The first meeting of the relaunched West Hartford Prevention Partnership will take place on Thursday, October 21.
The City of West Hartford is relaunching the West Hartford Prevention Partnership Coalition to effectively assess community addiction and mental health needs and work collaboratively to implement prevention strategies.
The West Hartford Prevention Partnership is looking for residents who are passionate about helping others. Perhaps you have seen a loved one struggle with addiction or mental health issues, perhaps you are an expert in the field or have lost a loved one to the illness of addiction, or are you recovering yourself and want to give back and educate others. Whatever the case, the organization wants you to be the voice and perspective to reach out to many diverse industries to build a network of influence in the community, including the following: business owners, faith communities, security public, justice system, early childhood, education, health and behavioral health service providers, youth, parents, coaches, youth-serving organizations, public sector agencies, unions, media partners, people in recovery, etc.
This coalition will use the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to reduce risky behaviors, promote resilience and prevent problematic behaviors in individuals and across the lifespan. More information can be found here: A guide to SAMHSA’s preventive strategic framework.
Anyone interested in volunteering or knowing someone who can volunteer their time as a coalition member, please contact Kelly Waterhouse, City of West Hartford, Department of Social Services at [email protected] or 860-561-7575. The minimum requirements would be to attend a recurring monthly meeting probably in the early evening, with overtime for ongoing prevention projects as needed.
The first meeting will take place on October 21, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Elmwood Community Center, Room 24, located at 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, (entrance via Burgoyne Street off Quaker Lane South, behind Walgreens).
For the year 2021-2022, the West Hartford Prevention Partnership will focus on vaping actions and coalition building, based on data from DMHAS.
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