Who We Are

What's Our Story?

Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) is a community organization with over 140 active members from all areas of the Bureau county and Putnam county community. It is our mission to reduce substance abuse among youth in Bureau and Putnam counties, and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. CPASA's overall vision is to work together to help our youth stay healthy, safe, and substance free.

What started in September 2007 as a small group meeting to study and discuss data regarding substance use in Bureau and Putnam counties has now expanded into one of the largest substance abuse coalitions in the nation. CPASA has received the Drug Free Communities Grant since 2009, which has allowed the coalition to do so much in and for the community. In efforts to accomplish our overall vision, CPASA has created a youth group called "BP Power" which exists to raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse led by anti-substance abuse teen advocates and leaders in partnership with CPASA for fellow teens in the Bureau county and Putnam county community.

CPASA has been very active within the community promoting numerous projects and programs in efforts to decrease the risk of substance abuse, especially among our youth. For more information, please visit our Projects and Programs Page.

The dedication and passion of each member of CPASA ensures that this coalition will be active for quite some time. CPASA has representatives from a wide cross-section of the Bureau and Putnam County communities including:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Education
  • Local Business Community
  • Media
  • Youth Service Organizations
  • Faith Organizations
  • Fraternal Organizations
  • Civic and Volunteer Groups
  • Health Care Professionals
  • State/Governmental Agencies
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Agencies
  • Youth
  • Parents

If you are interested in CPASA and would like to help make a difference, please Contact Us!

Leadership Team Members

Tom Root
Police Chief
Princeton Police Department



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Ph: 815-872-2351
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John Thompson
Sheriff (Retired)
Bureau County Sheriff's Department



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Email Sheriff Thompson

Kevin Sangston
Police Chief
Spring Valley Police Department



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Ph: 815-663-2351
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Judson Lusher
Princeton Elementary School Board President



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Ph: 815-875-2141
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Claudia Bachman
Health Promotions Specialist



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Ph: 815-481-1315
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Diana Rawlings
Public Heath Administrator
Bureau/Putnam County Health Dept

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Ph: 815-872-5091, ext. 213
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Dawn Conerton
Project Coordinator
C.P.A.S.A.
Bureau/Putnam County Health Dept

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Ph: 815-872-5091, ext. 224
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Terry Madsen
Consultant - Attorney




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Ph: 815-875-4601
Email Terry