Upcoming Events

The Task Force works with community partners to organize events that serve the diverse needs of our area. Here, you can learn about upcoming events and see which ones you want to join.

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CRAFT Lunch and Learns

Upcoming dates: Aug. 14, Oct. 19, and Dec. 11th, 2018. See the attached flyer for details.

Aug. 14, 2018, Oct. 19th 2018, and Dec. 11th, 2018

2 sessions each day, 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Stepping Stone
4001 John St, Evansville, IN 47714

The event is FREE to attend, and a box lunch is served.
Please call 812.473.3144 the Friday before each CRAFT
Lunch and Learn event to RSVP.

Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) is a behavioral program designed to help concerned significant others (CSOs) engage treatment refusing substance abusers into treatment.

These lunch and learns are FREE and open to the public. These are the topics planned for the upcoming events:
Aug. 14th: Positive Communication
Oct. 9th: Using and Withdrawing Positive Reinforcement
Dec. 11th: Natural Consequences of Using Behavior

Click here for more information. (View .PDF File)

Sponsored by:

  • Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare
  • Friends of Mental Health

Past MSATF Sponsored Events

You can still access information from some previous MSATF sponsored events in the Evansville area.

CRAFT Training for Behavioral Health Providers

The CRAFT approach can empower your clients to care for themselves while helping their loved ones.

Book Cover of 'Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment'

Oct 10, 11, and 12, 2017

The CRAFT method has been shown to be successful in getting substance abusers to enter treatment 70% of the time it is used.

This event is open to therapists and behavioral health providers in Southwest Indiana. Space is limited. Maximum number of participants is capped at 40 people

View the Presenter’s web page

View more information on this event (PDF File)

Local Counselors trained in the CRAFT Method

In October, 2017, the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force sponsored a training opportunity for local counselors to learn the CRAFT approach to helping a loved one seek treatment. Forty counselors attended the training, and some are pursuing certification in this method. You can access a list of the trained counselors, here.

Get Your Loved One Clean and Sober

A Free Public Presentation by Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D.

Book Cover of 'Keep Your Loved One Clean and Sober'

October 12 and 13 2017

Thanks to the generosity of Brentwood Springs, the first 50 people at each of Dr. Meyers’ public events received a free copy of his book, Get Your Loved Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening.

Dr. Meyers co-authored the book, Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening. At this event he will walk you through his award-winning, scientifically proven CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) approach to helping a loved one get sober. The scientifically based CRAFT approach helps you engage treatment-refusing substance users in a positive, compassionate way. This approach has been proven to improve the lives of Concerned Significant Others (CSOs), reduce the problematic addition behavior of your loved one, and increase loved one’s motivation to enter treatment. Research has shown that almost 7 out of 10 people who use the CRAFT method get their loved one to attend treatment.

CRAFT Video Clip

Dr. Meyers was on Monday with Mike to Channel 14 News to talk about the events led in Evansville in October, 2017. Hear him talk about the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention designed to help concerned significant others engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment.


The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force is extremely grateful for each of the following sponsors’ support for this event. With your generosity, we are able bring Dr. Meyers to Evansville to train local professionals and to give two free public presentations. Thank you for your generous support!

  • Berry Plastics
  • Community Foundation Alliance
  • One National Bank
  • Toyota
  • Vanderburgh Community Foundation
  • Vectren
  • Welborn Baptist Foundation
  • Koch Foundation
  • Hammon Foundation

We are also extremely grateful for the support of all the organizations who have representatives on the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force and to these organizations for their in-kind donations.

  • Tropicana Evansville
  • Youth First Inc.
  • St. Vincent | Acension
  • Deaconess Cross Pointe
  • Brentwood Springs
  • Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Past Community Events

You can still access information from some previous substance abuse-related events in the Evansville area.

"Hidden In Plain View"

Friday, October 6, 2017

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St., Walnut Room B

This event is part of the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference. Parents and community leaders attending the event will learn about the world of drug use through a teenager’s eyes through the collaboration of the session leaders.

Power To Parent

Power to Parent describes itself as, "a website and media campaign designed to help parents keep their teens healthy and safe." Parents will find a lot of helpful information and tips on the Power to Parent website.

Power to Parent developed Hidden in Plain View, a traveling educational exhibit of a teen’s bedroom designed to help educate parents about the places kids can hide drugs, drug paraphernalia and other contraband.

The Heroin and Opioid Crisis: A Community Forum

Substance Abuse Council of Vanderburgh County

1st Forum - September 13, 2017
2nd Forum - September 25, 2017

1st Forum - 5:30 PM
2nd Forum - 6:00 PM

1st Forum - Bethel Church
2nd Forum - Memorial Baptist Church

The Heroin and Opioid crisis is a critical issue that affects our community and impacts every one of our neighborhoods. Join us to discuss this public health crisis and work together to face the challenges connected to this issue.

This event is presented by the Substance Abuse Council of Vanderburgh County

Bethel Temple Forum - Event Flier (PDF File)

Memorial Baptist Forum - Event Flier (PDF File)

Marti MacGibbon, "Gratitude, Celebration, and the Power for 2nd Chances"

July 20, 2017

Marti is a nationally recognized inspirational speaker, and author of the nationally award-winning, bestselling memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, a gritty and humorous account of her journey through addiction that inspires recovering addicts, their families, and anyone who enjoys a gripping story of the triumph of the human spirit.

Learn more about Marti MacGibbon, here: https://www.gdaspeakers.com/speaker/marti-macgibbon/

Opioid Awareness Run

Run the race, stop the stigma

Opioid Awareness Run

November 18, 2017

Starts at 8:00 AM

Eykamp Scout Center
3501 E Lloyd Expy, Evansville, IN 47715

It has been declared a national emergency and the opioid crisis in the tri-state area is prevalent. On Saturday, November 18, we will remember those we have lost from this epidemic, educate our community, and cultivate awareness.

Register online for this event

Registration is only $20 and includes an event t-shirt.

This event is presented by 7 Sisters

7 sisters have come together to honor the siblings they have lost to this epidemic with a mission to educate, provide recovery options and stop the stigma of this disease.

If we can save one life, we have accomplished our goal. We hope that you consider joining us in this charge.

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