Overview: Community Outreach


We are involved in outreach in our Ventura County communities, educating and increasing awareness about the risks and realities of alcohol and drug misuse and abuse. Please contact us about community outreach events and to inquire about presentations. Our Community Outreach team can come and speak to your organization, in both English and Spanish. 

October Events

What is the Opioid Crisis?

Visit the Opioid Awareness Month display at the Ventura County Government Center, Hall of Administration during the month of October


The Opioid Epidemic - How Bad is it? What Can We Do About It?

October 3, 2018, 5:30 PM
Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura

Guest Speakers: Sgt. Detective Victor Fazio, Ed.D; Narcotic Division, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department; Dan Hicks; Ventura County Behavioral Health, Chair, Ventura County Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup; Dr. Brad Speigel, Pain Management and Anesthesiology, Newbury Park; Moderated by: James Hornstein, M.D., CMHS Chair of the Bioethics Committee
Sponsored by Community Memorial Health System
To Register: https://www.cmhshealth.org/speaker-series/the-opioid-epidemic/

The 15th Annual Integrated Care Conference
"Integrating Substance Use, Mental Health, and Primary Care Services: Disruptive Innovations and Sustaining Change"

October 24-25, 2018
Hilton Universal City Hotel at Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City

Saving Lives: Ventura County's Overdose Prevention Program
Moderator: Loretta Denering, DrPH, MS, Ventura County Behavioral Health Dept
Kristen Donovan, PhD, EVALCORP
Daniel Hicks, BA, Ventura County Behavioral Health Department
Kim O ’Neil, Project SAFER Educational Foundation
Learn more: http://www.uclaisap.org/dmhcod/assets/docs/Integrated_Care_Conference_Brochure_2018_FINAL.pdf

"Prescription Drug Addiction: A National Epidemic...It Can Happen to Anyone" Forum. May 3, 2018.

Wm. Jahmal Miller, Healthy Communities: Promoting Wellness & Achieving Health and Mental Health Equity Forum, May 2, 2018.

Alma Ixta & Valerie Rodriguez, August 2018


Alma Ixta is our Community Services Coordinator. She is speaking at events, attending health fairs, and giving presentations to educate parents, families and the community about the risks of alcohol and drug misuse and abuse. For information about our events, request campaign materials or inquire about scheduling a presentation, contact Alma at (805) 981-8475 or Alma.Ixta@ventura.org

David Tovar is the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Grant Coordinator for ADP Prevention Services. He oversees outreach activities related to our Drug-impaired Driving Campaign. For information about campaign materials or inquire about scheduling a presentation, contact David at (805) 973-5376 or David.Tovar@ventura.org

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