Porter County is located in Northwest Indiana, one hour southeast of Chicago, Illinois. We are on the southern tip of Lake Michigan, between Lake and La Porte Counties. According to 2016 population estimates, Porter County has a population of 167,791. Centrally located, the City of Valparaiso is the county seat with the City of Portage and Towns of Chesterton, Burns Harbor and Porter in the northern half of the county while Hebron and Kouts are in the southern part of the county.

This Comprehensive County Plan (CCP) covers three problem statements in the areas of prevention/education; intervention/treatment, and law enforcement/justice. In an effort to cover all aspects of the plan, the CCP committee meets weekly for a series of months and collects data that is relevant to the program areas, developing a clear and concise picture of the substance abuse issues in the county.

The plan is an instrument for the county prepared by leading experts in the coalition and those who have collaborated with the coalition to prepare the best possible plan using current local data and local agencies. This Comprehensive Community Plan acts as the overall strategy connecting all the collaborative efforts of the many sectors and facets of the county. This plan has been presented to, and approved by, the coalition on Thursday, June 13, 2017.

LCC Contact:

Dawn Pelc, MPA, CFRM, CPS 

Executive Director

Porter County Substance Abuse Council

57 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 103

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: 219-462-0946


County Commissioners:

Jim Biggs

Jeff Good

Laura Shurr-Blaney

155 Indiana Avenue #205

Valparaiso, IN 46383