About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force is to engage the Evansville community in working together to promote substance abuse awareness, education, prevention, and treatment.

Our Goals

  1. Help the community acknowledge, understand, and effectively address the problem of substance abuse.
  2. Promote effective prevention strategies and programs.
  3. Help people access treatment and recovery options.

Our History 

After elected in 2011, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke organized a task force to address community problems associated with methamphetamine labs such as fires, environmental factors, childcare, explosions, crime, etc. As the lab issues subsided, the group rebranded as the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force (M.S.A.T.F.) and expanded the mission to include prevention, treatment, and recovery. Over time, the effort has evolved from a group of community stakeholders meeting to discuss various problems and initiatives, to several work groups which are focused on moving forward with activities to address the opioid and other substance use associated threats to the health of our citizens and furthermore, the public health of the Evansville region.

Our Work Groups

The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force has seven work groups which include:

Website and Social Media

C.R.A.F.T. (Community Reinforcement and Family Training)


Long Term Recovery Center Work Group

Human Resources


C.P.S.C. (Community and Patient Safety Coalition) Pharmacy Group

Our Members