About Substance Abuse Council

As youth drug use rates rapidly increased in the Battle Creek area during the mid 1980’s, two members of the community, Penny DeGarmo and Dave Steger, joined forces with concerned parents to form the grassroots coalition known as the Substance Abuse Council (SAC). In 1986, the group focused on improving the quality of life in the Battle Creek community by helping individuals of all ages lead drug-free lives. This original mission is still served today through the Substance Abuse Council’s purpose of achieving greater community health through the prevention and reduction of substance abuse.

For over 30 years, the coalition has worked to prevent substance abuse in Calhoun County collaborating with over 100 partners addressing the problems and issues related to substance use.  The coalition is made up of dedicated partners from law enforcement, schools, parents, elected officials and healthcare. Please contact us at 269-326-4040 if you would like to be a part of this life saving work!


Substance Abuse Council Staff

Dawn R. Smith
Executive Director
Heather Vought
Program Manager
Danyelle Maitland
Prevention Specialist
Makenzy Steele

Substance Abuse Council

Contact Us

34 West Jackson Street, Suite 2A
Battle Creek, MI 49017


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