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Local, State and National Resources

Below is a list of Local, State and National organizations that provide services to the public regarding addiction, community empowerment, drug education and prevention, drug take-back programs, recovery, and overall health and wellness. 



Black Arts Think Tank (BATT)

Black Arts Think Tank (BATT) supports Ko-Thi Dance Company and African American Children’s Theatre - two of Wisconsin’s oldest African American arts treasures offering 80 years of dance, music, theater performances and youth arts education. Our mission is to continue building strong, sustainable arts organizations that preserve and promote the history and culture of the African diaspora and inspire creativity in future generations. We’re committed to exposing diverse audiences to cultural programming. Each year, we engage thousands of underserved school children, youth, families, and audiences through main stage performances, educational outreach, special events and community collaborative partnerships.  Black Arts Think Tank is co-producer of Black Nativity by Langston Hughes – a new holiday musical tradition in Milwaukee.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

Today, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee is the largest youth-serving agency in the city. Every day, an average of 5,000 of Milwaukee’s youth stream through the doors of a Boys & Girls Club and participates in academic and recreational programming. We provide safety and support during critical hours of the day as well as meals, strong role models, organized athletics and access to the arts. At the Clubs, there’s a way for every kid to get involved and learn something new. Our vision is to build the community’s social and economic fabric by ensuring the academic and career success of every member that walks through our doors. We achieve this by providing more impactful programs that appeal to our members, strengthen their academic performance, build character, encourage healthy lifestyles and meet the basic needs of Milwaukee’s youth.

Elevate Community Resource Center

The Elevate Community Resource Center is focused on empowering individuals and enhancing local communities. Centrally located in Jackson, Wisconsin, it provides support and assistance to individuals of all ages and is the fiscal agent for the Washington County Heroin Task Force.   The Task Force understands and addresses the local problem in a strategic and preventative manner. This collaborative effort educates community members including law enforcement, elected officials, health care professionals, county agencies and community members. Initial meetings allowed countywide representatives to share information describing the effects of prescription drug and heroin abuse on impacted systems and on affected individuals and families.


IMPACT is a dependable community resource for anyone concerned about themselves or a loved one. Our alcohol and drug abuse professionals help identify if a substance abuse problem exists; assess the severity; assemble a plan of action; and connect you with appropriate resources. Because IMPACT does not provide treatment services, and is not affiliated with any health care provider, determinations are based solely on the needs of the individual. Every person who comes into contact with IMPACT is treated with respect, and receives the motivation and means to achieve positive, sustained change. For more information or to access services, visit or simply dial 2-1-1.

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

Mission:  The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division through early assessment and intervention promotes hope for individuals and their families through innovative recovery programs in behavioral health wellness, recovery, research and education.

Vision:  The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, through fostering strategic community partnerships, will become an Integrated Behavioral Health System providing a dynamic, and comprehensive array of services, including community based, emergency, and acute services, to meet the behavioral health care needs of individuals and families.


Community Access to Recovery Services (CARS) — a branch of the Behavioral Health Division — provides a full array of supportive, recovery-oriented services for persons with severe and persistent mental illness and/or issues with alcohol or other drug abuse. CARS serves over 10,000 Milwaukee County residents each year through its Mental Health Services and WIser Choice programs, which work together to ensure that individuals receive trustworthy, high quality, reliable services for mental health and/or AODA needs.

(WIser) Choice is Milwaukee County’s public alcohol and drug treatment and recovery service system. Partnerships with community partners have expanded the choice of providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services for eligible individuals. WIser Choice is open to County residents ages 18-59 with a history of alcohol or drug use, with priority given to families with children and pregnant women (regardless of age).


Milwaukee Police Department

Vision:  A Milwaukee where all can live safely and without fear, protected by a police department with the highest ethical and professional standards.

Mission:  In partnership with the community, we will create and maintain neighborhoods capable of sustaining civic life. We commit to reducing the levels of crime, fear, and disorder through community-based, problem-oriented, and data-driven policing. 

Starting Point

Starting Point builds healthy communities by empowering individuals and families through innovative substance abuse prevention and intervention resources.  Additionally, Starting Point is actively involved in leading the Ozaukee County Heroin Task Force and helps those individuals in early recovery from their addictions by providing a sober housing environment through our Healing Point House. 

West Milwaukee Police Department (WMPD)

The Primary Mission of the West Milwaukee Police Department (WMPD) includes the protection of life and property; resolution of conflict; creating and maintaining a feeling of security in the community; pro-actively reducing the opportunities for the commission of crime; identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders of the laws; and the preservation of peace.  We accept as part of our mission the responsibility to provide for a quality of life in our community.




AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is at the forefront of HIV prevention, care and treatment and is dedicated to providing quality medical, dental, mental health and social services for all people with HIV. Among the many prevention programs, LifePoint Needle Exchange is harm-reduction oriented program that provides needle exchange services, opiate overdose prevention trainings, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, and other resources as needed to thousands of people across the state. 

Wisconsin Department of Justice (WDOJ)

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Brad Schimel, provides legal advice and representation, criminal investigations, and various law enforcement services for the State of Wisconsin and its state agencies. In his first year as attorney general, Schimel's office launched a statewide prescription painkiller abuse awareness campaign, "Dose of Reality," through collaborations with Wisconsin’s medical community and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. General Schimel also has directed the Wisconsin Department of Justice to provide statewide training for law enforcement related to heroin-trafficking and worked to more widely deploy the life-saving drug, Naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.



Federal Government Agencies

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Schools, Students, Families (U.S. Department of Education)

This site discusses  the role of schools, students, parents and guardians, and the Department of Education in combating the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Drug Enforcement Administration

The main mission of the DEA is to dismantle the major drug trafficking organizations. It is also committed to reducing the demand for drugs through prevention and education activities. DEA’s Office of Demand Reduction works with Special Agents across the United States to provide drug prevention information to communities on the dangers of using illicit drugs and drug trends.

Website for teens:; website for parents:

National Guard

The National Guard’s Counterdrug Program’s mission is to use the National Guard’s resources to help create the best opportunity for America’s youth to make the decision to be drug-free. They work with local law enforcement, education and community based organizations to reduce the chances of exposure of illegal drugs to our nation’s children.

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) –Impaired Driving Division

This division has driving resources, including information on investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cases involving impaired driving. The office uses a three-pronged strategy: high visibility law enforcement with supporting communication campaigns; enhanced prosecution and adjudication; and medical screening and brief intervention for alcohol abuse problems.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA conducts research and disseminates the results of research programs about the effects of drug on the body and brain.

Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP)

ONDCP reports directly to the President and is responsible for overseeing the substance abuse budgets of all the federal agencies and develops the President’s National Drug Control Strategy each year.  ONDCP administers the Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and the Drug Free Communities Support Program

Operation Prevention

The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is responsible for overseeing and administering mental health, drug prevention and drug treatment programs around the nation. The agency is made up of 3 centers: The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP); Center for Mental Health (CMH) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

Free publications from SAMHSA can be downloaded at

U.S. Department of Education (ED)Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS)

The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools provides financial assistance for drug and violence prevention programs that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

For information on specific funding for programs 


Non-Federal Prevention Resources

American Council for Drug Education (ACDE)

This is a substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current scientific research on drug use and its impact on society.

AWARxE Prescription Drug Safety Program

The AWARxE Prescription Drug Safety Program, supported by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation, is an information source providing authoritative resources about medication safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safely buying medications on the Internet.  The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is the impartial professional organization that supports the state boards of pharmacy in protecting public health. NABP aims to ensure the public’s health and safety g.hFoundation is the educational and developmental arm of NABP.

Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)

CESAR’s mission is to inform policymakers, practitioners, and the general public about substance abuse, its nature and extent, its prevention and treatment, and its relation to other problems.

Community Antidrug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

CADCA is an organization whose purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community anti-drug coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy, and drug free communities.

Prevent Rx Abuse A CADCA Toolkit

CADCA’s Online Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit contains facts, strategies and tools to prevent and reduce teen Rx medicine abuse in your community. This newly revised toolkit is based on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change. Incorporating these strategies will help you formulate, modify and implement your prevention and intervention strategies.

Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF)

This organization is a drug prevention and policy organization committed to development, promotion and sustaining global strategies, policies and laws to reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, drug related injury and death.

Drug Strategies

This is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment website dedicated to providing the best resources for fighting substance abuse.

Elks Drug Awareness Program

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has a resource center for the Elks National Drug Awareness Program, the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States.

National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACOA)

The mission is to eliminate the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NDCP)

NDCP is the national membership organization for public, Drug Court, DWI Court and Mental Health Court professionals, including justice system, alcohol and drug treatment, and mental health treatment professionals.  

National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI)

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators is a non-profit membership organization that works to develop and implement solutions to the problem of prescription drug diversion. NADDI advocates for the responsible use of prescription drugs by people who need them, and at the same time, works with law enforcement and state regulatory agents to pursue those involved in related criminal activity. 


The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) has launched a program designed to significantly reduce the prescription drugs in American homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. Therefore, NADDI has developed this web page to provide the locations of law enforcement sites that are accepting prescription drugs throughout the United States.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

This association Supports the development of effective prevention and treatment programs and provides assistance to state alcohol and treatment agencies and state prevention agencies.

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

As a private nonprofit organization the mission is to help families and their communities keep safe from crime. They sponsor a public education campaign involving 1600 crime prevention professionals.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)

NIPC serves as an inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, stimulates media coverage about inhalant issues, develops materials, and provides training and technical assistance

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDF)

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction.

White Bison, Inc.

An American Indian non-profit charitable organization that offers sobriety, recovery addictions prevention, and wellness/wellbriety resources to the Native American community nationwide, as well as to non-Native people.


Youth Organizations

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people; especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 

D.A.R.E.-Drug Abuse Resistance Education

D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

SADD is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, specifically underage drinking, other drug use, impaired and risky driving and teen violence and suicide. It is a peer to peer youth education, prevention and activism organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges.