The Porter County Substance Abuse Council is a community resource and referral nucleus that provides support to any public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local and tribal governments working to prevent and reduce substance abuse in our community. 

Council staff are qualified, credentialed and trained as Prevention Strategists having received extensive training through the National Coalition Academy. Training is provided through partnerships with federal, state and local funding sources. We are members of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, (CADCA); partners with the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC); ONDCP, NHTSA, CDC, NIDA, APHA, and Overdose Lifeline, Inc. (ODLL). 

OUR GOAL: Porter County Substance Abuse Council goal is to reduce the incidence of substance abuse in Porter County. 

OUR PURPOSE: To formulate and implement a county wide comprehensive plan and to advocate legislative concerns both locally and statewide as it relates to the goal and vision of the Council.

OUR MISSION: Porter County Substance Abuse Council mission is to reduce youth and adult substance abuse by assessing for, promoting through, and educating about effective community-based programs.


Tim Beach, President

Jamie Erow, Vice President

Secretary, Chuck Harris

Treasurer, Brenda Sheetz


April Russ

Chris Buyer

Bradley Campbell


Dawn N. Pelc, MPA, CFRM, CPS

Executive Director

Patti Lembcke, AA, CPS

Drug Free Communities Coordinator

Kaitlyn Griffin, BSW

Mental Health Awareness Training Coordinator

Carley Samayoa 

Partners for Success Grant Coordinator

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Porter County Substance Abuse Council

57 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 203, Valparaiso, IN 46383, US

(219) 462-0946