About the Hidden in Plain Sight Experience

In 2017, the Camanche-DeWitt Coalition and the Gateway ImpACT Coalition partnered on Hidden in Plain Sight project.

Hidden in Plain Sight is an educational experience that walks you through  a typical teenage bedroom.  The inside of the bedroom is set up with drug paraphernalia “Hidden in Plain Sight.”  This is an interactive display/program that offers adults insights into current trends in youth substance abuse, drug paraphernalia, concealment of illicit drugs & alcohol.  Volunteers educate community members about drug trends, paraphernalia, how to talk to youth about alcohol & drugs, and what to do if a problem is suspected.  


The Hidden In Plain Sight experience can be presented in one of two ways:

Open House – After the bedroom is set up, attendees can walk through the exhibit with a guide who points out items of interest inside the room.  Other informational and display materials can be positioned outside the exhibit for review and inspection.

Presentation –Small groups are allowed a few minutes each to inspect the room.  After about 30 minutes have elapsed, a member of law enforcement (or other knowledgeable person) makes a presentation to the entire group.  A question and answer period may follow. 


What you will learn

After participating, participants will know: 

When and how parents should start talking to their children about drugs; 

Key times youth are at risk for substance abuse issues; 

Risk factors of youth substance abuse;

Signs and symptoms of substance abuse;

Common ways/places drugs are hidden;

Paraphernalia used in the processing and use of illicit drugs;

Law Enforcement's experiences in combating alcohol and drug abuse;

What youth are saying about substance abuse issues in the communities;

Local & National resources for those seeking help and information.

In the news


CCDA announces Fund B grants 

By Jacqueline Covey Sep 20, 2017 

Clinton Substance Abuse Council, increased awareness and safety for Hidden in Plain Sight, $4,331.



Hidden In Plain Sight Committee:

Kristin Huisenga, CSAC Executive Director, Coordinator of Gateway ImpACT Coalition (staff)

Lauren Schwandt, Coordinator of Camanche-DeWitt Coalition (staff)

Sgt. Det. Steve Cundiff, Clinton County Sheriff's Office, (CDC Co-chair)

Gabe Gluba-Director of Clinical Services, ASAC (CSAC Board)

Duane Hansen, DeWitt Noon Lions (CDC Executive Committee)

Assistant Chief Bill Greenwalt, Clinton Police Department

Gina Gregoire, Probation/Parole

Sgt. Kelli Smith, Camanche Police Department

Jacie Wherry, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Mercy Medical Center

SRO Justin Witt, DeWitt Police Department/ Central DeWitt Schools

This project would not be possible without law enforcement support!  Thank you to:

Camanche Police Department

Clinton County Sheriff's Office

Clinton Police Department

DeWitt Police Department

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Thank You to the following for your donation towards the Hidden In Plain Sight project:

Diamond Sponsors:

Clinton County Development Association

Mercy Medical Center

Platinum Sponsor:

Lions Clubs: DeWitt Noon, Low Moor, Clinton

Gold Sponsors: 

O-Thompson Construction; Camanche Lutheran Church; Wagner Pharmacy; Denise & Norlin Mommsen

Silver Sponsors:

Petersen-Hagge Furniture

Bronze Sponsors:

Home Depot; Carpetland USA; Hartz Lock Company; Scott Drug Pharmacy; Paul’s Discount Store; St. Joseph Catholic School-8th Grade Class; Family & Friends of the Coalitions; Phoenix Gifts & Tobacco; The Vapor Shop; SA Liquor & Tobacco Mart


Contact Us

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Interested in having the Hidden in Plain Sight Program at your event?

We love to partner! Please contact us to learn more.

Camanche-DeWitt Coalition/Gateway ImpACT Coaltion

250 20th Avenue North, Suite 146, Clinton, IA 52732

(563) 241-4371


Monday - Friday: 730AM-330PM or by appointment

We are often out in the community, we suggest calling before you stop by to ensure staff will be available.