Substance use disorder prevention website resources.

Local/Regional/State Sites

Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC)

The mission is to build a healthier community by preventing and reducing harmful substance use behaviors in Kent County, with a major focus on youth.

Comprised of 25 member organizations representing 12 core sectors – youth under 18, parents, businesses, media, schools/universities, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious/fraternal organizations, civic/volunteer organizations, healthcare, and government

The Kent County Prevention Coalition has launched the “first” one-stop resource site for youth in Kent County.  Check out the “Need Help” section of the site.

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Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (OSAP)

A group of community members, human service professionals, businesses, law enforcement, government officials, schools and school personnel who are working together to create change regarding youth substance use.

Advocates for a community that supports and encourages substance free youth.

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Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County

A group of community organizations working together to reduce substance abuse.

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Mason County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (M-SAPC)

Comprised of community leaders, administrators, and advocates from 30+ area agencies, representing 12 sectors of the community.

Mission: “Work together to achieve a reduction in substance abuse, by increasing understanding, ensuring treatment services, and supporting our families and community.”

For more information or to get involved, contact Katie Miller at:

Oceana County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

A collaborative group of community leaders and stakeholders established in April 2016 who are passionate about achieving a measurable reduction in youth drug and alcohol use

The coalition empowers our community to engage in effective, local, data-driven strategies to reduce and prevent youth and young adult drug and alcohol use

For more information, contact Kortni Evans at:

Talk Sooner

A resource for parents to access information about substance use prevention.

Provides a variety of information and resources to make the conversation easier: drug facts, trends, and information, signs to watch for if there are concerns about youth use and tips for how to talk to youth about this complicated topic.

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About Last Night

An effort to prevent adult heavy drinking in Kent County utilizing a multi-year, multi-media awareness campaign.

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West Michigan Take Back Meds

Proper management of unwanted medications in the West Michigan region.

A joint effort between local pharmacies, law enforcement, wastewater treatment facilities, and government agencies to provide residents with safe, convenient access to proper medicine disposal.

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Families Against Narcotics

Has chapters across Michigan with the purpose to raise awareness to the dangers of prescription narcotics, support those affected by narcotic addiction, and erase the stigma of addiction.

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Michigan Prevention Association

Marijuana infographics available for parents, teens, doctors, educators, and lawmakers and law enforcement.

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Above the Influence-Kent County

ATI-Kent County informs and inspires teens to reject illicit drugs via TV, print, Internet, and local radio advertising.  Most importantly, in partnership with schools, community organizations, and faith communities, Above the influence is about:

  • Peer to Peer learning and empowerment
  • Positive lifestyle choices
  • Creating healthy youth decision-making tools
  • Community mobilization via youth

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Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (OSAP)

OSAP consists of community members, human service professionals, businesses, law enforcement, government officials, schools and school personnel who are working together to create change regarding youth substance use. The OSAP mission statement is “We who live, work, and care about youth in Ottawa County will prevent substance abuse through effective, coordinated, and sustainable action.” Arbor Circle coordinates the OSAP coalition, which has a number of initiatives, subcommittees, and task forces.

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Reducing Ottawa Area Drunk Driving Taskforce (ROADD)

ROADD is a subcommittee of the OSAP Coalition. Our mission is to address the harm due to high-risk alcohol use and impaired driving. We do this through addressing youth access to alcohol, impaired driving, and high risk drinking by young adults.

ROADD includes membership from our local universities, Arbor Circle, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, and most local law enforcement agencies in Ottawa County. ROADD meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month and rotates locations.

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National Sites

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Committed to helping families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use

Information provided to empower families and advocate for greater understanding and more effective addiction treatment programs

Parent Toolkits –

Guides & Resources –

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

Link to fact sheets and other information on common drugs of abuse.

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Get Smart About Drugs

A Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) resource for parents, educators, and caregivers.

Gives detailed information on many different types of drugs, includes drug trends, and the consequences of use on the user and family.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

This section contains easy-to-read material for the public covering a wide range of alcohol-related topics. Publications listed below are online full text and free of charge unless otherwise noted.

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Talk. They Hear You.

Empowers parents and caregivers to talk with children early about alcohol and includes resources to help start the conversation.

Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Too Smart to Start

Materials on the site are designed to educate youth about the harms of alcohol use and to support parents and caregivers as they participate in their children’s activities.

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Talking with Your College-Bound Young Adult about Alcohol

Emphasizes the continuing influence parents have over alcohol use decisions of their older children and offers tips on when and how to have a conversation about alcohol.

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The Medicine Abuse Project

Provides comprehensive resources for parents and caregivers, law enforcement officials, health care providers, educators, and others so that everyone can take a stand and help end medicine abuse.

Includes information about the prevention of prescription drug abuse, painkiller addiction, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse.

Provides information about how to dispose of medicine and how to safeguard the medicine in your home, as well as lists medicine abuse facts and includes comprehensive information about the most abused prescription drugs.

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Opioids: The Prescription Drug & Heroin Overdose Epidemic

Created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Provides information about the epidemic, prevention, recovery and treatment, and overdose response.

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Smart Approaches to Marijuana

An alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy.

Educates citizens on the science of marijuana and promotes health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.

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Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Works to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world by advocating for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

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Parent Further

  • A resource of Search Institute, a nonprofit research and development organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and based on the Search Institute’s framework of developmental relationships
  • An information and educational site designed to enrich family life and support positive parenting

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Youth Focused Sites

NIDA for Teens

A project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Created for middle and high school students and their teachers, this website provides accurate and timely information for use in and out of the classroom.

Organized to offer students a range of educational experiences as they learn facts about drugs and neuroscience, and to support educators and parents as they facilitate student learning.

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The Cool Spot

Created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Content is based on a curriculum for grades 6-8 developed by the University of Michigan; the curriculum was created for the Alcohol Misuse Prevention Study (AMPS), a large-scale project supported by NIAAA.

Goals of the AMPS were to give young teens a clearer picture about alcohol use among their peers, help kids learn skills to resist pressure to drink and to give them reasons not to drink.

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Just Think Twice

Gives detailed information on many different types of drugs, includes drug trends, and the consequences of use on the user and family.

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Above the Influence

A program of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, this site offers drug facts, quizzes and other information aimed at teens.

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Natural High

A national organization inspiring youth to discover, amplify and pursue their natural high so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol.

Join with drug-free celebrity role models who share their stories about growing up and the choices they made to achieve their dreams; the video interviews are paired with worksheets and discussion guides for educators to spark meaningful conversations with students about their goals, values, role models, support networks and natural highs.

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PSAS and Videos

Fried Egg 2016

From the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

A new take on the 1980s public service announcement to include some of the challenging questions today’s youth might ask.

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Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict

A 45 minute documentary from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction particularly prescription drug and heroin addiction (the video does contain strong language and graphics – viewer discretion is advised)

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Substance Use Disorder Prevention Funded Agency Program Guide

Allegan County

Provider: Allegan County Community Mental Health (ACCMHS) 

ACCMHS Parent/Family Initiatives include several different programs to reach parents and families in Allegan County. The Allegan County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (ASAP) implements and promotes the Talk Sooner website, app, participates in Talk Sooner media campaign, and implements prescription drug prevention strategies and “Cool Parent” initiatives as identified in their strategic plan. Additionally, ACCMHS works with the Great Start Collaborative to provide information regarding trauma, increase access to services for youth and families regarding substance use, improve social emotional development of children, and provide information to advance Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care within the community. Lastly, the Allegan County Suicide Prevention Coalition works to provide resources and supports for youth and families at risk of suicide to increase awareness and decrease risk. 

ACCMHS Prevention for At-Risk Youth/Behaviors includes STAR Family Literacy, which is a program that focuses on prevention for at-risk youth/behaviors. The program supports teen parents and their children. All groups provide population-specific skills focusing on healthy relationships, substance abuse, coping, communication and decision-making. This program also incorporates a mentoring program in which teen parents’ pair with a member of the community through a comprehensive screening process. Additionally, the Prime for Life is a motivational prevention, intervention and pre-treatment program that works to change attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and risk reduction. 

Peer Assistant Leadership (PAL) Program is a school-based youth mentoring program. Students complete a selection process, and then receive training in communication and decision-making skills, as well as teen social issues. The program trains the peer during a one to two trimester class, for which they will receive high school credit. Following training, PALs are available to provide listening, support, and mentoring to any students in the school district. PRIDE is a program developed by PALs to provide mentoring to girls in 6th-8th grades. 

School-Based Non-ATOD Use Organizations in Allegan County include Allegan County Pro Youth Team, which is a county-wide youth substance abuse coalition to help coordinate and initiate youth-developed and led prevention projects to correct the misperception that most youth use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Additionally, ACCMHS provides technical assistance to Allegan High School and other local districts seeking to develop or strengthen school-based non-Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) use groups (Allegan AIM) for general population students in Allegan County school districts. 

The Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Project works to prevent youth abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as adult misuse of prescription medications by reducing access and increasing awareness of the dangers of misusing medications. Efforts to decrease youth access to prescription and over-the-counter medications will focus on encouraging parents and other family members to store medications properly, and to dispose of unused medications at the eight permanent disposal drop-off sites within Allegan County. ASAP is focusing on working with the medical community to improve prescribing practices and increase awareness of the problem for youth and adults. Community education on the danger of misuse will continue through informational materials and working with media outlets. This project will also include efforts of the Allegan County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The Suicide Coalition will collaborate with schools to increase early identification and referral for individuals at risk of suicide. 

Tobacco Program: Serves as the Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representative (DYTUR) in Allegan County, and implements the No Cigs for Our Kids Program. 

Kent County

Provider: Arbor Circle

Arbor Circle’s Prevention Services Program involves a multi-strategy approach designed to address youth alcohol and marijuana use. The overall focus of Arbor Circle’s Prevention Services Program is to build capacity by directly strengthening and enhancing refusal skills and healthy coping mechanisms among indicated, high risk youth/young adults, and to enhance and support the community based process of the systems of which they are a part, including: neighborhoods, schools, community, and family. The program integrates multiple strategies and interventions aimed at developing and strengthening effective and sustainable prevention focused relationships, skills, and activities across the community, school, family, peer, and individual domains to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance use disorders.

Provider: Family Outreach Center

Strong Voices, Bold Choices (SVBC) aims at educating individuals, families, and the community about alcohol and the effects it can have. The overall goal of the program is to prevent and decrease youth alcohol use. To do this, SVBC’s strategies concentrate on informing, empowering, and equipping parents to have discussions with their children regarding substance use, while providing youth with the information and tools necessary for them to make bold and positive choices. The program provides youth with school and community-based educational groups that provide accurate information regarding alcohol and its effects, while teaching refusal skills and encouraging youth to make healthy choices. The program also focuses on empowering youth to be a positive influence in their environment and among their peers. To achieve this, youth may participate in contests or other workshops, where they strengthen leadership skills and work together to create positive messages for their peers. Parents receive information through community events such as resource fairs and parent-teacher conferences. 

• Native American Community Services (NACS) Prevention is a substance use prevention program that aims at educating individuals, families, and the community about alcohol and the effects it can have. NACS Prevention specifically aims at reaching and providing these services to the Native American population in Kent County. The strategies of the program include strengthening relationships and collaborations within the Native American population in order to provide prevention services. Services include educational prevention groups for youth, a Student Leader Program, workshops for parents and youth, and the dissemination of prevention material to the community at different events such as resource fairs and community celebrations. 

Provider: Kent County Health Department (KCHD) 

Adult Heavy Drinking is an annual campaign informing adults about the potentially harmful effects and risky behaviors associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Short-term, the impacts of heavy drinking can include drinking and driving, aggression, and risky sexual behavior. Long-term, it can lead to obesity, a higher risk of certain cancers, and organ damage. Knowing these risks early and taking a proactive approach to prevent them can help individuals stay healthy. KCHD uses a broad-based, public health campaign, incorporating social media and education throughout Kent County. The target audience is residents over 21 years of age with a primary focus on the 21-34-year-old population. It is not an abstinence message; instead, it asks people to rethink how much and how quickly they drink. 

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens in 3rd through 8th grades with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Health educators coordinate service delivery with schools in urban, rural, and suburban districts throughout Kent County. The middle school curriculum includes modules on: pre-test and team building, self-image, self- improvement, goal setting, decision-making, tobacco and smoking, alcohol and binge drinking, marijuana, inhalants, prescription drugs, addiction and e-cigarettes, advertising, violence and media, coping with stress and anxiety, communication skills, assertiveness, social skills, and post-test and graduation. The elementary school curriculum includes modules on self-esteem, decision-making, stress, advertising, communication, assertiveness, social skills, and tobacco, alcohol & marijuana. 

The focus of the LifeSkills Training is for KCHD Health Educators to: 

  • Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs 
  • Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence 
  • Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety 
  • Increase students’ knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse 
  • Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors 
  • Enhance positive decision making skills 
  • Data Service aids the Kent County Prevention Coalition.

Data Systems: Since 2008, KCHD has coordinated the collection, analysis, and reporting of data surrounding local substance use behaviors to support the work of the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC). KCHD staff is actively involved in advocating for school districts to participate in the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) Survey to enhance the representativeness and availability of data on substance use behaviors among Kent County adolescents. In support of these efforts, KCHD epidemiologists help school administrators analyze their district-specific MiPHY data, which is used to help inform need-based programming. KCHD staff also collaborate with the Kent Intermediate School Districts to train district staff on how to effectively use MiPHY data. Through its partnership with KCPC, KCHD plays a key role in the coalition’s efforts to share local data with KCPC member organizations and community stakeholders. KCHD epidemiologists help to craft KCPC’s annual Substance Use Indicator Report and organize locally available statistics on the KCPC website. In addition to providing data to the greater community, KCHD also assists KCPC’s continuous journey of going from “good to great” by providing evaluation support for coalition events and activities. Examples of these supportive activities include creating evaluation tools for the annual Youth Summit and Lunch and Learn events and assessing the overall health of the coalition through an annual member survey. 

Provider: network180 

Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC) is a coalition committed to People, Passion, Partnerships, and Performance. Its vision is to promote a healthier community for all by developing a substance abuse prevention system that fills gaps in services, prioritizes resources, and reduces overlap. The role of this coalition is to impact community-level change via a change in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. The KCPC brings together a team of 30+ member organizations from various sectors who share a genuine concern for building a healthier community in Kent County by preventing and reducing harmful substance use behaviors with a special focus on youth. This village-like framework has changed community conditions, norms, systems, and policies in landmark ways. 

ATI-Kent County Youth Summit—an annual town hall-style youth summit, is a youth-driven conference of the KCPC “Above the Influence-Kent County” initiative. Annually, KCPC Youth Summit serves nearly 1,300 teens from urban, suburban, and rural communities within West Michigan. Birthed out of a vision to empower community youth, the Summit is designed to equip, educate, and engage middle and high school students to think critically about personal choices and future ambitions, emerging community health and wellness trends related to underage substance use, and the power community teens have individually and collectively to impact peers, family and community norms and the world by making a personal commitment to live Above the Influence. 

ATI-Kent County Youth Coalition—powered by network180, spearheads the Above the Influence- Kent County Youth Coalition. The purpose of Youth Coalition is to expand and enhance the vision and reach of Above the Influence-Kent County under the umbrella mission of the KCPC. Youth Coalition aims to see students share their gifts, expertise, and resources to birth and support the work, and authentically care about the wellness of the community we call home. 

ATI-Kent County Mobile Experience, facilitated by KCPC, facilitates high-octane, Generation-Y oriented, ‘ATI-Kent County’ days within area schools to inspire and empower students to make positive decisions and commit to living ATI as a lifestyle. These in-class sessions feature music, technology, art, and prevention messaging, and have proven effective among students of all demographics.

Community Lunch and Learn Series: Annually, the KCPC sponsors interactive educational forums to educate, empower, and engage all sectors of the community in the effort to reduce and prevent substance use disorders in Kent County. Lunch and Learn Community Forums are meant to help us uncover issues and work together to improve health outcomes for all who call Kent County home, with a special focus on youth and underage substance use. 

Family Day is a national movement based on years of research that prove children and teens whose parents are engaged and hands-on in their daily lives—relaxing with them, fellowshipping over a meal or family activity, etc. perform better academically and are significantly less likely to drink, smoke, or use drugs. The KCPC, powered by network180, in partnership with community stakeholders such as Grand Rapids Public Schools, John Ball Zoo, and Brann’s Restaurants, serve as event sponsors of the event in September as a collaborative venture in celebration of families. To date, the event has served over 10,000 Kent County residents. 

Project Sticker Shock is designed to reach adults who might purchase alcohol legally and provide it to minors. Stickers warning about the penalties for furnishing alcohol to minors are on multi-packs of beer, alcopops, and other alcohol products that might appeal to underage drinkers. The project represents a partnership between youth, retailers, concerned parents, community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement with the goals of educating potential furnishers, raising public awareness about underage drinking, and strengthening the deterrent effect of the law against providing alcohol to minors. 

Red Ribbon Week includes activities at several area middle & high schools including urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout Kent County. Students receive a budget with which to create a week of programming and interactive activities designed to empower and engage their student body to live ATI as a lifestyle. Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States. 

Provider: Wedgwood 

Project SUCCESS is an evidence-based multi-strategy approach designed to prevent and reduce substance use among youth based on the following principals: Increasing perception of risk of harm. 

Changing adolescents’ norms and expectations about substance use. 

Building and enhancing social and resistance skills. 

Changing community norms and values regarding substance use. 

Fostering and enhancing resiliency and protective factors, especially in high-risk youth. 

The target population of the program is Kent County youth between ages of 12 and 18 in school and community settings. Problem areas addressed include: 

  1. Youth alcohol use 
  2. Binge drinking 
  3. Youth marijuana use 

Intervening variables include social norms that support alcohol use, media depiction of alcohol use and lack of perception of harm. 

There are five program components to Project SUCCESS: 

  1. The Prevention Education Series 
  2. Individual Meetings and Small Intervention Groups 
  3. School-wide and Community Awareness and Outreach Activities 
  4. Parent Programs 
  5. Referral

Lake/Mason/Oceana Counties

Provider: District Health Department #10 

Early Initiation to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs programming aims to reduce youth use of a variety of substances including tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Activities include in-school programming (LifeSkills and Project Alert), an annual youth summit, general community education, tobacco retailer compliance checks and education, medication disposal projects, an at-risk youth intervention program (Prime for Life), and the Strengthening Families program, which provides skills and support to both parents and kids. 

The Leeward Initiative (Mason County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition) is the community coalition for Mason County, focused on reducing substance use by increasing understanding, ensuring treatment services, and supporting local families and community. The coalition addresses substance use through the efforts of individual work groups for alcohol, marijuana, opiates, synthetic drugs, and recovery/treatment. The Leeward Initiative reaches Mason County residents through outreach and educational events, as well as through specific projects— including a medication lock box and disposal access project, medication take-back events, substance use treatment and recovery guides, and parent prevention toolkits. The Youth Prevention Ambassador project brings together youth from the county’s various school districts to work on prevention-focused projects for Mason County youth. 

Oceana LEADS (Leading Efforts Against Alcohol and Drugs) is the substance abuse prevention coalition for Oceana County. Coalition priorities include underage alcohol use, youth marijuana use, and opiate overdoses. Activities include a yearly social hosting awareness campaign, a mock teen bedroom (Keep Out: The Teen Room Project) that educates adults about identifying teen drug and alcohol use, and a lock box project to reduce easy access to prescription pain medication within the home. The coalition meets quarterly and has work groups that help to plan and implement coalition activities 

Muskegon County

Provider: Mercy Health-The Health Project 

Coalition for Drug Free Muskegon directly works to reduce substance abuse in the Muskegon area while establishing and strengthening collaboration among all sectors of the community with an interest in reducing and preventing substance abuse. It acts as an organizational hub focused on reducing drug abuse, bringing together individuals, youths, and over 25 community organizations including schools, health providers, law enforcement, the faith community, and business and civic leaders. These interested parties come together to solve emerging problems in their community that are too big for one person or organization to solve alone, without broader support and resources. Drug Abuse Prevention Initiatives Working with multiple organizations, the Coalition for Drug Free Muskegon County has assisted the launch of multiple initiatives that address targeted substance abuse related challenges in Muskegon, including:

  • Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative 
  • Tobacco Reduction Coalition 
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Committee 
  • Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Project 
  • Provider: Arbor Circle 

Parent Education Services provide evidence-based parent education classes in Muskegon County. Classes cover a variety of parenting topics, but include tools for parents on discipline, setting family rules and building strong and positive relationships. Current curricula being used are the Nurturing Parenting program by Dr. Stephen Bavolek and the SFP 10-14 program. Both curricula have been found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn effective parenting skills. 

Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family-strengthening program for high-risk and general population families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children, to improve social competencies, and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn effective parenting skills. 

Provider: Public Health Muskegon County 

Early Initiation to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use (ATOD) addresses youth ATOD access in the home and retail stores through several initiatives including: implementation of risk factor reduction activities; continuing substance abuse professional education and collaborative partnerships to address community problems; assisting parents with the special needs of raising adolescents; changing youth perception of ATOD use as well as perceived risk; and the need for comprehensive policy in the Muskegon community that addresses change in the social norms related to ATOD use, especially tobacco. 

Community Alcohol Abuse and Risky Behaviors covers a wide range of activities focused on reducing minor alcohol use and risky behaviors associated with alcohol use. Activities in this program includes one-on-one technical assistance and vendor education for each establishment caught serving minors; working with the DFM Coalition ALI subgroup members to develop vendor education packets and compliance awards; leadership and coordination of vendor tune ups; and working with retailers to reduce the incidence of drinking and drugged driving; training community members to address situations where they may encounter youth or adults with co-occurring mental health/substance abuse disorders; introducing and reducing the risks associated with binge drinking, attitude and perception of alcohol use among college age adults; providing alcohol server training to identify and address minor consumption and inebriated patrons; and assuring proper linkages to online resources for parents that encourage modeling of appropriate alcohol use behaviors. 

Rx Misuse and Abuse targets youth and their families. Youth in Muskegon County use prescription medications for unintended purposes such as recreation and school performance enhancement. Youth can get the medications by stealing or buying them; however, many youth also receive these medications from family members who are unaware of the associated health risks and regularly share medications. 

Diversion Prevention focuses on promotion of medication drop boxes and pharmacy take back programs as well as increasing use of the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) and encouraging adults to lock up and monitor their medications. This project also includes raising awareness among CBOs and their membership. 

Parenting educates parents on the problems associated with sharing and not properly monitoring addictive medications through online resources. 

Childbearing and ATOD targets men and women of childbearing age (18 to 44) in an effort to reduce poor birth outcomes related to ATOD use before, during, and following pregnancy. This collaborative project includes planning for awareness education; increasing availability 

to addiction services for pregnant women; increasing father and family engagement; helping community workers refer both women and men with perinatal ATOD use problems to reliable and relevant resources; and provide tools and resources to increase alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use screening for those of childbearing age. 

Tobacco Program: Serves as the Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representative (DYTUR) in Muskegon County, and implements the No Cigs for Our Kids Program.

Ottawa County

Provider: Arbor Circle

Parent Engagement: Arbor Circle is working to increase the age of onset of youth substance use by providing youth development and Parent Engagement support throughout Ottawa County. A focus on youth development includes improving positive family management, providing family opportunities for pro-social involvement, educating youth on coping skills, providing positive adult and peer relationships, promoting healthy choices and increasing the perception of risk of marihuana use. Parent Engagement will be promoted and developed in order to improve positive family management skills and a variety of pro-social opportunities will be provided to families through prevention programs. Prevention programs teach coping skills while building and providing positive adult and peer relationships. Prevention programs also teach healthy decision-making. Advocacy and youth education efforts will address the low perception of risk of marihuana use. Specific curricula based programs are:

  • Parent Support Program provides a continuum of parenting services and training opportunities using the following curricula: Nurturing Parenting, Circle of Parents, Inside Out Dads, the Strengthening Families Program and a community based parent workshop series. 
  • Total Trek Quest (TTQ) is an after school curricula based program that uses running and strength training to teach 3rd – 5th grade boys positive decision-making, and goal setting skills. TTQ is delivered by community volunteers. 

Arbor Circle will establish other youth development opportunities as needed, or as opportunities arise. 

Prescription Drug Abuse: Arbor Circle is working to prevent youth abuse of prescription medication by increasing the perception of harm associated with misusing prescription medication among youth and reducing youth access to prescription medication. Efforts to increase youth perceptions of risk will focus on educating youth, their parents and grandparents and community members on both the health and legal consequences associated with misusing prescription medications. This education will happen with informational materials, including the topic in volunteer trainings and engaging media outlets in distributing the information. Efforts to decrease youth access to prescription drugs will focus on encouraging parents and grandparents to dispose medications properly at drug drop off events, and working with the medical community to improve monitoring.

Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (OSAP) is a diverse group of community members, agencies and service providers coming together to develop a comprehensive strategic and action plan to address the issues of youth substance use and abuse. The OSAP Coalition has demonstrated long-term success and population level change as the average age of onset of youth substance use rose from 13 to 14 in 2013. OSAP has been in existence since 2002 and the Reducing Ottawa Area Drunk Driving (ROADD) Coalition has been in existence since 2005, and both coalitions continue to maintain broad community support. These two coalitions and their strategic plans have been the foundation for all prevention programming provided in Ottawa County. The coalitions develop networks and partnerships to help move the work forward without creating another program or another agency. The coalitions have been successful in engaging local communities, parents and youth in the prevention of youth substance abuse, without this local engagement, there would not be community change happening in Ottawa County. 

• Childhood and underage drinking is a community recognized priority, and reduction of this and young adult risk behavior is a goal of the OSAP Strategic Plan. This project will work to prevent youth use of alcohol through increasing perception of risk, limiting youth access to alcohol, and changing community norms about the amount youth and young adult use, and the acceptability of underage alcohol use in the community. Perception of risk will increase through targeted education to both youth, young adults and parents of 10-18 year olds. This education will be facilitated through community coalitions and initiatives such as the Student Leaders Initiating Change (SLIC) youth coalition, the OSAP Coalition, the ROADD tt and the OSAP Parent Leadership Initiative. Youth access to alcohol will reduce through collaboration with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. Community norms will be impacted through initiatives in collaboration with the SLIC and OSAP Coalitions through the ROADD Taskforce and will target parents and youth ages 10-18 in Ottawa County. Education and social norming will also be directed at college students living and attending school in Ottawa County. 

• Reducing Ottawa Area Drunk Driving (ROADD) is a work group under the Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) Coalition comprised of stakeholders representing several agencies, offices and sectors throughout Ottawa County. The overall goal of ROADD is to reduce underage drinking in Ottawa County. The primary objective of ROADD for FY16 is to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors through retailer education. A secondary objective is to address high-risk behaviors associated with drinking alcohol among 18-24 year olds that may have a negative impact on youth perceiving drinking to be risky behavior, which ROADD will address through a variety of methods including collaborating with law enforcement on drunk driving initiatives, and a MIP/ DUI initiative for offenders. The primary target population of the coalition is 18-24 year olds in Ottawa County. 

Provider: Ottawa County Community Mental Health 

Ottawa County Opiate Task Force was established in Ottawa County to locally address the opioid epidemic and is made up of representatives from law enforcement, the medical community, public health, and treatment providers. In December 2017, Community Mental Health of Ottawa County hired a part-time prevention specialist to lead the task force and further coordinate among the community and the stakeholders. The task force has been involved efforts to increase physician awareness of Medication Assisted Treatment, and is currently working with the Holland Physician Hospital Organization to develop prescriber guidelines for referring patients for substance abuse treatment. The task force is working to increase community awareness of drug take back locations and events, and is also educating the community on opioid safety and overdose prevention. 

Provider: Ottawa County Department of Public Health 

Tobacco Program: Serves as the Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representative (DYTUR) in Ottawa County, and implements the No Cigs for Our Kids Program. 

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