Connect and Collaborate
Join Local Substance-Use Prevention Coalitions to Inform, Connect, and Strengthen Your Efforts
With lives being lost daily, the opioid crisis is an “all-hands on deck” epidemic. Across the U.S., treatment professionals, law enforcement, faith communities, service providers, drug courts, schools, recreation centers, media, businesses, policy-makers, families and youth leaders are stepping forward to help contribute their time, talents, and resources to help coordinate and serve those struggling with addiction.
No single organization or person can address the multitude of services needed to help people affected by mental health or substance use conditions… the best sources are the people who live, serve, and work in the community and the best results are often seen when they undertake such action together.
Find Coalition Partners
After assessing your community’s needs, explore available coalition partners in your community:
- Visit the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
- Contact your regional public health department, HHS Regional Offices, or SAMHSA Regional Offices.
- Connect with diverse partners to establish collaborative, cross-cultural, and comprehensive substance-abuse prevention efforts.
- Lend Your Organization’s Health “Assets”: Whether you have space for a support group to meet, can hold or host educational forums, coordinate volunteers to help transport people to treatment and recovery support services, or help with job interviews, your community’s contribution is an essential element to the recovery journey of any individual or their family.
- Review SAMHSA’s toolkit, One Voice, One Community: Building Strong and Effective Partnerships Among Community and Faith Organizations.
- Recognize National Observances: