Who We Are

Humboldt Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)

Formerly know as Humboldt County Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs Prevention Coalition

Who We Are: 

  • A partnership of local organizations and individuals dedicated to reducing and preventing substance abuse in Humboldt County.
  • We’re working to build a safe and health community free of drug-related harm

What We Do:

  • Raise public awareness of the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse.
  • Promote responsible behavior
  • Identify and apply prevention solutions that can be used to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse.

When & Where We Meet:

The coalition meets every other month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Community Wellness Center, 908 7th Street in Eureka.

Upcoming Meetings:

June 8, 2016  3:30-5:00 pm

August 10, 2016 3:30-5:00 pm

October 12, 2016 3:30-5:00 pm

December 14 2016 3:30-5:00 pm


ASAP Committees

  • Outreach

The outreach committee is responsible for insuring that ASAP is an open and friendly group that is welcoming to prospective new members.

  • Youth Leadership

The youth leadership committee is responsible for supporting and cultivating youth-based leadership in coalition activities.

  • Rx Abuse Prevention 

The Rx committee examines local Rx use and ways to prevent abuse in our community.

  • Social Host 

The Social Host committee will continue to provide leadership and support to the City of Eureka and Eureka Police Department to further the goals of the Social Host Ordinance.

  • Executive/Steering Committee


Humboldt Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)

Formerly Humboldt County Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Prevention Coalition

Our History:

The coalition was formed with the goal of developing a strategic plan for alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention in Humboldt County. Original coalition members consisted of two representatives from education and four from public health.

The focus began to shift to youth and the Coalition was involved in applying for a Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities grant which it was awarded in January 2003. The coalition assisted the county by providing oversight and guidance on grant activities and met monthly.

A recommendation was made by the coalition in the fall of 2003 to “Engage youth in prevention policy and program development” and include violence prevention in strategic planning.

The coalition had broadened its membership to include representatives from multiple agencies and it supported the County of Humboldt’s application for a State Incentive Grant to reduce binge drinking among youth.

The State Incentive Grant was awarded in September 2004 and coalition began to meet weekly and formed a youth leadership team called Youth for Positive Change. This team met with the local active adults at the coalition’s meetings. Youth received training and conducted a youth-led community forum on reducing risky drinking among youth.

After the State Incentive Grant funding ended, the coalition continued to meet quarterly and to work on reducing alcohol and other drug use among youth, reducing injury and death associated with alcohol and other drug impaired driving among youth in Humboldt County, and reducing the availability of alcohol to youth in Eureka and Arcata. Paid public health staff and volunteers from other sectors participated in the coalition and in sub-committees.

2010 to present
The Coalition voted to apply for a federal Drug-Free Communities grant. This grant was awarded to the Humboldt County DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) – Public Health Branch to support the community-based ATODPC. The Coalition, with leadership from DHHS Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program staff, developed a logic model and one-year action plan focused on youth drug prevention. The Coalition’s current mission and goals specifically address reducing youth substance use.


Members of Humboldt A.S.A.P

Anna Owings-Heidrick Parent
Chris Ash Public Health
Ruby Bayan Private Practice
Mathew Cone AOD Prevention Program
Grace Brosnahan AOD Prevention Program
Alison Newman DFC Program Director
Jaylea Cutter-Falk Humboldt State University
Friday Night Live
Christy Fausone St. Joseph Health System
Denise George Tobacco Free Humboldt
Phoebe Ruggles Ferndale High School
Kenton Goldsby Ferndale High School
Sarah Nieto Redwood Teen Challenge
Megan Gotcher Humboldt County Probation
Marissa Alvarado Eureka High School
Chris Jones Business Representative
Alex Hutchins Eureka High School
Christine Messinger DHHS Media Representative
Nick Lewis ASAP Vice- Chair, California Youth Council
Stephanie Steffano-Davis Whitethorn Elementary School
Richard Evans RCAA
Tamara Jenkinson Religious Organization Rep
Lou Moerner Northern California Indian Development Council
Rebekah Bailey Civic/Volunteer Group Rep
Charlie Sussman DHHS – Mental Health
David Young ASAP Chair, ADAB/MHB
Ed Wilson Eureka Police Department
Lara Weiss Public Health
Beth Wells DFC Project Director
Pamlyn Milsap Eureka Police Department

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