The Substance Abuse Prevention Program works with a number of schools and community-based organizations to coordinate the delivery of comprehensive prevention services in a manner that is compassionate, builds resilience, and is based in principles shown to be effective through research.

Local funds have also been used to support behavioral health services in all seven school districts in Whatcom County.  Each school district offers a unique set of services designed to meet their specific identified needs.

Federal funds, managed by DSHS-Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery, provide prevention services at two targeted sites in Whatcom County, including Bellingham and Ferndale.  These funds support the Community Prevention & Wellness Initiative and provide an array of services, including direct Services (services to individuals, families, or groups), environmental strategies (population-based strategies, such as policy development), training (coalition, professional, and public) and coalition support.  The Whatcom Family & Community Network provides support to coalitions at both of these sites.  More information about the coalitions and the CPWI efforts can be found at  Additional information about these services, and those previously mentioned, can be obtained by calling the Health Department.