Drug Endangered Children

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is implementing a Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program to provide support to youth exposed to opioids and other drugs by their caregivers.  As a part of the program implementation, MSP will establish the Michigan Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.  The Michigan DEC Alliance will help local communities to build strategic partnerships and improve outreach, as well as facilitate communication and cooperation across many different agencies that play important roles in the lives of drug exposed youth.  MSP and the Michigan DEC will guide professional connections and resource-sharing to help communities improve their multidisciplinary responses to families and children exposed to opioids and other drugs.

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.

September 16: Online CORE DEC Training for Macomb County Child Protective Services
October 13: Michigan DEC Board Meeting
October 28: Online CORE DEC Training for Inter-Tribal Council Behavioral Health Staff
November 10: Michigan DEC Board Meeting
December 8: Michigan DEC Board Meeting

Contact Libby Gorton, Statewide DEC Coordinator, at gortonl1@michigan.gov for more information on scheduling CORE DEC trainings.


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.   

Contact Information

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