Kids Fight Drugs
Poster Contest

Awards Reception

Sunday, October 18

Santa Barbara Courthouse Mural Room



Red Ribbon Week

October 26 - 30, 2015



Summit for Danny
Local Climb

Saturday, October 24

Elings Park

Join the climb to help our kids rise above drug abse!


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Council on Alcoholism & Drug AbuseBuilding a Safer,
Healthier Community


The mission of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is building a safer, healthier community by preventing and treating alcoholism and drug abuse.


We welcome you to our website, invite you to learn more about our many programs throughout Santa Barbara County, and hope you will consider supporting our work. If you or a friend or family member need help with a substance abuse problem, our knowledgeable and professional staff is available to answer any questions you have and provide assistance or referral as needed. Please call us at (805) 963-1433 for further information.  



18th Annual Mission for Mentors Telethon
Recruits 80 Mentors!


Each year the Fighting Back Mentor Program and KEYT Channel 3 team up to produce the “Mission for Mentors” Telethon. This prime-time media event recruits mentors for the many children in Santa Barbara who are waiting to be matched with a positive adult role model. Filmed live at Center Court in the Paseo Nuevo Mall, the Telethon provides the perfect opportunity for the community to come together in support of Santa Barbara’s youth.


We thank our community leaders and volunteers who turned out to man the phones on a windy evening, the first Thursday in October. This year's event resulted in 80 new mentors for the program, representing a total of 4,160 hours of mentoring.


The Fighting Back Mentor Program matches at-risk area youth with adult mentors who provide academic, social, and emotional support. Anne Smith Towbes founded the Telethon and calls the Mentor Program “one of the most vital in Santa Barbara County, changing our community one child at a time."


Thank you to our event sponsors: BMW of Santa Barbara,
Venoco, KEYT, Paseo Nuevo, Eyman-Parker Insurance Brokers,
and Dodson Land Surveying, Inc.!


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Registration Open for the Summit for Danny Local Climb!


Summit for Danny hikersRegister now to be a climber for the 15th Annual Summit for Danny Local Climb, which will take place on Saturday, October 24th at Elings Park. Every year, hundreds of hikers unite to raise scholarships funds for substance abuse treatment at the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center. Last year’s event raised over $125,000 for the treatment programs, serving over 300 area teens.

Families and friends enjoy great company and the choice of three different hiking trails. Live entertainment, a BBQ and awards presentation will follow. This is your opportunity to support our area youth to rise above drug abuse!


Debby DavisonThis year's event is dedicated to the memory of Debby Davison.

“Very sadly, Debby passed away from cancer July 7th. She was a long-time CADA supporter, Board Member and most importantly, a dear friend.”    
— Bob & Patty Bryant

Thanks to our Title Event Sponsors: Montecito Bank & Trust and the Towbes Group!





Dine Out for CADA Kids a Success!


Our heartfelt thanks to the 31 restaurants who participated in our Dine Out for CADA Kids event on Tuesday, June 30th, and to all of you who dined out that evening. In Santa Barbara's largest dining event of the year, participating restaurants donated 15-25% of food sales to CADA Kids. The event raised nearly $15,000 for CADA’s prevention programs for youth in Santa Barbara County. Click here to view a list of participating restaurants.



Summit for Danny Spain Climbers
Exceed Their Fundraising Goal


Our team of intrepid climbers are back from their journey to Spain, where they walked the legendary trail of Camino de Santiago. For over one thousand years, the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, has attracted countless spiritual and adventure-seeking pilgrims alike. From May 18 - 28 they logged in over 90 miles of walking!


Climbers pay all of their own expenses, so every dollar raised goes to support subtance abuse treatment for teens. We thank all of you who donated to the climb, which to date has raised over $110,000 to support treatment services for teens at the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center.



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Amethyst Ball Soars to New Heights
with the British Invasion!


The 2015 Amethyst Ball rose to new heights this year as 400 guests packed the Bacara Resort and Spa's main ballroom on Saturday, April 11 for a star-studded gala: The British Invasion. Guests arrived in an entertaining mix of black tie and 60's mod fashion, and were greeted by royal impersonators. The crowd sported Beatles wigs, British Flag mini-dresses and white boots, and various psychedelic outfits.

A sumptuous meal was capped off by a bread pudding dessert—a favorite of Princess Diana— created especially for the evening by Darren McGrady, former chef to the royal family.

The dance floor was packed till the last number as guests were entertained by Peter Noone and his Herman's Hermits band, Eric Burdon of the Animals, and Alan Parsons, known for the Alan Parsons Project and for working with the Beatles and Pink Floyd at Abbey Road.

The event's success was due to the creative planning and hard work of honorary chairs Peter Noone and his wife Mireille, and event chairs Bob Bryant, Susan Neuman, Holly Murphy, Betsy Turner and Anne Towbes. Thanks also to our numerous underwriters and patrons, and to all of those who bid on our silent and live auction items and donated to our special appeal to support CADA's school-based Youth Service Specialists. Special thanks goes to Peter Hilf for his generous gift of $100,000 to support CADA's programs.

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Learn More About Our Youth Service System in Santa Barbara Schools

At this year's Amethyst Ball, guests were moved by these heart-felt interviews with our Youth Service Specialists who work with students in local junior high and high schools to support them in dealing with a variety of mental health, behavioral, school, family, and substance abuse problems. >READ MORE




Fighting Back Against
Alcohol & Drug Abuse


Santa Barbara Fighting Back


CADA is the administrative agency for Santa Barbara Fighting Back, a community collaborative that works together to plan and implement community-wide initiatives to address the problems caused by substance abuse.




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Annual Report

In this Issue:


  • President's Message 
  • CADA's School-Based
  • Daniel Bryant Youth
    & Family Center 
  • Project Recovery
    Adult Treatment Programs
  • Adult Counseling
    and Education Programs 
  • Financial Statement
  • The CADA Family of Support



Fighting Back
Mentor Program
Online Resource Center

Online Mentor Resource Center

The Fighting Back Mentor Program has launched an online resource center: This website offers mentors and others interested in the program with detailed information about how to become a mentor, or how to get involved in the program in other ways, like volunteering, donating, or helping to recruit mentors. Primarily, the purpose of the site is to provide resources for mentors on activities they can do with their mentee, community events, and in-depth articles on a variety of youth development topics and issues facing children and teens today. Topics cover every area of life — school, personal life, social life, health, substance abuse prevention, gang prevention, and more. It's also a great resource for parents! We hope you will visit the site, make use of the resources you'll find there and give us your feedback.


The Mentor Resource Center was made possible by a grant from The Towbes Foundation.



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