Albion Community Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition


National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will be from May 12 to 18, 2024. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The theme for NPW 2024 is: “We are stronger when we work together.”

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Our first campaign newsletter will discuss the purpose of “National Prevention Week” and introduce this year’s “Albion Week” activities and familiarize readers how to more effectively utilize the Michigan United Way “2-1-1” information and referral network.

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The more people who sign up and receive our email newsletter and/or follow us on social media; the easier it will be to get the word out and become organized in addressing the issues and concerns of the day; to successfully impact our world locally and maximize the potential benefits for all who participate.

The task at hand for everyone is learning how to support, encourage, and promote the prevention message in all its forms and functions; to build health and wellness consciousness among all members of the community. Preventing chronic illness is our common goal. The path to accessing health-giving lifestyles and developing the awareness needed to sustain good health is what’s behind this message. In the coming weeks, we will discuss the beginnings of this transformation and what this means for the people of Greater Albion.


Established in 2009, the Albion Community Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (ACSAPC) is a community-based Coalition developed to respond to community needs around substance abuse and its related consequences in the Albion community.

The Mayor’s Youth Council also formed in 2009, supported by Mayor Joseph Domingo was developed to engage youth in learning more about city government, promotion of positive peer cultures, and to engage youth in the community in spreading positive messages around health. The Youth Council represents youth who have pledged to be substance-free and promote healthy living among their peers.

The Coalition and Youth Council along with other community partners involves reducing access to substances, preventing high-risk behaviors, promoting community awareness, connecting community resources, and providing education.

The work of the Coalition is paid for in part by funding from Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (Regional Coordinating Agency for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services for Calhoun County), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS), Calhoun County Board of Commissioners (PA2 funds – alcohol and liquor taxes generated statewide), and other local funding sources. Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS) is a licensed substance abuse prevention agency located in Albion, Michigan and serves as the fiduciary for the Coalition.

Programs and services provided by both the Coalition and SAPS are focused on youth 9 to 17, adults 18 and older, families, businesses, and other community groups.


The Coalition does the following in order to identify substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery priorities and to determine effective substance abuse prevention strategies for the Greater Albion community:

  • Coordinates substance abuse prevention
  • Collects substance abuse prevention, recovery, and treatment data
  • Collaborates with prevention, recovery, and treatment organizations in the Greater Albion area & Calhoun County Michigan, to ensure that services are being provided
  • Creates policy

In order to carry out this work, the Coalition use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) as the guiding process for our work.

Our goals.. and how we work to achieve them

Our goals.. and how we work to achieve them

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