Substance abuse persists as a health concern in our community. Beacon Community Impact’s Healthy Spirit priority encompasses a wide range of programming aimed at reducing substance misuse in alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs and tobacco.
In 2018, there were 62 deaths due to drug use in St. Joseph County, 32 deaths due to drug use in Elkhart County, and 10 deaths due to drug use in Marshall County. (https://www.in.gov/isdh/27393.htm). Emergency Department visits due to a drug overdose in 2018 were 628 people in St. Joseph County, 394 people in Elkhart County, and 138 people in Marshall County.
Without proper intervention, it is unlikely we will see a decrease in these numbers. That is why Beacon Community Impact supports programming that works with individuals and their family members to ensure they get the support they need.
As part of Beacon Community Impact’s response there are three focus areas in which we work.
Improve sense of community/connectedness in populations at risk of substance abuse disorders.
Focus on prevention programs and initiatives as a key in minimizing substance abuse.
Increase access to substance abuse services.
Community partners within this priority represent a wide range of programming aimed at improving the health of mothers and their children. Below is a list of our current partners with details on the programming they offer.
Beacon Community Impact Programs
In addition to our externally funded community partners, Beacon Community Impact provides the following programming within our Healthy Spirit Priority: