Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse

Van Buren

Vision: A county unoccupied by substance abuse.

Goal: The Van Buren Substance Abuse Task Force (VBSATF) builds on culture to educate, promote, and enforce what is the best for the health and safety of Van Buren County residents.

Mission: We provide a community collaborative approach to address consequences of existing and emerging issues associated with the use, abuse, addiction, and manufacturing of methamphetamine, prescription drug, alcohol and other drugs through education, community outreach, and enforcement.

We invite you to sit in on a VBSATF Meeting:

During meetings we discuss the prevalence of different drugs occupying and effecting our county. We brainstorm ways to prevent drug use from occuring and what is currently being done to help those who are effected by drug use. Our committee reports on prescription drug abuse, drug abuse treatment, and drug abuse prevention trainings. If this sounds like something you could contribute to ​please join us!

The Van Buren County Substance Abuse Task Force meets the 3rd Thursday of Every Month from 10:30am-12pm.

Meetings are held in

  • Van Buren Community Health Building
    801 Hazen St. Conference Room C
    Paw Paw, MI 49079

If you would like to recieve the meeting schedule for 2017 and/or be added to the email list to recieve updates on the task force please contact Colleen at 269-655-3399 or

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Educational  Prevention Presentations and Campaigns:

Keep a Clear Mind

Prime for Life

Victim Impact Panel

TiPS Training

Underage Drinking

Marijuana Prevention focused on Youth

Prescription Drug Abuse

Towards No Drug Abuse


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

Hometown Bangor Pharmacy
3 W. Monroe St.
Bangor, MI 49013

Decatur Village Hall
114 N. Phelps St.
Decatur, MI 49045

Hometown Gobles Pharmacy
206 S. State St.
Gobles, MI 49045

Hartford Police Department
19 W. Main St.
Hartford, MI 49057

Van Buren / Cass County District Health Department
57418 CR 681
Hartford, MI 49057

Hometown Lawton Pharmacy
350 N. Main St.
Lawton, MI 49065

Medicine Tree Pharmacy
56109 Village Center Circle
Mattawan, MI 49071

Bronson/Lakeview Pharmacy
52375 Main St
Mattawan, MI 49071

Van Buren/Cass County District Health Department
23200 Red Arrow Highway
Mattawan MI 49071

Paw Paw
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
205 S. Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Paw Paw Village Pharmacy
322 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Family Fare Supermarket
847 S. Kalamazoo st.
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Van Buren Community Mental Health
801 Hazen St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079

South Haven
Value Drug
08337 M-140
South Haven, MI 49090

South Haven City Police Department
90 Blue Star Highway
South Haven, MI 49090

Supporting County | Van Buren

Contact Info:  
Colleen Mencl
VBCMH:SUD Prevention Specialist



Use the TalkSooner app for tips on how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.