The Kenosha County Substance Abuse Coalition (KCSAC) began before the year 2000 with the specific intention of addressing perinatal substance abuse. Over the years, the focus has broadened to the current scope of all people with substance use disorders, but the Coalition maintains a particular interest in improving outcomes for families with children.
In 2021, in recognition that substance use disorders are not caused by one specific substance, the Coalition and the Opioid Task Force merged efforts. Today, the Coalition’s mission is to improve treatment and reduce alcohol and other drug abuse in our community by supporting networking, encouraging education, exploring gaps, and realizing solutions.
KCSAC is comprised of 15 local organizations, agencies, and individuals who are all focused on supporting our community.
Elizabeth Reynolds (Individual)
Advocate Aurora Health Kenosha
Community Impact Programs
Department of Corrections
Hope Council on AODA
Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services
Kenosha County Division of Disability and Aging Services
Kenosha County Division of Workforce Development
Kenosha County Division of Health
Kenosha Human Development Services
Kenosha-Racine Chapter of Oxford Houses
PSN Family Resource Center
Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency
The Coalition meets quarterly as a whole on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in February, May, August, and November.
Those meetings feature updates from Co-Chairs of the Coalition and Subcommittees, an educational presentation, and discussion of new business.
Some successes of the Kenosha County Substance Abuse Coalition include:
- Developing and distributing a Screening Tool for Substance Use Disorders
- Developing and distributing a Pathway for Referral
- Training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
- Holding “Chasing the Dragon: Loving an Opiate Addict” forum April 2016
- Holding “Dangers of Prescription Drugs: Who’s At Risk” forum October 2016
- Breaking Points screening in October 2017
- It’s OK to Ask/Save Lives campaign 2017
- It’s OK to Ask Kids About Their Drug Use brochure 2017
- “Uncomfortable Conversations” training with Mike McGowan in March 2018
- Educating Kenosha County Defense Attorneys on addiction
- Educating Department of Corrections Division of Community Corrections on drugs of abuse
- Educating the community on the dangers of opioid use 2016 – 2021
- 3 Medication Habits to Start campaign 2018
- Never Share Your Prescriptions. Never. Ever. Period. campaign 2019
- Don't Drive Then Drink campaign 2019-2021
- Lock It Up! campaign 2020
- Pregnancy and Prescriptions campaign 2020
- Talk with your kids about the dangers of prescription drugs campaign 2020
- Avoiding the Addiction Affliction Podcast 2020