The mission of the Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force is to prevent, reduce, and address the consequences of existing and emerging substance use and abuse issues through collaborative efforts for youth and adults in our community.
In 2004, a group of dedicated, hard-working, busy people came together to find solutions to the methamphetamine epidemic. Everyone wanted action — and no one wanted meth and its horrible problems. Together, a plan was made and projects implemented to change what was happening in our county. Strange and new partnerships formed. Farmers talked with police officers, who worked with CPS workers, who partnered with school administration, who talked with firefighters, who worked side by side with health department workers — and everyone worked together to spread the same messages about methamphetamine awareness and prevention.
Out of something horrible, something wonderful was born. Instead of blaming someone else, people and agencies helped each other. Over 3500 county residents participated in meth awareness trainings and SATF members impacted their community in positive ways.
2021-2018:CARA (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act) Grant. This federal grant allows the SATF to strengthen prevention initiatives in Barry County and respond to the opioid crisis at a local level.
2019-2009: DFC Funding. We were proud to receive the Drug Free Community Grant, a competitive grant awarded to local substance use prevention coalitions.
2012: STOP Act Grant
In 2012, SATF members applied for and received the STOP Act Grant to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth age 12-20 throughout Barry County, Michigan.
2009: Drug Free Communities Grant
In 2009, SATF members applied for and received the prestigious Drug Free Communities Grant — which allows the SATF to continue the good work of prevention today.
2007: Purpose Expansion
In 2007, SATF expanded its purpose to include alcohol and other drugs, and the wonderful work continued.
• Barry County Opioid Surveillance Data
*For any questions on the Opioid Surveillance Data, please contact Chris Chesla-Hughes, Health Analyst at Barry Eaton District Health Department at 517-541-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org