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Priorities & Initiatives Initiatives

Partnerships for Success (PFS)

Partnerships for Success (PFS-­‐II) is an initiative between the Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the state of Wisconsin, and nine counties/tribes to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12‐25. The specific goals of PFS-­‐II are to:

  • Reduce non-­‐medical/unauthorized availability of and access to prescription drugs among 12­‐25 year olds within sub­‐recipient geographic areas.
  • Establish a statewide systematic surveillance system to identify prescription drug misuse and abuse.

Community Advocates received PFS-­‐II funding from Milwaukee County to participate in the initiative. Given how this initiative maps onto Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s (MCSAP) priority to reduce drug deaths related to overdose, the project is managed through MCSAP.

Rx Drop Off

Through MCSAP, the City of Milwaukee aims to increase the proper disposal of expired and unused prescription drugs in Milwaukee County by establishing a coordinated local system for providing secure, convenient disposal of consumer medications for community members, with additional focus on law enforcement, schools, and hospitals/clinics. The main outcomes of these efforts will be: increased knowledge of disposal procedures and increased disposal options (i.e., take‐backs and drop boxes). MCSAP created an Rx Workgroup made up of key stakeholders and interested parties to gather input/knowledge to contribute to the design of MCSAP’s implementation plan, and to assist in carrying out these efforts.

In March of 2015, the City of Milwaukee held a press conference announcing that nearly all Milwaukee Police Department district stations now house prescription drug receptacle boxes, allowing residents across the city to anonymously dispose of unwanted or expired pharmaceutical medications.

Medications may be taken 24/7 to the disposal drop boxes located inside Milwaukee Police Department District stations 2 through 7, as well as the Milwaukee Municipal Court (951 N. James Lovell St.) Monday through Friday from 8 am. to 4:45 pm. Drop-off boxes can also be found in suburban police stations and select pharmacies throughout the county. Find more information on the drop boxes here.


Youth Initiatives

MCSAP has facilitated or supported a number of youth initiatives in Milwaukee County, including Above the Influence events and activities, canvassing for AODA related events, National Prevention Week activities, and more.


Stay Strong Milwaukee

Funding for Stay Strong Milwaukee is made possible through the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Community Advocates, through MCSAP, has functioned as administrator of Stay Strong Milwaukee beginning in 2013. In this role, Community Advocates is responsible for contract administration, program monitoring and coordination, financial and program reporting, and evaluation. View our 2018 Stay Strong grantees here. The major goals of Stay Strong Milwaukee are:

  • The promotion and enhancement of health and well-being.
  • The prevention of the development of substance use problems.
  • The prevention of the development of substance use problems into substance use disorders.
  • Support the effective use of evidence-based programs and/or practices that encourage and sustain continued AODA prevention.
  • Facilitate cross-system coordination at multiple levels, e.g. resources, personnel, service location that involves public, private and faith-based institutions.
  • Set and meet high standards for accountability at the community, system, and project levels.


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The Priorities

MCSAP addresses policies, practices and programs in our two current priority areas: marijuana use among youth and fatal drug overdose, with a particular emphasis on prescription drugs.

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