Partnership for Drug-Free Communities

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Who We Are

Partnership for Drug-Free Communities is a community-based coalition addressing substance use in Madison, St. Clair and the surrounding Illinois counties. It brings together organizations and individuals to assess local drug trends, and create a comprehensive strategic plan to address local issues. All sectors of the community are welcome to participate in the coalition and its meetings. Partnership for Drug-Free Communities was formed in 2016 when the Drug-Free Coalitions of Madison County (est. 2006) and the Madison County Heroin Task Force merged. The partnership utilizes a Strategic Prevention Framework, see below for the needs assessment and logic model used.
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Partnership Meetings

Join a meeting! ZOOM link updated regularly. The partnership hosts monthly meets via Zoom and in person. If you are interested in attending via Zoom, please email

2024 Meeting Dates

In the event of inclement weather, meetings will be Zoom only.

  • February 28, 2024- IDOT, 1102 Eastport Plaza Dr, Collinsville, IL
  • March 27, 2024- IDOT, 1102 Eastport Plaza Dr, Collinsville, IL
  • April 24, 2024- The Alton Plaza, 1802 East Broadway, Alton, IL
  • May 22, 2024- The Alton Plaza, 1802 East Broadway, Alton, IL
  • June 26, 2024- The Alton Plaza, 1802 East Broadway, Alton, IL
  • July 24, 2024- Grace Church, 5151 N Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL
  • August 28, 2024- Grace Church, 5151 N Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL
  • September 25, 2024- Grace Church, 5151 N Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL
  • October 23, 2024- TBA
  • December 4, 2024- TBA


Our members work together to address rapidly changing drug trends in Madison, St. Clair and the surrounding Illinois counties.  Members of the Partnership for Drug-Free Communities are connected to a network of hardworking partners who are dedicated to addressing a spectrum of issues—youth drug prevention, drug poisoning prevention, treatment and recovery, and law enforcement initiatives.  Becoming a member means you will be linked to over 300 coalition members representing 100+ local healthcare organizations, first responders, parents, treatment and recovery specialists, businesses, schools and others.  You will be involved in a respected organization that assesses local drug trends, and creates comprehensive strategies to address issues.

How to Join:

Visitors are welcome to attend coalition meetings, and receive meeting notices and other coalition emails.  For more information or to be added to the email list, go to and provide your contact information. Your email address will not be shared with any outside organizations or individuals.  To join as an active, voting member, please complete the following application.

Partnership for Drug-Free Communities Bylaws

Meet our team

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of four (4) elected officers, leaders of the work groups and committees, and at-large members.

Denise Strelow


Toni Randall

Vice Chair

Stacy Seitz

Recording Secretary

Karen Tilashalski

Interim Corresponding Secretary


Education & Prevention Work Group (EPWG)

Working to increase resource information through evidence-based youth education, advertising medication disposal locations to the public, and sharing substance use updates to interested groups.  Activities include presentations, print materials and website resources.

Family Support Network

A warm line staffed by volunteers, the Family Support Network was developed through a partnership between Amare, NFP and the Metro-East Recovery Council (MERC). Volunteers with lived experience (either personal or family) are available to provide empathy, support, resources, and educational materials to family members or friends who have concerns regarding a loved one’s alcohol or drug use. Note that the volunteers are not counselors and do not provide counseling services. Find support and information about what you can do to help yourself while also supporting your loved one towards recovery and sobriety.

Strategic Planning Work Group

The Strategic Planning Work Group focuses on identifying emerging trends, assessing potential community impact, and mobilizing partnership members and resources that can quickly provide education, outreach, and distribution of information for affected sectors in the community. The SPWG is continuously working to strengthen the capacity of the coalition to help identify and address issues within St. Clair and Madison counties. Activities and group focus is guided by Strategic Prevention Framework model.

The SPWG meets the first Tuesday of the month, please email to join.


Drug Endangered Children Work Group

The Drug Endangered Children Work Group focuses on supporting children of all ages who are impacted by the misuse of substances. This work group is just getting started and is looking for members with ideas and passion for supporting youth in Madison and St. Clair counties. If you are interested in helping build this group from the ground up please contact the group chair, Veneta Wadlow at

Meeting dates and times are to be determined.

Find out more information about education and prevention.


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P.O. Box 748
Maryville, Illinois 62062