Strategic Prevention Framework Featured at Nov. 27 BHA Meeting

Samantha Castro, Civil Operations Specialist from the Illinois Army National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, will be the guest presenter at the November 27th BHA meeting.  She will explain the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), a process that communities and organizations can use to prevent and reduce substance abuse and other problems.  Participants will learn how the SPF can be used to assess the community, build capacity, plan and implement strategies and activities, and evaluate the processes and outcomes.  Download the Nov 27 BHA Meeting Flyer here.

This meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at Joliet Junior College’s Morris Education Center, 725 School Street (Door 27), Morris.

One CEU will be available at a cost of $5 for LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC or RN.  Thank you to the Grundy County Health Department for making this possible.  Registration will be conducted at the door.  For more information, email: [email protected]

Youth Advisory Committee Needs Your Help!

Unwanted Medication Return Bin at the Grundy County Administration Center

The Grundy Area Vocational Center’s Criminal Justice II class has been working with the Behavioral Health Alliance of Grundy County as the BHA’s Youth Advisory Committee to address the opioid overdose epidemic. The class includes seniors from Morris, Minooka, and Gardner-South Wilmington High Schools.

The students need your help with a project to gather information about medication disposal behaviors of Grundy County residents.  They are asking Grundy County high school students and adult residents to complete a survey that will help gauge the need for increased disposal options and community education.  The survey link is

Please complete the survey even if you did a similar survey last December.  This year’s survey will be used to measure changes since last year in the amount of community knowledge and support for Takeback programs.  It also contains an additional question about addiction.

Guard and Discard October-November 2018 Campaign Message

Illinois’s new opioid misuse prevention campaign is underway, working to educate residents about the responsible use and safe disposal of medications.  It’s called Guard and Discard.

The current message focuses on the safe use, storage, and disposal of medications.  The message also showcases the statewide addiction helpline: 1-833-2FINDHELP.

If you would like 11×17-inch posters or 5.5×8.5-inch postcards for sharing at your organization, please contact Anita Young at 815-725-3868 or email [email protected]

Newly Revised Grundy County Community Resource Directory

With the help of BHA members and local providers, a revised and enlarged Grundy County Community Resource Directory has been developed for Grundy County.  The directory is organized by topic section (e.g. education, substance use disorder, etc.) and is indexed.

The Directory is a project under Chestnut Health Systems’ Substance Abuse Prevention Services grant under Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery.

Because directories become outdated quickly, the process of revisions and corrections is taking place immediately.  To report or suggest changes, please email the new or corrected information to [email protected]


Membership Information

If you are interested in becoming a BHA member, download the  BHA membership Form here.