Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc.

  • Chesterfield, VA
  • www.chesterfieldsafe.org

Mission Statement

The mission of SAFE is to engage our community in working together to prevent and reduce substance abuse. SAFE accomplishes its mission through four key areas: increasing awareness of substance abuse issues to create action for change, developing community partnerships, advocating for policies and practices that reduce substance abuse, and involving youths in leadership roles to influence their peers and decision makers.

Main Programs

  1. Alcohol
  2. Medication Abuse
  3. Teen Ambassadors
  4. Inhalant Abuse Prevention
  5. Use, You Lose
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

SAFE serves the entire population of Chesterfield County. SAFE is pleased that many of its efforts have been shared with other communities in Richmond, Tri-Cities, and specifically mentoring the Henrico Too Smart 2 Start coalition, for possible replication and also across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Ms. Regina Whitsett

Keywords

Self-reported

SAFE substance abuse underage drinking inhalants prescription drug abuse alcohol community coalitions locking caps

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2015, 2015 and 2014.
Register now

EIN

54-1936878

 Number

2853022015

Also Known As

SAFE

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

During the 2013-14 fiscal year, SAFE's top accomplishments have been in the areas of teen leadership, medication abuse prevention, inhalant abuse prevention, marijuana prevention, underage drinking and drinking and driving prevention. SAFE established a Teen Ambassadors/Buddy2Buddy cross-age mentoring program. Trained high school students mentor and build relationships with elementary school students in an after-school setting, serving as positive role models, helping with tutoring and providing an interactive substance abuse prevention lesson. The program received recognition from the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy. SAFE has used a multi-pronged approach to decrease medication abuse, including regular medication take-backs (collecting over 6 tons of expired or unneeded medications), holding medication summits, providing community education, training healthcare providers and partnering with physician offices and pharmacies to promote the importance of locking up meds, not sharing them with others and disposing of them properly. SAFE received a National Association of Counties Innovation Award for its partnership with the HVAC community to install locking caps on air conditioning units to prevent huffing of Freon from the service valves, the first initiative of its kind nationwide. This, along with SAFE's other inhalant prevention efforts, contributed to a 28% decrease in inhalant abuse between 2005 and 2012 among Chesterfield eighth-graders. SAFE received a ""Bright Idea"" award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for its compliance checks initiative, which resulted a decrease in sales of alcohol to minors from off-site retail outlets from 28% in 2007 to 5% in 2012. Through reduction of substance abuse, SAFE seeks to also reduce crime, child abuse and neglect, injury and bullying thus improving health and safety in our communities. SAFE has also launched a SAFE Latino substance abuse coalition that includes representation from 30 various organizations. Major goals for this year include 1) reducing alcohol-related crashes among 18-24 year olds through a targeted media campaign, increased DUI enforcement and increased compliance among establishments with alcohol licenses for checking IDs and not selling/serving to underage persons 2) educating the Latino community in substance abuse prevention efforts 3) continued expansion of the Teen Ambassador program to additional elementary schools and incorporating a Latino component 4) continuing medication abuse prevention efforts through a media campaign targeting parents and trainings for healthcare professionals and 5) educate Virginians about the adverse effects of marijuana on youth, families and the community, and 6) diversifying the funding base for the organization.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Alcohol

SAFE works to prevent underage drinking and to reduce alcohol abuse through a variety of initiatives. SAFE is presently conducting a major campaign to reduce alcohol-related crashes in Chesterfield County among 18-24 year olds. SAFE also holds compliance checks, in partnership with Chesterfield police, to reduce the accessibility of alcohol to minors. SAFE's Cafe Conversations stimulate discussions between parents and young adolescents to talk about alcohol around a shared dinner. SAFE helps prepare parents for talking to their teens about celebrating prom and graduation alcohol-free and about dealing with alcohol pressures as their child transitions to higher education. SAFE also raises awareness about the community environment and its impact on decisions young people make about alcohol. That awareness leads to citizen advocacy, policy change and social changes that reduce underage drinking.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

Medication Abuse

Medication abuse is an escalating problem locally as well as nationally. SAFE serves as a catalyst for addressing this issue, bringing together stakeholders from multiple professional and community sectors to share their perspectives, develop concrete strategies to address the problem and determine collaborative approaches for implementing those strategies. These efforts have resulted in educational trainings for healthcare providers on medication abuse, the involvement of medical practices and pharmacies in sharing information with their patients/customers about the importance of locking medications, not sharing them and disposing of them safely, a media campaign to increase parent/child conversations about the dangers of medication abuse and (in collaboration with Chesterfield police), the collection of over 3½ tons of unused medications at take-back events since 2010.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 3

Teen Ambassadors

SAFE promotes teen involvement and leadership in substance abuse prevention through its Teen Ambassadors program. Teen Ambassadors are high school students who serve as positive role models to younger students, providing tutoring assistance and engaging them in activities that promote healthy choices and prevent substance abuse.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

20,000

Program 4

Inhalant Abuse Prevention

SAFE developed a comprehensive inhalant abuse prevention initiative targeting elementary and middle school students, parents, and school staff and raised awareness in the community about the problem. The initiative resulted in a 28% reduction in inhalant abuse by 8th graders between 2005 and 2010. SAFE continues to maintain and expand program elements to reduce inhalant usage, including a partnership with the HVAC community to install locking caps on air conditioning units to prevent huffing of refrigerant from the service valves.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

5,000

Program 5

Use, You Lose

Use, You Lose is a campaign focused on students from grades K-12 and their parents about the consequences for using alcohol and other drugs. It particularly highlights the consequences at school, including suspension (and sometimes expulsion), loss of privileges to participate in after-school activities, including sports, for 45 days, loss of right to park on school property for juniors and seniors. In addition, it highlights legal consequences and social and health consequences from the use of alcohol and other drugs. In fifth grade, students receive a SAFE Use, You Lose sports bag. Their parents are provided a brochure containing a contract relating to family rules about tobacco, alcohol and other drug use they can talk about and sign with their child.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

SAFE serves the entire population of Chesterfield County. SAFE is pleased that many of its efforts have been shared with other communities in Richmond, Tri-Cities, and specifically mentoring the Henrico Too Smart 2 Start coalition, for possible replication and also across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

To develop a comprehensive sustainability plan that includes sufficient funding to sustain current staffing and increase SAFE's capacity to serve its constituency. Specifically, to increase financial support from businesses and individuals to provide a funding base less dependent upon grant funding. To ensure the board has adequate representation from public and private sectors that reflects the demographics of the communities we serve. Specifically, greater representation from the business, faith and minority communities and additional board members with legal and financial expertise. To build greater board involvement through active contributions to a dynamic ongoing evaluation of our efforts and greater participation in coalition activities targeting substance abuse issues. Specifically, increase in numbers of community volunteers taking an active role on SAFE's task forces addressing underage drinking, alcohol-related crashes, medication abuse, inhalants, tobacco and marijuana. To achieve greater collaboration at the individual, organizational, and corporate level to reach the stated goals of SAFE. To advocate for effective changes in public policy to reduce substance abuse for all citizens.

photos


External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2015 and 2014
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc.

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2015 and 2014
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Principal Officer

Ms. Regina Whitsett

BIO

Ms. Regina Whitsett served as interim executive director following the resignation of the previous executive director of nine years in December 2013 and was unanimously named executive director by the board in May 2014. She has extensive experience in substance abuse prevention and coalition work. Her previous position was education coordinator at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Ms. Whitsett continues to oversee SAFE's Strategic Planning Framework-State Incentive Grant that focuses on the prevention of alcohol-related crashes among 18-24 year olds.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"When a community discovers its values, there is nothing it cannot change. As in the fable of stone soup, the collaborative contributions of individuals leads to benefits for the entire group. Residents in the communities served by SAFE have demonstrated this truth in practical, measurable ways. Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on children, families, government budgets, private company profits, medical resources and virtually every sector of our lives. No family remains untouched by this scourge. Our approach to substance abuse prevention generates change at the population level so that all citizens have a better chance of making healthy, life affirming choices. Through hard work and determination, the partners in SAFE have found effective strategies to save lives, prevent injury, protect families, reduce crime, strengthen the economy and improve educational outcomes. SAFE has a proven methodology; we rely upon the knowledge and wisdom of citizens to make it work. Everyone is welcome to join in this effort. In fact, we need you to do just that for the good of the community and the future of generations yet unborn."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. W. Glen Miller

Retired, Chesterfield County Public Schools and Faculty at John Tyler Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University

Term: Sept 2009 - Sept 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?