LAYC’s hosts the DC Prevention Center Wards 1 & 2 (DCPC), an initiative of the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), serving as a dynamic hub that engages, supports, and helps connect the many community elements that are needed for promoting healthy children, youth, and families as well as a drug-free District of Columbia. The theme of the DCPC: “Strong Communities…It’s About Youth, Families, and Caring Adults.”

The DCPC is designed to strengthen and mobilize communities to prevent substance abuse amongst youth in Wards 1 and 2 by disseminating education and increasing awareness about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; identifying community leaders and building community prevention networks to prevent substance abuse in their communities; facilitating Community Conversations and coordinating community forums to strengthen community capacity and address priority risk and protective factors by implementing evidence-based strategies; and providing training and technical assistance for community prevention networks. All of the strategies implemented by the DCPC are based on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).


LAYC DC site, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009


Mary Jo Vazquez, DC Prevention Center Wards 1 & 2 Director,, (202) 319-3085