will county substance abuse prevention coalition

 Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (WCSAPC)

August 25, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Approved: September 28, 2021

Members Present: 

In-Person: Kevin Brauch (7), Undersheriff Brian Conser (2), Peter Conser (1), Diane DeVries (4), Courtney Garfield (7), Brittany Gruver (7), Chief Dan Jungles (7), Chuck Mascolino (7), Bonnie McPhillips (7), Loren Yaksich (12)

Zoom: Gloria Bloodsaw (12), Sam Castro (11), Donnie Chestnutt (6), Brian Delli (3), Kelly Garver (6), Jennifer Hahs (12), Dan Hamilton (10), Dan Martin (12), Dr. William McCarty (13), Caitlin Daly (10), Shree Salazar (12), Sheree Stilwell (8)

I. Call to Order/Welcome

Courtney Garfield called the August 2021 meeting of the Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to order at 4:33PM.

II. Pledge of Allegiance

Courtney Garfield led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

III. Introductions

Coalition Coordinator Courtney Garfield welcomed members and introductions were made on Zoom and in-person.

IV. Officer Reports

a. Treasurer – Loren Yaksich presented the June financial report from the United Way. Loren reported no changes and current balance is $38,933.00. A motion was made by Dan Jungles and seconded by Brian Conser to approve the report. Motion approved.

b. Secretary – Courtney Garfield asked for approval of the July minutes. A motion was made by Loren Yaksich and seconded by Diane DeVries to approve the report. Motion approved.

V. WCSAPC Requirements

DFC Grant Report

Courtney Garfield, Coalition Coordinator, is working on the DFC grant report which will be completed by the end of month. The end of the year three is approaching on September 30, 2021. The CADCA conference will be held in National Harbor at the end of January if anyone is interested in attending.

VI. Subcommittee/Action Team Reports

    1. Alcohol: Brittany Gruver reported that alcohol subcommittee meeting continues to meet from 3:30-4:30PM before the Coalition meeting on a monthly basis. Alcohol and nicotine compliance checks continue to be completed and committee discussed how to execute sticker shock campaign and engage with alcohol retailers. The IYS data continues to highlight the accessibility that youth have from parents and the committee is brainstorming ways to engage parents to provide education about consequences of social hosting.
    2. Marijuana—Courtney Garfield reported that clings have been ordered for the dispensaries. Once they are received, Brittany Gruver and Courtney Garfield will deliver the clings to the dispensaries.
    3. Nicotine – Caitlin Daly reported that the nicotine committee met on 8/23 and discussed tobacco retailer survey results. Caitlin reported that five retailers participated in the survey and requests were made to have materials re-sent to the retailer. Caitlin also reported that the committee is looking to get started on sending out the next round of materials to Crest Hill and Homer Glen.
    4. Social Media—Courtney Garfield reported that there has been issues with Facebook not allowing to “boost” posts. Courtney reported that the Coalition Facebook page has 1,054 “likes”.
    5. CARE Team—Courtney Garfield reported that the HIPS trailer will be at the following events:
      1. Your Light Still Shines, New Lenox: 5:30-7:00PM
      2. The Well, Teen and Youth Empowerment Forum: 5:30-8:30PM
    6. Illinois Youth Survey (IYS): Dr. McCarty reported that he is assisting with the DFC grant report and continues to look further at availability and accessibility questions, reporting an increase in availability provided by parents.

VII. Sector Reports & Sharing:

      1. Business in the Community: Brian Delli reported that he will be submitting a request for the HIPS trailer at the Joliet Family Fun Fest on October 16th.
      2. Civic Volunteer Groups: United Way Staff—Loren Yaksich reported that the United Way of Will County has a volunteer portal with over 1,000 people per month looking to engage in community service projects if any agency is in need of volunteers
      3. College or University: OPEN
      4. Faith-Based, Religious or Fraternal Organizations: Sheree Stilwell reported that she will be attending upcoming events in community, including Your Light Still Shines, with resource table to provide information regarding support groups for families
      5. Healthcare Professionals: Jen Hahs reported that Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital has immediate bed availability
      6. Law Enforcement Agency: Kevin Brauch from Lockport PD reported that he and his partner will begin implementing Too Good For Drugs in Lockport schools for 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th
      7. Media: Diane DeVries- nothing new to report
      8. Organizations Focusing on Substance Abuse: Tim Cramer- nothing new to report
      9. Parents: Undersheriff Brian Conser- nothing new to report
      10. Schools: OPEN
      11. State or Local Government Agencies: Dr. Kathleen Burke—no report/ not present at meeting
      12. Youth: Peter Conser- nothing new to report but will be putting the word out to get more youth involved. Will be helping with the HIPS Trailer
      13. Youth Serving Organizations: Donnie Chestnut- nothing new to report

VII. Old Business

    1. Courtney and Brittany attended Too Good For Drugs training and are working with Homer Glen schools to begin implementation.

IX. New Business & Announcements

      1. Bonnie reported that Secretary Candace Gunby is no longer with the coalition as she started a new position; everyone wishes her well!
      2. Elections for the upcoming year will be voted on at next meeting and positions will begin on October 1st; the slate as of right now is as follows: President- Caitlin Daly, Vice President-Peter Conser, Treasurer- Loren Yaksich, Secretary- OPEN, Member at Large- Diane DeVries. Please let Courtney know if interested in secretary position!
      3. Courtney Garfield reported two upcoming events in the community that the Coalition will have a resource table at: Your Light Still Shines in New Lenox on August 26th and The Well Youth and Community Forum on September 23, 2021
      4. Kelly Garver provided details about The Well event and reported they are looking for agencies to provide resource tables
      5. Gloria Bloodsaw reported that Gateway Foundations has transitioned all intensive outpatient programs to virtual

X. Adjournment

Loren Yaksich moved and Chief Dan Jungles seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Motion approved. The meeting was adjourned at 5:00pm.

Next Meetings

  • Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition – September 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at the Will County Safety Complex 16911 W. Laraway Road Joliet, IL 60433 and via Zoom
    1. Alcohol Subcommittee Meeting—September 28, 2021 at 3:30p

Minutes submitted by Brittany Gruver