Upcoming Events

The Task Force works with community partners to organize events that serve the diverse needs of our area. Here, you can learn about upcoming events and see which ones you want to join.

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CRAFT Lunch and Learns

Upcoming dates: Aug. 14, Oct. 19, and Dec. 11th, 2018. See the attached flyer for details.

Aug. 14, 2018, Oct. 19th 2018, and Dec. 11th, 2018

2 sessions each day, 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Stepping Stone
4001 John St, Evansville, IN 47714

The event is FREE to attend, and a box lunch is served.
Please call 812.473.3144 the Friday before each CRAFT
Lunch and Learn event to RSVP.

Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) is a behavioral program designed to help concerned significant others (CSOs) engage treatment refusing substance abusers into treatment.

These lunch and learns are FREE and open to the public. These are the topics planned for the upcoming events:
Aug. 14th: Positive Communication
Oct. 9th: Using and Withdrawing Positive Reinforcement
Dec. 11th: Natural Consequences of Using Behavior

Click here for more information. (View .PDF File)

Sponsored by:

  • Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare
  • Friends of Mental Health

Past MSATF Sponsored Events

You can still access information from some previous MSATF sponsored events in the Evansville area.

CRAFT Training for Behavioral Health Providers

The CRAFT approach can empower your clients to care for themselves while helping their loved ones.

Book Cover of 'Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment'

Oct 10, 11, and 12, 2017

The CRAFT method has been shown to be successful in getting substance abusers to enter treatment 70% of the time it is used.

This event is open to therapists and behavioral health providers in Southwest Indiana. Space is limited. Maximum number of participants is capped at 40 people

View the Presenter’s web page

View more information on this event (PDF File)

Local Counselors trained in the CRAFT Method

In October, 2017, the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force sponsored a training opportunity for local counselors to learn the CRAFT approach to helping a loved one seek treatment. Forty counselors attended the training, and some are pursuing certification in this method. You can access a list of the trained counselors, here.

Get Your Loved One Clean and Sober

A Free Public Presentation by Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D.

Book Cover of 'Keep Your Loved One Clean and Sober'

October 12 and 13 2017

Thanks to the generosity of Brentwood Springs, the first 50 people at each of Dr. Meyers’ public events received a free copy of his book, Get Your Loved Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening.

Dr. Meyers co-authored the book, Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening. At this event he will walk you through his award-winning, scientifically proven CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) approach to helping a loved one get sober. The scientifically based CRAFT approach helps you engage treatment-refusing substance users in a positive, compassionate way. This approach has been proven to improve the lives of Concerned Significant Others (CSOs), reduce the problematic addition behavior of your loved one, and increase loved one’s motivation to enter treatment. Research has shown that almost 7 out of 10 people who use the CRAFT method get their loved one to attend treatment.

CRAFT Video Clip

Dr. Meyers was on Monday with Mike to Channel 14 News to talk about the events led in Evansville in October, 2017. Hear him talk about the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention designed to help concerned significant others engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment.


The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force is extremely grateful for each of the following sponsors’ support for this event. With your generosity, we are able bring Dr. Meyers to Evansville to train local professionals and to give two free public presentations. Thank you for your generous support!

  • Berry Plastics
  • Community Foundation Alliance
  • One National Bank
  • Toyota
  • Vanderburgh Community Foundation
  • Vectren
  • Welborn Baptist Foundation
  • Koch Foundation
  • Hammon Foundation

We are also extremely grateful for the support of all the organizations who have representatives on the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force and to these organizations for their in-kind donations.

  • Tropicana Evansville
  • Youth First Inc.
  • St. Vincent | Acension
  • Deaconess Cross Pointe
  • Brentwood Springs
  • Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce