Manchester Voices (now SRSLY Manchester) was founded in 2009 after the Washtenaw Community Health Organization (WCHO)performed a needs assessment that identified Western Washtenaw as a priority area for prevention programming to address the issues of underage and adult binge drinking. This needs assessment was part of a larger data driven, community-level, outcome-based approach to substance abuse prevention called the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). Karen Bergbower & Associates responded to the request for services and developed the project that became Manchester Voices. Two changes took place in 2011, a county wide movement away from adult binge drinking and a new emphasis on abuse/misuse of over the counter medication. Funding for the Manchester Voices Coalition comes from the Washtenaw Community Health Organization, The Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Section, and The Five Healthy Towns Project of The Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation.
The Manchester Voices Coalition was approached by SRSLY in Chelsea near the end 2014 with the opportunity to use the remaining money from their Drug Free Communities Mentee Grant. The Manchester Voices Coalition was offered the opportunity to rebrand, but it was NOT a condition of the Mentee Grant. The Coalition discussed re-branding and came to the conclusion that it was a great opportunity to help create consistent and recognizable prevention messages and efforts across Western Washtenaw County, and it would lead to increased name recognition and resources.