CCAPP had a strong relationship with the DPA from past co-sponsorship of Proposition 36 (the landmark Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act), which voters passed in 2000.
CCAPP leadership advocated changes to the initiative that would allow the state to move youth treatment funds into adult treatment once the state's crippled youth treatment system is developed.
Based on its experience in advocacy around California's ballot initiative, here are some recommendations from CCAPP to treatment advocates in other states facing recreational use initiatives.
CCAPP used a series of fact sheets and letters where recommendations were made and references were provided to support them.
CCAPP partners with state and federal advocates year-round, making access to important information readily available.
CCAPP collaborated with many organizations to build support for a treatment-friendly initiative.
CCAPP also has an extensive grassroots network of programs and professionals it can tap into when needed.
CCAPP's success was due in part to getting everyone on the same page.
CCAPP invited AOD advocates and state government officials from other states that had passed initiatives to participate in panel discussions in California to raise awareness about possible pitfalls and opportunities that came to light in their states.