NCADD Rochester

DePaul's National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Rochester Area provides research-based substance abuse and problem gambling prevention services to a diverse population through education, support, resources, advocacy and referral.


Addictions Counselor Credential Training Program

“Not only were all the presenters knowledgeable, professional and excellent speakers and teachers, but they were highly motivating and made me think! I love what I am learning from all the presenters. It is clearly obvious to me that each instructor is enthusiastic about what they are presenting and I perceive a sincere desire that they wish to educate.”

-Participant in the ACCT Program

“This program has been a life changing experience. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to make a difference.”

-Participant in the ACCT Program

Continuing Education for Professionals

“I cannot say enough about the presentations…relevant, passionate and enormously practical!”

-Participant in 2012 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference

“I liked how this training was focused in the area that I work in. I loved the information it was so useful! Overall the information presented was excellent and helpful. The real world examples in this training were extremely helpful to me. Great trainings as usual! I learned a lot about myself! The speakers you bring in are excellent!”

-Participant in Day Workshop

Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center

“The resources, both human and material, made available to us through the PRC have been invaluable. Our HF-L coalition is just starting out and the training and support we have received have made our task possible. I will continue to avail myself of every training opportunity that comes our way!”

-Kim Rehberg, Honeoye Falls-Lima Coalition

“The staff of the FL PRC have provided invaluable guidance to our coalition as we develop strategies to reduce the use of substances by our youth.”

-Mary Grace, founding member Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition

“I would like to send my thanks to the Finger Lakes PRC for all of the support that has been provided. Because of their continued efforts our coalition is submitting a grant application for the DFC today! Without their expertise I don’t believe we would be in a position to begin to effect change on a population level in Wayne County; with their experience, I know we can!

-Christine Natale, Wayne Wellness Coalition Chairperson

Regarding FL PRC sponsorship to attend CADCA forum:

I greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend such a prestigious conference/event. I was blown away with conference. The exhibits were terrific and very informative. It’s always great to gather information and resources pertaining to your work.

-James Arrigenna, HFL Coalition


“Milagros Rodriguez-Vazquez is providing an effective prevention program reaching our students and providing knowledge about alcohol and drugs. In the past, many prevention programs did not recognize that alcohol and other drug use frequently begins long before children enter high school. Rodriguez-Vazquez is an expert in the field, with some of the helpful skills she is teaching our students including: reinforcement of life skills and drug/alcohol refusal skills; effective socialization; self-esteem and positive peer relationships and many more. We appreciate all her support for our students.”

-Ms. Abigail Rodriguez

“The life skills program was amazing! The students were very excited when Ms. Milly came in on Thursday and they could learn about ways to improve their decision making skills. The topics presented were extremely important and necessary for these young children to hear. The lessons were very well planned and the activities were age-appropriate and well-received.”

-Mrs. Messore, Lincoln School #22, Rochester City School District

“I think the program has been going very well with the students at #22. The feedback has been fantastic and more importantly the students have shown such interest for the program. This is very important because catching the students at an early age makes such a big difference. I look forward to a continued collaboration with you! Couldn’t ask for a better program for our children to be participating in.”

-Rose Mary Villarrubia-Izzo, Department of ELL, Bilingual & Hispanic Services, RCSD

Total Approach Family Program

“I learned how chemical dependency fits into being a foster parent and how to help my foster children. I learned the identities of the roles, what to look for and how to help and talk to these children.”

-A foster parent in the Total Approach Family Program

“I learned that drug addictions can hurt you and others. This class taught me that I can talk about this and I learned that my family can use strategies to talk about their feelings.”

-Five-year-old in the Total Approach Family Program

“I learned that you can talk about the effects of drug addictions on your life. I learned talking about it is important for everyone. I learned that I have to be brave because my mom is trying her best.”

-Eleven-year-old in the Total Approach Family Program