The Jackson County Drug-Free Council –

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Mission Statement: Coordinate, support and promote effective efforts of prevention, education and reduction of substance use and misuse.

The Jackson County Drug-Free Council, Inc. was officially created in 1991 by Indiana statute in association with the Governor’s Commission for Drug-Free Indiana.  Our council of volunteers works to address specific substance abuse issues by:

  • Serving as an advisory board to the County Commissioners, recommending worthy projects for funding through the local Community Drug Fund.
  • Coordinating community resources, projects, and services regarding substance use issues.
  • Assessing community needs and developing a community-wide comprehensive plan to address those needs.
  • Increasing awareness of specific alcohol/drug use issues facing our county.
  • Advising Indiana Criminal Justice Institute – Behavioral Health on actions needed and the progress that has been made in Jackson County.

Funded Projects

In addition to building and maintaining a strong local membership, the Drug-Free Council has developed an annual comprehensive plan to address these issues, utilizing local data to identify trends and specific drugs used and misused.  Our council serves as the oversight committee to make recommendations on the allocation of local grants through the Community Drug Fund.  Our administrative expenses are paid from this fund.  These funds enable our county to offer needed programs and services that otherwise would not have been possible.

Please use the coalition email with any questions regarding grants:

Recent projects funded in 2023 include:

  • Seymour High School’s random drug testing program
  • Brownstown Central Community School’s random drug testing program
  • Brownstown Central Community School’s SoToxa Oral Fluid Analyzer kits
  • Girls, Inc. presentation of Friendly PEERsusaion to 8th graders
  • Turning Point Domestic Violence supporting Teens for Change initiatives
  • Turning Point Domestic Violence jail programming on domestic violence and substance use
  • New Beginnings Recovery Center for financial assistance with substance abuse treatment expenses
  • Centerstone life skills for youth programs
  • Jackson County Alcohol & Drug Court Services educational program contract services
  • Jackson Jennings Community Corrections mental health and substance use services programming
  • Seymour Police Narcotics Division joint investigative unit training and equipment
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Department joint investigative unit training and equipment
  • Jackson County Drug-Free Council directors’ contracts and operating supplies/fees

We offer many ways to become involved:

The Jackson County Drug-Free Council meetings are open to the public, meeting the second Tuesday of every month at Community Foundation, 107 Community Drive, conference room, in Seymour from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Volunteer to serve on the council or as a committee member to work on a specific event.
  • Invite a council member to speak to your civic organization or workplace on ways to coordinate, support, and promote local efforts to prevent and reduce the use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs in our community.
  • Make a tax-deductible contribution to further the cause of the council.
  • Contact: Brenda Turner, Coalition Director at (812) 216-2229

Support Your Community

The Jackson County Drug-Free Council, Inc. needs the active support of concerned citizens, business groups, religious institutions, youth groups and community organizations to fulfill its mission of reducing substance abuse - especially among our young people.

Interested parties should contact the council at:

Brenda Turner
(812) 216-2229

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