Our Focus

This coalition is a group of community members that have been impacted by or are concerned about substance use or mental health and want to improve our community’s quality of life. The coalition members work together on strategies to help prevent young people from ever trying or misusing drugs. It also works to create a community that helps support people who do have a substance use disorder or suffer from mental illness in staying safe, getting treatment, and maintaining their recovery.

Mission

Create a safe and healthy environment for youth with reduced access to substances and increased positive connections.

Vision

Healthy Choices, Better Lives

Values

Educate, Collaborate, Inclusion, and Partnership

Our Health Impact

  • Developed first social host ordinance in the state of WI to prevent underage drinking.
  • Self-reported underage binge drinking decreased from 26.4% in 2009 to 14.5% in 2017.
  • Distributed a parent toolkit related to marijuana to middle and high school students in two school districts in the county.
  • Created a toolkit for groups planning festivals and other events. This toolkit provides information on policies that can help prevent underage and binge drinking, which helps keep community members safe and the community clean. This group also completes alcohol sale compliance checks to help prevent the sale of alcohol to people who are underage.
  • Distributed lock boxes, medication deactivation bags, and lock box resources to local organizations, nursing homes, hospice care centers, and community housing organizations.

Get Involved

If the Substance Use Prevention Coalition sounds like something you or your organization is interested in joining, please send HMC a message or contact:

Brittany Boyer
brittanyb@newahec.org