CICAD: Demand Reduction - PROCCER


CICAD: Demand Reduction - PROCCER


CICAD: Demand Reduction - PROCCER


CICAD: Demand Reduction - PROCCER


CICAD: Demand Reduction - PROCCER


CICAD: Demand Reduction - PROCCER


CICAD: Demand Reduction - PROCCER


CICAD: Demand Reduction - PROCCER

PROCCER Executive Summary


Executive Summary

PROCCER LogoEffective action on the issues of drug abuse and gang violence in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean is hampered by the lack of properly trained and certified frontline personnel. An innovative program, now being implemented in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean by the OAS’s Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS), is helping to remedy this problem. 

Since 2006, CICAD’s Training and Certification Program for Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (PROCCER) has provided staff training and institutional capacity-building in the prevention of drug abuse and violence, and drug treatment methods to more than 500 staff of governmental and non-governmental drug treatment programs and governmental juvenile detention centers in Central America.  A certification process has been developed by CICAD and  Latin American experts and is currently in the implementation process in Central America and was expanded to Mexico in 2010 with the signing of the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding between the OAS and the Government of the Republic of Mexico.

In 2011, CICAD continued to expand this successful program throughout the rest of Central America and beyond to the Caribbean region. The PROCCER Caribbean initiative targets not only treatment, but also prevention service providers in the training and certification of human resources.  The prevention component, while presently exclusive to the Caribbean, will be introduced to Central America in 2012 at the request of the OAS member states.

The program's main objective is to optimize the quality of services in drug prevention programs and treatment facilities through training, technical assistance and the application of technology; and to establish a certification process for drug prevention and treatment personnel in coordination with national authorities.  CICAD, together with the National Drug Commissions, Ministries of Health, academic institutions, regional political entities, and NGO prevention and treatment providers, will:

  • Deliver training courses in prevention and drug treatment counseling, therapy techniques and management skills to prevention and treatment service providers, using the PROCCER treatment training curriculum and the soon-to-be developed PROCCER prevention curriculum, both of which will be adapted by regional experts for use in the Caribbean.  The training courses are offered at varying levels of complexity, based on skills, competencies and education levels (basic, technical, professional, supervisor); the specifics are tailored to the capacities of counselors and treatment program administrators in each country. CICAD will conform a stable group of regional trainers able to deliver the courses on an ongoing basis;


  • Establish Regional Certification Boards for Drug Prevention and Treatment Personnel in each country, and provide for periodic verification that the counselors are applying the skills they acquired during the training through a re-certification mechanism. The Certification Boards will also be provided with a record-keeping system to track personnel that have been certified and where they are working;


  • Introduce Internet-based information management systems of institutional and patient records in the drug treatment centers, and provide training to staff for effective use (will facilitate follow-up and assessment of effectiveness of treatment);


  • Develop and conduct national and regional progress and impact monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for prevention and treatment.

The PROCCER initiative responds to the need to strengthen, disseminate and institutionalize systematic training in drug abuse research, prevention and treatment through the establishment of certification mechanisms and the development of effective prevention and treatment models and approaches for at-risk populations in the region, especially gang members, youth at risk and people suffering from substance use disorders.  It draws upon the experience of service delivery agencies in the United States and Latin America, and is designed to foster the development of local training capacity and evidence-based training programs and prevention and treatment service delivery in Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean region, and eventually the Southern Cone Region of South America.


updated on 5/30/2012 5:22:48 PM