disease themselves, could be empowered to understand addiction as a disease that was preventable, and that they were not responsible for the behaviors of others. Over the years, SACADA's Youth Prevention program has grown to include children ages 6-18 and has become a discovery and skill-building program for all children as they are faced with negative influences in a more complex society. In 2022, SACADA acquired the Hill Country Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (HCCADA) located in Kerrville, Texas and have expanded Youth Prevention services to more counties.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Community Coalitions are in Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Kendall counties. Coalitions seek to promote behavioral health and reduce use or misuse of substances, prioritizing the following: underage alcohol use, marijuana and cannabinoid use, tobacco and other nicotine product use, and prescription drug misuse. Strategies address underlying factors that lead to substance use and misuse including, but not limited to, adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health, and/or other youth, family, and community risk and protective factors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

HYPE (Helping Youth through Prevention Education) is a Youth Coalition and Performing Arts group, ages 10-17. The youth ambassadors lead by example and use their talents to promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles and take proactive roles as positive agents of change with their peers and the community. This group provides youth with an alternative to express themselves. HYPE members learn from skilled Hip Hop and other dance instructors.

When many students are home during school holiday and summer breaks, you can find HYPE ambassadors at different community events teaching younger children and their peers about the dangers of substance misuse through presentations and activities.

Population(s) Served
Students

The Prevention Resource Center (PRC) is one of 11 state-wide data clearinghouses in Texas. Representing the Region 8 area, the Prevention Resource Center services the 28 counties of South-Central Texas providing community stakeholders with the most current information relative to the unique needs of the diverse communities that make up the region.

The PRC-Region 8 provides free presentations and education resources to South Central Texas. The PRC also creates an annual Regional Needs Assessment (RNA) designed to aid community stakeholders in long-term strategic prevention planning. The RNA contains information on statistics relevant to risk and protective factors association with drug use, as well as consumption patterns and consequences data, as well as insight related to gaps in services and data availability challenges. Reach out to us and get your free RNA copy

Population(s) Served
Adults

RECOVERY SERVICES: Support services to individual with a substance use disorder b providing virtual, telephonic, and face-to-face option to connect with a state-certified experienced recovery coach.

PADRES (Intervention): Program designed to help expecting, new, and current fathers and mothers overcome the challenges that often come with parenting when you have one or more risk factors for a substance use disorder.

MADRES (Intervention): To support and enhance recovery-focused community efforts by delivering evidence-based long-term substance use disorder recovery service.

MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT) PROGRAM: To provide services to uninsured and under-insured adults diagnosed with an opioid use disorder in Bexar County who are seeking medication for opioid use disorder.

For detailed information, visit www.sacada.org

Population(s) Served
Adults

Monthly classes are offered for youth and adults whose lifestyle choices have put them at risk of addiction. These include: DWI First Offense, Alcohol Awareness/Minor in Possession , Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Program (ADAEP) , Marijuana Awareness Education.

Assessments & Referrals: We offer the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) screening for adults and provides full drug and alcohol assessments for both in and out-of-state requests. SACADA is a recognized provider of drug and alcohol evaluations by the Texas Board of Law Examiners.

Mental Health Awareness Training: Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid training to school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, and other community members. No charge but must register.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2023

Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Texas Association of Substance Abuse Professionals 2023

San Antonio Nonprofit Council 2023

Texas Public Radio 2020

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2023

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in substance abuse

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving information on alcohol and other drug use

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Youth Prevention Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SACADA goals are to educate our youth and families on substance use prevention. Many of the youth we see come from underprivileged homes and, therefore, may be at a higher risk for substance use. Youth prevention programs empower young people to meet life’s challenges and transition into adulthood by partnering with their families and communities to promote healthy environments and behaviors. These programs are evidence based and endorsed by
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The programs are delivered before the onset of a substance use disorder and are intended to prevent or reduce the risk of developing a health problem.

It is also important to teach the same skills to adults, many of whom have children, in order to see them live a healthy, productive life, which will also impact their families. In our Recovery Support program, our goal is to work with those needing to enter recovery or are transitioning from formal treatment to help them find employment, housing, and stay on their path to recovery. Our certified recovery coaches work one-on-one to set up the best plan for each individual we serve.

Our youth prevention programs are taught in grades 1-12, with evidence-based programs to accommodate different grade levels. Programs are geared by grade level and by recommendations from teachers and counselors. The programs consist of:
YOUTH PREVENTION UNIVERSAL (YPU) – Targets children and teens teaching “Too Good for Drugs.” Topics include goal setting, identifying and managing emotions, effective communication, relationships, effects of using substances, risks of tobacco/vaping, and peer pressure refusal skills.
YOUTH PREVENTION SELECTIVE (YPS) – Targets children and teens at a higher risk because of their family situation. The same principles as YPU are taught, but added emphasis on handling anger, making healthy choices, resisting negative peer pressure, and setting goals.
YOUTH PREVENTION INDICATED (YPI) – Designed for individuals who exhibit substance risk-related behaviors. These are students who have been found with substances and/or attended school under the influence. This curriculum goes into more details about the effects of long-term use and the consequences with the goal for youth to make the decision to be substance-free.

SACADA's Recovery Support Services program assists individuals with a substance use disorder by facilitating a client’s transition from formal treatment into a life of sustained recovery. Our services include: Assist with sober living/transitional housing/essentials, Medication Assisted Recovery treatment, help with health care; employment preparation/job search, probation requirements and help with CPS cases, enrollment in court mandated education courses.

Recovery Coaches are certified and all in long-term recovery. They are trained to be actively involved in the life of a recovering substance user to prevent relapse and build a life that is meaningful and healthy. They are available by phone/text/email/virtually and hold their clients accountable, assist in getting them the resources they need. Coaches share their own recovery story to help connect to others. Virtual meetings are held twice daily to share their journey with one another and give each other support. Parenting and Anger Management classes have been added. Eight annual virtual activities are hosted like painting, movie night, and games, with high virtual attendance. Interaction continues for months and even years after formal treatment concludes.

SACADA feels it is our moral obligation to reach out to the community and offer substance prevention programs in order for our citizens to make healthier and more productive lifestyle choices. We are always looking for ways to get funding to reach many more in our community.

SACADA is proud of the work we do each day in substance use prevention. However, currently, we have 13 schools on a waiting list requesting our youth prevention programs. This would consist of 93 groups of students with 20-30 youth in each group. The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, December 2016, states that 1 in 7 people will develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives and only 1 in 10 people receive any type of substance use treatment. It is imperative to continue to teach evidenced-based prevention programs to our schools, communities, businesses, and other settings.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our area, we transitioned to virtual education and presentation for youth. We have now moved back to in-person classroom settings. All youth prevention and presentations are offered to our community at no charge.

We also moved to telehealth and virtual Peer Support Group meeting via Zoom. We have continued with these programs virtually as we are able to reach many more clients who do not have transportation or funding to cover the cost of a ride. We have also seen that we are able to reach many more adults, not only in our community, but from other States.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness

Board of directors
as of 12/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Sonia Jasso, Ph.D.

St. Mary's University

Term: 2020 - 2026


Board co-chair

Mr. Dick Coons

WellMed Medical Management

Term: 2015 - 2026

Abel Gonzales, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Joe Rodriguez, CPA

BDO USA, LLP

Jeanie Murphy, D.B.A.

J. Murphy & Associates, LLC

Jordin Galbraith, CPA

Shriver, Carmona & Company, PLLC

Joseph Harrison, Jr., Ph.D.

University of Phoenix

Ryan D. Holt

Infinite Recovery

Ramon G. Reyes, M.D.

Village Medical

Justin Simone

Silicon Valley Bank

Jaime Torres

USAA

Sara E. Dysart, J.D.

Attorney at Law

Edgar Anderson

Wells Fargo

Randall S. Garcia

Christian Leadership Network, Inc.

Steve C. Henry, Ph.D.

Retired

John P. Locke

Valero Energy Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/21/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.