About the Milton Coalition
The Milton Public Health Department founded the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) in the fall of 2014.
The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is aligned with a growing national and state movement, seeking to bring community residents and leaders together to cooperatively address concerns about substance abuse and mental illness in specific local situations. Coalition leadership and volunteer members are committed to
analyzing local community problems,
raising community awareness, and
supporting efforts to tackle these issues.
Coalitions use data to clarify priorities. Coalitions use proven, nationally developed best practices to inform their strategies.
What is a Community Coalition?
MSAPC brings together health and social service professionals, public leaders in education, religion, media, recreation, business, public safety, policy and planning, as well as diverse residents - including students, parents and affected family members - to work collaboratively on preventing and addressing substance abuse and preventable mental illness in our Town of Milton, with a focus on youth. We recognize that our community is not immune from these problems, and we are motivated to face them together. The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) uses a national model to plan, implement and evaluate its work. We don’t dictate solutions to police, schools or other groups. Instead, we foster a coordinated approach. We advocate for the adoption of best practices, evaluate our town’s progress, and bring contemporary resources to the table.
The Milton Coalition’s Mission Statement, which was collectively drafted and debated, reads as follows:
Coalition Values and Principles
The following Operating Principles inform the Milton Coalition’s efforts:
Raise awareness about the prevalence and causes of substance abuse and related mental health disorders
Improve access to care
Foster linkages between community members and resources to improve access to care and services that will minimize the consequences of substance abuse, will support recovery for individuals and their loved ones, and will promote mental health
Use data to inform decision making
Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data about the health needs and assets in our community to help formulate the most relevant strategies and to benchmark our progress
Advocate for effective programs, services, policies and practice change
Use proven educational modalities, environmental strategies, program interventions and policy approaches to prevent and reduce the incidence of substance use and mental illness in the community
Foster hope and compassion, and reduce stigma, for those affected by substance abuse and mental health disorders, including those in recovery and their impacted loved ones.
Engage community members
Recruit and involve residents of all backgrounds and ages, including youth and seniors, to plan and implement strategies.
Build community relationships and external partnerships
Promote collaboration amongst the diverse sectors, organizations, leaders and residents that influence health in town, as well as work with regional partners
Include diverse voices
Promote diversity by proactively reaching out to, and addressing issues uniquely experienced by underrepresented, underserved and vulnerable populations.
The coalition will operate in a manner that fosters community engagement and trust by offering regular and transparent communications, and guidelines that promote inclusive decision making.
Operating Structure and Guidelines
If you are considering becoming a member of the Core Stakeholder's team, you may download the Application Form as a Word Document via this link. (The Word document is wrapped in a .zip archive. We suggest using a computer instead of a mobile device to download and decompress the application form. Instructions concerning where to send the completed form are included in the document.)
Who funds the Milton Coalition?
Legislative Earmark sponsored by Senator Walter Timilty
Coalition and other community members.