Drug Endangered Children

Vision Statement

The Michigan DEC Alliance seeks to establish a collaborative system of professionals that work to ensure all children lead lives free from abuse, neglect, and exposure to opioids and other harmful substances.

Mission Statement

The Michigan DEC Alliance protects and serves drug endangered children by promoting multidisciplinary collaboration and information sharing among DEC professionals, from early identification through intervention, response, and support.


MSP has partnered with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children to strengthen the efforts of this program.  National DEC provides training, assistance, and resources to state and local DEC alliances.  For more information on National DEC, visit their website.


FUNDING:  In October 2019, MSP received a $1 million, three-year competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI), Award # 2019-YB-FX-K003.  This funding will provide support for the DEC program and the MSP's overarching goal of helping children exposed to opioids and other drugs.   For more information on this grant award, visit the OJJDP FY 19 OAYI webpage.


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Numerous resources are available at the Child Welfare Information Gateway, including the 2021-2022 Prevention Resource Guide, child maltreatment data, and other publications. Take some time this month to learn how protective factors and adverse childhood experiences impact families and communities.

In recognition of National DEC Awareness Day on April 28, the Kansas DEC Alliance is hosting several webinars throughout the month.  These events are sponsored by National DEC, Kansas DEC, Developing Caring Communities Committed to Action (DCCA), Safe Streets, the Kansas Children's Service League, and the Mid-American Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (PTTC). All events are listed in Central Time and are open to the public.

June 9-September 22: DEC Development Academy

June 16: Michigan DEC presentation to Greater Flint Health Coalition Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force

June 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m.: CORE DEC Awareness training for Clare County Foster Parent

August 24-27: National DEC Conference, Nashville, TN
‚ÄčThe National DEC Conference will be held in person at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Session topics include childhood trauma, suicide prevention, ACES training, resilience, and many more.  Register here!

Contact Libby Gorton, Statewide DEC Coordinator, at MSP-MichiganDEC@michigan.gov for more information on CORE DEC trainings.

Michigan DEC Alliance Brochure
Michigan DEC Alliance Strategic Plan
Children At Risk: Evidence
Working with First Responders in DEC Efforts
Working with Service Providers in DEC Efforts
Helping Children During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Making an Effective Call to CPS

National DEC is now offering online courses through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).  The training modules can be accessed at https://www.nationaldec.org/training

Though many in-person activities are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are numerous online resources for children and families affected by Substance Use Disorder (SUD).  For more information, please visit the sites listed below.   

Michigan State Police
Grants and Community Services Division
7150 Harris Drive
Dimondale, Michigan 48821
Mailing: P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Libby Gorton
Statewide DEC Coordinator
Michigan State Police
Email: gortonl1@michigan.gov
Phone: 517-284-3251