Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Kasaundra Brown, Prevention Associate at PPI, explains MCSAP in this video.
Our coalition works to improve the quality of lives in our community by preventing the harmful consequences of substance use and abuse among youth, families, and the larger community.
Established in 2011, the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) Coalition is a countywide initiative with a vision of bringing together resources and skills to create a healthy community. MCSAP addresses policies, practices and programs in two priority areas: marijuana use among youth and fatal drug overdose, with a particular emphasis on prescription drugs.
In 2013, Community Advocates, Inc. was awarded the Milwaukee County contract to serve as fiscal agent for the continuing work of MCSAP and the prevention sub-granting process. Since then, technical assistance and staffing has intensified and the coalition has grown to include more than 50 members from a diverse cross-section of the Milwaukee County community (15 of the 50 are highly engaged “voting members” helping to lead the coalition).
Drug-Free Communities Project
In 2015, the Drug-Free Communities grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration enabled MCSAP to begin zeroing in on a particular area in Milwaukee County, the 53206 zip code, to implement specific Drug-Free Communities projects. The grant is expected to continue for at least five years, with the potential for a 10-year commitment.
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) project specifically works to reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use in 53206 by middle and high school-age students. The 53206 zip code includes Milwaukee’s Amani and Lindsay Heights neighborhoods. The coalition is recruiting community members, including youth and parents, to participate in a broad variety of prevention strategies and projects including retailer compliance checks, community projects for youth, and public outreach and education.
The DFC’s 2014 National Evaluation Report showed a significant decrease in past-30-day use between the first and most recent data reports for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among middle school and high school youth in DFC communities.