DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment
DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment (DCP/SAFE)
DeKalb Behavioral Health Foundation, Inc. receives funding support from the Illinois Department of Human Services to assist with the building of a local coalition and implementation of evidenced based strategies to address substance abuse prevention. These efforts are run out of the community wellness department at Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital. The DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment (DCP/SAFE) is a local community coalition that has been serving DeKalb County, Illinois for 26 years. DCP/SAFE began as a joint effort to reduce alcohol and tobacco advertising in the local school districts. Out of this initial partnership has developed collaboration between community members, government, healthcare, non-profit agencies and private industries.
DCP/SAFE continues to concentration their efforts on substance abuse prevention and healthy choices. The coalition helps to support and promote the efforts of Youth Action Groups within 6 of the county public high schools. The coalition looks for opportunity to have a presence in the community at events where substance abuse prevention messages and education can be shared. Currently, the coalition is undergoing the Strategic Prevention Framework strategic planning process through a thorough needs assessment. Within the needs assessment is the in-depth analysis of the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) results which is given to students in grades 8, 10 and 12 on implemented on even numbered years. This needs assessment process and IYS data collection allow the coalition to prioritize and address the identified needs in middle schools and high schools throughout the county. If you have an interest in joining the DCP/SAFE coalition or would like additional information, please call 815.756.1521 x155608.