FirstStep™ Initiative


Finding information about substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery options should be easy and quick for those seeking help, especially in times of crisis. Via the web, anyone should be able to access existing resources and information without having to wade through myriad confusing websites, pages and sub-directories.

The FirstStep™ concept originated from this need.

Whether you’re looking for help for yourself, a friend, employee or loved one – the First Step starts with Information.

FirstStep is an online resource system that provides centralized access to local community health and social services agencies’ information, contacts, and articles in an easy to use format to empower you to take your next steps.

FirstStep™ is not a government or a private agency. It is funded and managed by a collective of participating local organizations. FirstStep™ will not ask for, collect or share any of your personal or private information. (see our privacy policy) Our mission is to make it easier for you to get help when you need it.

The ButlerFirstStep™ system was designed and implemented as a FirstStep™ pilot program in Butler County, PA. The system is constantly evolving to reflect the changing needs of the community, and embrace new information technologies that facilitate easier access to help providers. The FirstStep™ system is designed to be standardized and implemented in any county, or community in the country. Talk to us about the possibility of bringing the FirstStep™system to your community.