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Prevention Services


Office of Prevention Services

64 New York Ave, NE, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202) 727-8608
Fax: (202) 645-8426

Substance Abuse Prevention

Prevention Services focuses on deterring the onset or first use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) among youth and reducing substance abuse risk factors for adolescents, families and communities.  Changing perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and local conditions that increase the risk of ATOD abuse are primary goals of the prevention program.

Prevention Services :

  • Coordinates the Prevention Policy Consortium, which consists of 15 different District agencies, that provides guidance on the development and implementation of a strategic prevention plan. 
  • Maintains the Prevention Resource Clearinghouse that provides educational materials and information relevant to maintaining healthy living free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and reducing factors that place youth, families and communities at risk.
  • Brings substance abuse information and educational resources directly to District neighborhoods and communities  in the APRA Mobilizer van
  • Provides training and technical assistance for youth, families, schools and communities in the use of evidence-based strategies and best prevention practices to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse 
  • Funds and monitor substance abuse prevention grants and contracts that include the four DC Prevention Centers and services designed for populations and communities at higher risk 
  • Prevention Services is also responsible for managing programs that prevents and reduces tobacco use among children and youth and ensures compliance with federal and District laws

The Prevention Centers

DC Prevention Centers are conveniently located throughout the city serving residents in 120 neighborhoods of the eight wards.  Each Center serves two ward designations. There is a Center for Wards 1 & 2; Wards 3 & 4, Wards 5 & 6, and Wards 7 & 8.

The Prevention Centers are dynamic hubs designed to strengthen the community’s capacity to prevent and curtail the use of drugs at the local level.  Each center focuses on building collaborations and partnership within the wards and promoting healthy drug -free living.

The staff at each Center works with communities and neighborhoods to provide substance abuse education, engages community leaders, youth and families in taking action to reduce the risks and use of ATOD and addresses local conditions and elements that lead to substance abuse.


Wards 1 & 2 Prevention Center

Address: 1419 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC, 20009
Phone Number: (202) 319-3085
Email: [email protected]
Primary Contact: Avery Gollinge, Director, (202) 660-1636, [email protected]
Hours: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Wards 3 & 4 Prevention Center

Address: 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015
Phone Number: (202) 686-4856
Primary Contact: Nadine J. Parker, Director, [email protected]
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wards 5 & 6 Prevention Center

Address: 1022 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone Number: (202) 543-5796
Primary Contact: Charles Dark, Director, [email protected]
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wards 7 & 8 Prevention Center

Address: 3939 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019
Phone Number: (202) 388-3001
Contact: Rosalind M. Parker, Esq., Director
Steven Hazel, MSW, Coordinator, [email protected]

Youth and Drug Abuse: What Parents Should Tell their Children

Service Contact: 
Eric Chapman, Prevention Services
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-8608
Contact Fax: 
(202) 645 -8426
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
Office Hours: 
8;30 am – 5 pm