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Excelsior Springs SAFE

Excelsior Springs SAFE (Substance Abuse-Free Environments) is a local coalition focused on youth substance use prevention. We have members from all sectors of the community and anyone who lives or works in Excelsior Springs is welcome to join us.

SAFE works to educate and develop public awareness concerning substance use and mental illness, as well as other related topics. We analyze local data, plan, and implement evidence-based community prevention initiatives that focus on creating environmental change. Strategies include education, skill-building, advocacy, and changing community norms. We empower community members with substance use prevention information and the skills necessary for them to create change in their own sectors and through collaboration with other sectors.

SAFE is a member of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America); we are one of the many coalitions across the country working to prevent youth substance. SAFE was begun over 25 years ago as a collaborative effort between Tri-County Mental Health and the Excelsior Springs community. In 2021, SAFE began its 6th year as a Drug-Free Communties grantee, in grant partnership with Excelsior Springs Hospital. SAFE invites the public to join us in our efforts. Email our Program Director, Julia Mees, at for more information. Visit our website at