MSPF Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions of Anne Arundel County

The Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework (MSPF) Coalitions of Anne Arundel County work inside the community to promote public health, public safety and wellness by reducing drug and alcohol abuse among young people through evidence-based prevention strategies. Our multiple prevention coalitions mobilize community members throughout the county to take an active stand in preventing underage drinking and substance use in Anne Arundel County.

What is a coalition?

In simplest terms, a coalition is a group of individuals and/or organizations with a common interest who agree to work together toward a common goal.

Our coalitions work in the following communities:

Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse Coalition (NLASA)
Pasadena, Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park and Curtis Bay.

South County Bridges to a Drug Free Community Coalition
Churchton, Davidsonville, Deale, Dunkirk, Edgewater, Friendship, Galesville, Harwood, Lothian, Mayo, North Beach, Riva, Shady Side, Tracy’s Landing, and West River.

Western Anne Arundel Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (WASP)
Hanover, Ft. Meade, Laurel, Jessup, Severn and Odenton.

Please click on any of the coalition links below to find out more information!


Heroin in Maryland

Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan and Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh have declared states of emergency in Maryland and our county due to the epidemic rates of opioid overdose deaths. Local and countywide prevention coalitions are working diligently to take immediate action.


Anne Arundel County ranks third highest in Maryland in the number of deaths due to opioid misuse. The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is facilitating a county wide work group, Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP)  to implement prevention education and other strategies throughout Anne Arundel County that will decrease opioid misuse and heroin related deaths.

News & Updates

How did these coalitions evolve?

In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded a federal grant to the Behavioral Health Administration to develop and implement the Maryland Strategic Framework (MSPF) initiative designed to strengthen prevention capacity, infrastructure, and implement evidence-based, culturally competent prevention strategies and programs to reduce the misuse of alcohol by youth and young adults in Maryland. The Behavioral Health Administration assigned the Anne Arundel County Department of Health as the lead agency responsible for the MSPF planning and coalition development within the county.

For more information on the MSPF Process, click here.