PREVENTION FIRST is a proactive, comprehensive stance to showcase the importance of substance abuse prevention throughout West Virginia. This approach provides a clear, consistent, strong message to community members, lawmakers, and other key stakeholders that “prevention” is an integral part of the continuum of care and that prevention is a critical component of any thriving community.

Contact a Prevention Lead Organization to engage with prevention efforts in your region!

Prevention Lead Organizations

Region 1:

Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel Contact:

Lori Bumba

Youth Services System, Inc.

(304) 233-9627

[email protected]

Region 2:

Pendleton, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Jefferson, Berkeley Contact:

Paige Mathias

Potomac Highlands Guild


[email protected]

Region 3:

Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Ritchie, Jackson, Wirt, Roane, Calhoun Contact:

Shelly Mize

Westbrook Health Services


[email protected]

Region 4:

Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Barbour, Tucker, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Braxton


Elizabeth Shahan

West Virginia Prevention Solutions

118 N. 6th St.

Clarksburg, W.V. 26301

P: 304-423-5049

C: 304-629-8447

F: 304-423-5843

[email protected]

Region 5:

Mason, Putnam, Kanawha, Clay, Cabell, Wayne, Mingo, Logan, Lincoln, Boone


Kim Shoemake

Prestera Center


[email protected]

Region 6:

Webster, Pocahontas, Nicholas, Fayette, Greenbrier, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Wyoming, Mercer, McDowell


Kathrn Kandas

Community Connections


[email protected]

Congratulations to the 1st Annual

2015 WV PREVENTION FIRST Award Winners!

Governor's Initiative

Click here to visit the Governor's Initiative to combat substance abuse.

Community Support

Contact us to learn how you can get involved in local efforts today!


Click here for a list of our PREVENTION FIRST partners throughout WV.