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Coalition heads to national forum on substance abuse prevention –  Daily Herald Newspaper – February 8, 2018

Submitted by Lysette Pullman

Representatives from Elgin are in the Washington, D.C., area to join approximately 3,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 28th annual National Leadership Forum.

“We are so excited to be able to spend several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” says Coalition For A Safe and Healthy Elgin coordinator Gil Feliciano.

“We plan to come back re-energized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug use in Elgin and throughout the community.”

CADCA’s forum will cover a wide range of topics — everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and the abuse of synthetic drugs and marijuana to how to create tobacco-free environments and develop policies to reduce underage drinking.

The coalition has recently impacted the community by offering “Opioids 101: Opioid Prevention and Overdose Education” and Naloxone training, in addition to Red Ribbon Week education and outreach at local middle and high schools.

The coalition representatives will hear from several leaders, including Richard Baum, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Dr. Bertha Madras, Harvard Medical School, who will both bring their expertise and insights to share.

Representatives from the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin were scheduled to meet with U.S. representatives and senators at the forum’s Capitol Hill Day event Feb. 7.

The coalition meets every third Friday at Renz Addiction Counseling Center’s 2 American Way location in Elgin. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to all community residents and businesses.

To learn more about the coalition, visit cshelgin.org or www.facebook.com/CSHE2014/.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 5-8.

Visit the forum website for details about training sessions, speakers, and special events at cadca.org/events/forum2018.

The mission of Coalition for a Safe and Health Elgin is to promote a safe and healthy community, free of violence and substance abuse through education, prevention and action. It is funded in part by a Drug-Free Communities federal grant.

The mission of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.


“Prescription drug misuse has become a large public health problem, because misuse can lead to addiction, and even overdose deaths.”

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End of the Semester - White Out Event

Our first "Alternative Night Out" event we labeled "The End of the Semester - White Out Event", was a success! The youth in attendance had fun and so did we! Click the button below to read more about it.


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Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Elgin


Our Vision:

To help create a safe and healthy community.

Our Mission:

To promote a safe and healthy community, free of violence and substance abuse through education, prevention and action.


Criminal behavior, substance abuse and gang activity are often interdependent. To help create a safer, healthier community, a small group of concerned community leaders came together more than 25 years ago to create the Elgin Gang and Drug Task Force. Now known as The Coalition for a Safe and Health Elgin (CSHE), the task force has grown to include representatives from more than 25 community businesses and agencies who work together to help eliminate youth substance abuse and gang activity by fostering open communication and providing continuous education.

In November of 2015, CSHE received a Drug Free Communities grant from the federal government to increase CSHE membership and decrease underage drinking and drug use in Elgin. Through this grant and the strategic partnerships that CSHE has developed, youth, parents and community members have quick access to support, programs and resources as we all work toward making Elgin a safe and healthy community.


There are many community resources available for youth and parents. Reach out and get the help you need.


Our school teachers and staff are here to help the students. Reach out to them for assistance and guidance for any issues you are struggling with.


The officers of the Elgin Police are here to serve and protect the community. Building a strong relationship between the officers and the community is vital for keeping our our community safe and drug free.

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Renz Addiction Counseling Center’s mission is to empower individuals to lead healthier lives. Renz Center provides services for adolescents and adults for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and gambling, and other wellness prevention.


Let’s Keep our Community Safe

It is up to all of us to keep our community safe and drug free. Use the resources her on this website and the resources in our Elgin community to keep our youth SAFE and HEALTHY!