Who We Are

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Substance abuse is a challenge to the health and well-being of our young people and our community. SAFE’s mission is to engage our community in working together to prevent substance abuse.

Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc. (SAFE) has been serving Chesterfield County, Virginia, a suburban/rural county of 319,000 residents south of the City of Richmond, since 1999. SAFE utilizes awareness and education, community partnerships, youth leadership and advocacy to address substance abuse issues. The coalition works to create community-level change in behaviors and attitudes relating to substance abuse.

SAFE develops its initiatives based on community issues identified through surveys of youths and parents, statistical data such as juvenile alcohol and drug-related arrests, and community input (read more...)

 SAFE received a prestigious national Got Outcomes! Milestone Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America for its successful reduction of substance abuse among Chesterfield teens.

Click here for SAFE's on-line annual report for 2013-14.

Click here for financial information about SAFE.

Click here for SAFE's audit for 2013-14.



Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development Team

SAFE is supported by its many community partners. The Chesterfield County Department of Youth Planning and Development provides significant in-kind staff support and resources for the coalition.

SAFE has developed a variety of initiatives in partnership with the public schools, police, health and mental health departments, juvenile court judges, the faith community, youth-serving organizations, the media, the business community, parents and youth.

SAFE is governed by a board of directors representing many community sectors.

Chair, Dr. Glen Miller, CCPS (retired), VCU and JTCC faculty

Vice Chair, Dr. Parham Jaberi, Director, VDH, Chesterfield District

Max Morehead, Treasurer, Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking, Village Bank

Secretary, Melissa Ackley, Director, Chesterfield County Mental Health & Prevention Services

Committees and task forces work on identified issues. Any concerned citizen is invited to participate. Learn how to get involved.