will county substance abuse prevention coalition

Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (WCSAPC)

Main Meeting – January 2022

January 25, 2022


In-Person and Zoom Meeting

Approved: February 22, 2022


Members Present

In-Person: Chief Dan Jungles, Bonnie McPhillips, Sgt. Robert Platos, Courtney Garfield, Sheree Stilwell

Zoom: Caitlin Daly, Diane DeVries, Aishwarya Balakrishna, Dr. William McCarty, Daniel Martin, Loren Yaksich, Debbie Henning, Tim Cramer, Tracey Papesh, Jen Hahs, Samantha Castro, Jenny Evengelista, Gloria Bloodsaw

Call to Order/Welcome

Start: 4:33PM

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions (Name & Organization) 

Welcome to any first-time attendees


  • Treasurer – Loren Yaksich – Financial Report
    • No Expense or income
    • $35,933 standing balance
    • Caitlin motions to approve, Chief Jungles first, Diane seconds
  • Secretary – Aishwarya Balakrishna – Approval of October, November, and December minutes (there were not enough members at the meeting last month and therefore could not be voted on)
    • October revised minutes, November minutes, and December minutes: Sam motions to approve ALL, (could not hear who seconded)

WCSAPC Requirements:

  • DFC Grant Report – Bonnie McPhillips
    • Nothing to report
    • CADCA Training in Jan./Feb. 2022
      • Brent Moatz is helping with poster design
      • Presentation on HIPS Trailer at Coalition Ideas Fair
    • DFC Grant Progress Report due Feb. 25 (Courtney has begun working on it)

Subcommittee/Action Team Reports

  • Alcohol – Brittany Gruver
    • Courtney is reporting – met today
    • Brainstorming new ideas for 2022
  • Marijuana – Sgt. Robert Platos
    • Alternative dispute resolution programs
    • McCarty suggesting research and prior program implementations
  • Nicotine – Caitlin Daly
    • Met last Thursday
    • Brainstorming Snapchat social media
  • Social Media – Jackie VanOvermeiren/Courtney Garfield
    • No updates
  • Care Team Updates – Sgt. Robert Platos
    • Laying low for winter
  • Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) Update – Dr. WiIliam McCarty
    • Tim Cramer updating
    • Need to hear from Joliet Schools – only Gompers has registered
    • Two years ago, all these schools were registered before the holidays
    • Lot of issues, fights at Joliet West and Joliet Central
    • JW Principal is leaving at the end of the semester after getting injured in a fight
    • Lockport HS is in, but none of the feeder schools are signed up – working on getting recruitment letters out to schools
    • Debbie Henning can get information out to grade schools in Lockport since she works with them a lot – can talk to principals and superintendents
    • Too Good for Drugs being taught at Gompers
      • No Pre or Post data – State has required an extra session for opioids
        • We need this pre and post data for DFC reapplication
      • Hard to get survey responses during program times
      • Courtney suggested method from Hadley MS – students are taking surveys home as homework so that it does not take up class time
    • Can’t get into Dirksen
    • Post Test data from Hadley will be available in the next couple of weeks

Sector Reports & Sharing:

  • Business in the Community: Brian Delli
    • No updates, Brian is not present
  • Civic Volunteer Groups: United Way
    • 211 program rolling out – launch date is June 1, 2022
      • Informational and referral system/services
      • Getting organizations listed in 211 database for the community
      • Services like housing, substance abuse agencies, etc.
    • College or University: OPEN
      • Need to fill
    • Faith-Based, Religious or Fraternal Organizations: Sheree Stilwell
      • Several new people coming to support groups
    • Healthcare Professionals: Jen Hahs and Gloria Bloodsaw
      • Gloria Bloodsaw (Gateway)
        • Face-to-face care has resumed, virtual options as well
        • Explore Recovery virtual program – 1:1 information on treatment with a provider
      • Jen Hahs (Rosecrance)
        • Kevin reported openings at Silver Oaks
        • Challenge with COVID-19 – lots of careful considerations with admissions
        • Timberline Knolls and Gateway have openings as well for admission
        • Rosecrance residential admissions are open, IOP are still virtual
      • Law Enforcement Agency: Lockport PD
        • Debbie Henning has taken over in community outreach position
      • Media: Diane DeVries
        • Working on new Snapchat media campaign that will launch in April – started brainstorming with Caitlin and Aishwarya during Nicotine Subcommittee meeting
        • If anyone else has ideas, please send to Diane
      • Organizations Focusing in Substance Abuse: Tim Cramer
        • Chestnut Health – no further updates
      • Parents: Undersheriff Brian Conser
        • No updates, Brian is not present
      • Schools: OPEN
        • No updates, need to fill
      • State or Local Government Agencies: Kathleen Burke
        • No updates, Dr. Burke is not present
      • Youth: Peter Conser
        • No updates, Peter not is not present
      • Youth Servicing Organizations: YMCA/Katy LeClair & Donnie Chestnutt
        • No updates, Katy and Donnie are not present

Note:  Please limit any individual sector reporting to 10 minutes.

Old Business

  • Too Good for Drugs – Courtney Garfield
    • Finished program at Hadley MS this past Friday – post-survey data will be sent to Dr. McCarty within the next two weeks
    • Talks to have a person at school full time next year to teach more students
    • Working on training more educators 

New Business

  • Announcements
    • Gloria Bloodsaw: Lot of openings at Gateway for nurses and other positions
    • Caitlin Daly: WC Health Department has opening for a Tobacco health educator


End: 5:01PM

Next Meeting: February 22nd, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. IN Person/VIA ZOOM 

Drug-Free Communities Definition of a Coalition:

A community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.