The Madison Chatham Coalition is a community prevention organization funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Madison Chatham Coalition seeks to establish and strengthen community collaboration, educate youth and adults about the risks associated with underage marijuana and alcohol use and to subsequently reduce youth substance use. Community members and partner organizations come together to address underage drinking and the illegal use of marijuana through the implementation of effective and strategic prevention initiatives to affect community-wide change.
The Madison Chatham Coalition was founded in 2015 as the result of a need identified by the existing municipal alliances; Madison Alliance Addressing Substance Abuse (MAASA) and the Municipal Alliance Committee of the Chathams (MACC). The Madison Health Department which serves Madison and the Chathams, identified that the three towns were struggling with similar substance abuse issues, mostly related to alcohol and marijuana, particularly in the 12-17-year old population. The Madison Health Department and municipal alliances believed it would be beneficial to combine prevention efforts to have a larger impact on reducing youth substance use. After discussing this with the county agency, Morris County Prevention is Key, the Madison Chatham Coalition became a Drug-Free Communities mentee coalition. In 2017, the Coalition was awarded the Drug-Free Communities federal grant which will help the Madison Chatham Coalition expand its reach and further reduce youth substance use in Madison and Chatham.
Coalition Staff and Board of Directors
Prevent and reduce youth substance use and abuse through education, collaboration and community-wide change.
Empowered, educated youth that are confident to make and keep healthy lifestyle choices.
Media & Engagement Coordinator
LAURI O'BRIEN, LSW
Board Member, Teen Task Force Advisor