Peggy Sue Black to Direct Education & Prevention Services
Andrea Mobley will Manage New Mentor Program
SANTA BARBARA, CA (April 4, 2022) – The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) is pleased to announce the recruitment of two seasoned individuals to oversee key youth and family programs in North County.
Peggy Sue Black has joined CADA as Program Manager, School Services – North County. She oversees 25 Mental Health Therapists delivering School-Based Therapy to students (TK-8th grade) in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. Therapists address many student issues, including behavior, trauma, emotional problems, bullying, alienation, and disengagement from classroom learning. They help students learn skills that boost resiliency and improve their social and academic function.
Students are referred to CADA’s School-Based Therapy Program through their school. For more information, contact the student’s school directly; or call/email CADA at 805.925.8860, email@example.com
Andrea Mobley has joined CADA in the newly created role of Mentor Program Manager, North County following the agency’s recent expansion of the program into the community. Now in its 18th year, the Mentor Program matches youth (3rd-8th grade) with caring adult mentors who commit to spending weekly time with their young mentee talking about the student’s issues and concerns, working on school assignments, setting goals, and enjoying each other’s company in a positive environment.
To become a CADA Mentor in North County, contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org; 805.357.5777. Parents can speak with the administrative team at their child’s school to request a referral to the Mentor Program. There is no cost to participate.
“CADA is deeply committed to serving the needs of youth and their families in North County,” said Executive Director Scott Whiteley, PhD. “Both Peggy Sue and Andrea bring extensive experience to these important roles. They are actively collaborating with school district administrators, community leaders, businesses and other local nonprofits to ensure that any child in need of therapy or who would benefit by having a mentor can easily access these life changing services.”
About Our New Managers
Peggy Sue was most recently with CommUnify in Santa Maria, where she served as Clinical Services Director for Family and Children Services Head Start (ages 0-5), and Family and Transition Youth (ages 16-26). Prior to that, she has extensive experience in providing therapy across a broad range of organizations in Las Vegas, Nevada. These have included roles as therapist, mental health therapist, clinical mental therapist, clinical director/therapist, psychotherapist, clinical substance abuse counselor, clinician, and clinical manager. She was one of only 10 certified addiction specialists in Nevada. Peggy Sue holds an MS in Counselor Education in Substance Abuse / Behavioral Health from the University of Las Vegas.
Andrea was mostly recently Assistant Director of the Arroyo Grande United Methodist Children’s Center, focused on the social and emotional development of children 3-5 years. Prior to that, she spent 10 years with Charter Communications, a national telecommunications and mass media company with services branded as Spectrum, in the roles of Store Manager, and Inbound Sales & Care Manager. Andrea earned a Master of Education from Walden University, and a BA in liberal studies with a concentration in social services from California State University Bakersfield. She additionally holds certificates and licenses in early childhood development.
About the Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (CADA)
Since 1949, CADA has delivered a broad range of effective programs and services focused on the education, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions affecting youth, adults, and families in Santa Barbara County. CADA’s commitment to provide a continuum of quality care in a safe and nurturing environment is supported by productive partnerships with local schools, community leaders, law enforcement, health care providers, other nonprofits, businesses, and the media. Working together, this powerful network helps CADA clients get and stay healthy and lead positive, productive lives that strengthen families and our community. Services are provided without regard to gender, gender preference, age, race, ethnicity, or national origin. No one is turned away for inability to pay.