About The Coalition

What is DCP/SAFE?

DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment(DCP/SAFE) is a local community coalition that has been serving DeKalb County, Illinois for the past 20 years. DCP/SAFE began as a joint effort to reduce alcohol and tobacco advertising in the local school districts. Out of this initial partnership has developed an intricate collaboration between community members, government, non-for-profit agencies and private industries.

Initially, DCP/SAFE concentrated on alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention, but the coalition has grown under the direction of the current Steering Committee, DCP/SAFE is now utilizing Environmental Prevention Strategies for the areas of: alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, injury prevention, motor vehicle safety, literacy, violence prevention and general community health education. Currently, our mission and goals are:


The Ben Gordon Center Prevention and Education Program’s purpose is to facilitate the promotion of community based prevention, wellness and healthy lifestyles for youth, adults and the community as a whole within DeKalb County, using researched based, best practiced, and outcome driven prevention strategies that includes input and collaboration with the DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment (DCP/SAFE) Coalition.


  • Substance Abuse Free Environments
  • Community Activities
  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Inter-organizational Cooperation

DCP/SAFE meets the mission and goals that have been established through Action Groups which encompass the Partnership. These Action Groups are listed on the left side of this web page. DCP/SAFE is always growing to meet the needs and desires of DeKalb County Community Members. Please feel free to contact us to learn more.