Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse

Calhoun

Calhoun County is served by both the Substance Abuse Council and the Albion Community Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

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The Substance Abuse Council (SAC) is a drug prevention coalition serving the community for over 30 years. Realizing our purpose of achieving greater community health is made possible with collaborative partnerships amongst schools, youth, religious organizations, healthcare, government agencies, law enforcement, media, local businesses, community organizations, foundations, and parents.

SAC's mission is achieving greater community health through the prevention and reduction of substance abuse.

Educational Presentations include:

  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines & meth lab identification
  • Understanding addiction
  • Substance abuse recovery
  • Prescription drug abuse & heroin
  • Underage drinking prevention
  • Identifying the physical effects of substance abuse
  • Impaired/responsible driving
  • Substance abuse in Calhoun County and substance abuse in the workplace.

Prevention Programs and Initiatives offered are:

  • Above the Influence
  • Strengthening Families Program
  • Toward No Drug Abuse
  • Towards No Tobacco Abuse
  • Likeskills
  • Learning to Live Tobacco Free
  • Project Ex
  • Prime for Life

Task Forces and Committees:

  • Substance Abuse Workgroup
  • Meth and Medicine Abuse Prevention
  • 5C's Tobacco Workgroup
  • Marijuana Prevention
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Data

The Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at in the conference room at the Battle Creek Community Foundation from 10-11 am.  Other groups meet as needed.

 

Properly dispose of expired or unused medications at one of our Red Med Box locations:

Battle Creek
Calhoun County Sheriff Office - Justice Complex
161 E Michigan
Battle Creek, MI
269-969-6424
8-4:00 Mon-Friday

Battle Creek Police Department
20 N Division
Battle Creek, MI
269-966-3322
Open 24/7

Emmett Township Dept of Public Safety
617 Cliff Street
Battle Creek, MI
269-968-9303
8-5:00 Mon-Friday

Bronson Outpatient Pharmacy
363 Fremont, Suite 111
Battle Creek
269-245-8646 
​9-5:30 pm Mon-Fri

Homer
Calhoun County Sheriff Office
130 E Main St
Homer, MI
517-568-4312
8-5:00 Mon-Friday

Springfield
Calhoun County Sheriff Office
601 Avenue A
Springfield, MI
269-965-7795
7:30-5 pm Mon-Thurs / 8-12:00 Fridays

Marshall
Marshall Regional Law Enforcement Center
714 Old US 27 N
Marshall, MI
269-781-0880 / 269-558-0520
8-5:00 Mon-Friday


Contacts
Dawn Smith
Executive Director, BS, CPS-M 
drsmith@calhouncountymi.gov

Heather Vought
Program Manager, BS, CPS
hvought@calhouncountymi.gov

Danyelle Maitland
Prevention Director, BS, CPS
dmaitland@calhoucnoutnymi.gov

Sean Washington
Project Coordinator, CPS
swashington@calhouncountymi.gov

 

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The Albion Community Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (ACSAPC) was founded by Harry J. Bonner, Sr. His agency - Substance Abuse Prevention Services, Inc., continues to support the coalition in its growth as a community-based task force of committed local individuals representing a variety of key stakeholders including:

  • Youth service organizations
  • Human service agencies
  • Health and medical service providers
  • Public housing authorities
  • Faith-based community groups
  • Local school districts
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Various governmental entities
  • Public and private sector businesses

"The mission of the coalition is to plan and implement community-wide mobilization strategies and county-wide collaborative efforts that prevent or reduce substance use among youth, while positively impacting the associated consequences of substance use and abuse among adults".

The primary objective of the coalition is to advocate for the comprehensive delivery of substance use and mental health disorder prevention, intervention and treatment services among the population in and around the greater Albion/Marshall area (Eastern Calhoun County). The goal is twofold:

  1. To prevent or reduce substance use and co-occuring disorders (SUD/COD) by targeting specific local groups and environmental conditions.
  2. To mobilize community in identifying and addressing the social issues or conditions contributing to a rise in the potential for drug abuse and mental health disorder.

The agency's (SAPS') unique contribution to local coalition work is its mentoring/coaching approach to providing prevention, intervention, assessment and referral services in both the schools and throughout the community.

ACSAPC's steering committee and active prevention partners are specifically trained/coached in this approach to intervention and community mobilization; Implementation of research-based, data driven model programs is the common thread among prevention programs and campaign activities endorsed and supported by the coalition:

Cultural Diversity and Awareness is the central theme throughout this Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) for local prevention activity. Systems change through effective identification of local risk and protective factors and early identification and referral is the hallmark of all local prevention efforts. 

Creating the capacity to develop safe, healthy behaviors and supporting environmental conditions for children and youth to thrive starts with establishing healthy beliefs and clear standards in families, schools, communities, and peer groups. There are three priority focus areas for coalition-led prevention and awareness campaigns:

  • Prescription (Rx) Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Underage Drinking (UAD) Prevention
  • Marijuana Awareness and SUD Prevention.

Agency and coalition participation in Battle Creek based county-wide initiatives serves to better inform the larger network of service providers concerning special needs or barriers on the eastern side of the county. 

In support of coalition activities, the agency (SAPS), with active participation of its community partners, engages both school personnel and the community at-large to provide program activities and implement prevention campaigns targeting the area's high-risk groups. Some of the programs and  activities provided by SAPS and its partnerships are:

  1. Youth Development Programs such as  Across Ages Mentoring and Children with Adolescent Mentors (CAMP)
  2. The school-based Positive Action, a social emotional learning curriculum
  3. Challenging College Alcohol Abuse and Diversity Awareness
Supporting County | Calhoun

Find us:

 

Find Us:

Meetings are held from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM - 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Our location is:

Wesley Lounge (adjoins Wesley Chapel)
Albion First United Methodist Church
600 East Michigan Avenue
Albion, MI

From the church parking lot - entrance to the lounge is at the south side of the tunnel underpass.

Substance Abuse Prevention Services:


Local RED MED BOX collection site:

ALBION CITY HALL - Front Lobby
112 W. Cass St. / Albion. Michigan. 

For information regarding agency or coalition activities contact:

Harry J. Bonner Sr., CPS-M - SAPS Exective Director
(517) 914-5921 / hbonner@hotmail.com

D. Chris Farmer, CPS - SAPS Program Director
(517) 629-2113 / dchrisfarmer@hotmail.com

 

   

 

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