More than 120 million people in the United States attend religious services regularly…

Faith-based organizations have a unique and critical role to play in reducing youth substance use and addressing related behavioral health issues.


Faith-based organizations are trusted leaders in our community, which makes them well-positioned to take action. Children learn many lessons about healthy living and well-being in faith- and community-based settings that set the foundation for their lifestyles as adults. 


Taking Action:

JPACC’s Faith-Based Initiatives Committee engages the Faith community to learn, assess and participate in community efforts to decrease alcohol and other drug abuse.

Faith-based organizations help create a community of support through initiating, expanding, or coordinating activities such as:

  • Identifying opportunities to discuss the importance of behavioral health and facts about substance use in the community.
  • Creating a supportive, safe and non-judgmental environment to address substance use and other related issues within the congregation and in community settings.
  • Developing relationships with local health service providers and helping to direct individuals and families in need to available services and support in the community.
  •  Inviting local experts to speak at community gatherings and educational hours.
  • Committing to ongoing involvement and outreach.


Contact information:

If you or your faith-based organization is interested in participating in JPACC’s Faith-Based Initiatives Committee, contact the coalition today!

JPACC Office: (504) 361-2515     Office Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Todd Vandegrift- Committee Chair