Mission Statement Child Advocacy's Gratiot Count Substance & Suicide Prevention Program's (formerly the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition) mission is to collect and share data in order to develop and implement prevention strategies which will result in community collaboration to reduce the misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other substances among youth and adults.
Child Advocacy's Gratiot County Substance & Suicide Prevention Program's (GCSSPP) vision is to empower individuals in Gratiot County to choose a healthy, safe way to work, play, and live. This will be accomplished by collaboration among organizations, agencies, and government.
GCSAC (Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition) was founded by the Gratiot Collaborative Council in 2005 to help address the need for substance abuse prevention services in Gratiot County. Since that time, the coalition has gathered additional information about the nature of the problem of substance use and abuse in Gratiot County and developed programs and services to help address the need. In 2010, Child Advocacy became the fiduciary for GCSAC. Child Advocacy provides supervision and acts as a fiduciary for prevention dollars. Through this partnership, the coalition was able to become more effective and is looked upon as a leader of change and advocacy in the community.
There have been many changes and additions to the Coalition since Child Advocacy became the fiduciary in 2010. The program has expanded from one staff member to four, and the coalition has increased their efforts throughout the community and has focused on suicide prevention in the community.
In an effort to unify the coalition with it's fiduciary branding and to include an accurate description of programming, a name change was proposed to the executive team in August 2023 and was brought to a coalition vote in September 2023.
In September 2023 the program was officially re-named through a coalition vote to the Gratiot County Substance & Suicide Prevention Program (GCSSPP). While the coalition name has changed, the Gratiot County Substance & Suicide Prevention Program is still directed by the governing body of the coalition, which meets the second Monday of the month at 1pm.