AHM UPCOMING EVENTS

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Below you will find upcoming AHM programs and events.  We also list community events that help to support our mission.  We hope you will join us!  Please keep in mind that many of these events do require registration.  If you have any questions about our programs or events, please call our office at 860-228-9488.  For events not sponsored by us, please contact the place that is listed.


13 The Musical

July 27, 2018 and July 28, 2018, 7:00 PM, RHAM High School Auditorium, Hebron
Please join us for another great production from our Summer Youth Theater!  Take a look at our production flyer.  Tickets are $13.00 per adult and $7.00 per senior/child, available at the AHM building on 25 Pendleton Drive and at the Hebron Town Hall.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

For more information on this year’s production, students and parents please visit our main page.

Mental Health First Aid Training

August 6, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, AHM Building, Hebron
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens, how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health crisis or an addiction challenge.

This training is $35.00 per person which includes your training book and lunch.  Please register by calling the AHM office at 860-228-9488 or by emailing MichelleH@ahmyouth.org.  Mental Health First Aid Training is brought to you by AHM, the Community Mental health Fund and Gilead Congregational Church.  For more information, please take a look at our flyer.

15th Annual AHM Invitational Golf Open

August 10, 2018, 9:00 AM Welcome and 9:30 AM Shotgun Scramble, Blackledge Country Club, Hebron
This year marks our 15th Annual AHM Invitational Golf Open!  Our tradition of making this an affordable and fun tournament continues in 2018; and we hope you will be a part of this special day.  The tournament will be held at Blackledge Country Club in Hebron and the cost will be $115.00 per person, which will include:

  • Your cart and 18 holes of golf
  • Two mulligans
  • Entrance into our Hole in One contests, hosted by Ferguson & McGuire Insurance Company
  • Complementary coffee and donuts in the morning provided by Dunkin Donuts of Hebron
  • Hot dog cart sponsored by Ted’s IGA Supermarket
  • Delicious luncheon at the pavilion sponsored by Ted’s IGA Supermarket
  • Hospitality bag
  • Awards to top golfers and teams in male, female and mixed categories
  • Team photos to every player

If you would like to join this fun day of golf and friends, please fill out our player registration form and return it to the AHM office by July 10th.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please take a look here.  For more information on this great event, please take a look at our flyer.

STUDENT SUPPORT & MENTAL HEALTH

AHM is dedicated to providing confidential services that are designed to support the social and emotional well being of young people.  Our clinical team is available four days a week providing treatments in a wide variety areas such as:  depression, anxiety, family transition, grief and loss, co-parenting, blended family issues, ADD/ADHD and school problems.  To learn more, please visit our page.

We are also proud to offer student based services in our community schools:  Andover Elementary, Elmer Thienes-Mary Hall Elementary, Gilead Hill Elementary, Hebron Elementary, Horace Porter School, RHAM Middle School and RHAM High School.  An AHM staff member can be found in each school and will assist any student and their family having difficulties during the school year.  For more information and to find staff information for your school, please visit our page.

Below, please take a look at our current support groups and activities happening within the schools and at the AHM building.

Smart Recovery Group

Do you have a loved one who has problems with alcohol, drugs or compulsive behavior?  Attend a Family & Friends Support Meeting to learn how you can develop skills to help you cope and help your loved one choose recovery.  Discover the power of choice.  Call our office at 860-228-9488 to register.  This is a free program with ongoing sessions with group facilitator, Shane Scott, LCSW.

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays starting on February 20, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the AHM building, 25 Pendleton Drive, Hebron.  For more information, please take a look at our flyer.

Smart Recovery Group – Teens

Are you a teen in need of substance abuse recovery?  We can help.  This is a free program for teens ages 16 – 18 with group facilitator, Shane Scott, LCSW.  Groups meet weekly on Saturdays at 11:00 AM, starting on February 17, 2018.  Group includes monthly fun activities, field trips and more.  Sessions are held at the AHM building, 25 Pendleton Drive, Hebron.  Registration is required.  Please call our office at 860-228-9488.  For more information, please take a look at our flyer.

Substance Abuse Counseling

We are very excited to announce the addition of Laura Zeppieri, L.A.D.C. to the AHM family.  Laura is available for substance abuse counseling services at Regional School District 8 and the AHM building.  Please take a look at our press release for more information, or call our office at 860-228-9488 for appointment availability and insurance information.

Opioid Treatment and Services

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has launched a statewide 800 number for residents seeking opioid treatment and services.  Find more information here.

School Resources for Parents

Questions about drugs and alcohol will inevitably come up during the school year as your son or daughter meets different friends, encounters unfamiliar social situations and is exposed to pop culture and media.

To help parents, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has compiled a back to school survival guide to help equip children during this transition.  Please take a look at this important resource.

For resources to talk to your child about the dangers of underage drinking and substance abuse, click here.

“13 Reasons Why”

Please visit the Fox 61 website to read an important article on the new Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why” and how to talk to your teens about this show.

Back to School Tips

Please check out some interesting articles we have pulled together for back to school.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to AHM’s Family Resource Center Announcements.  Please take a look below to find out what is happening in the FRC.  We have wonderful events and programs that are available for all ages.  So check back often!

Make sure to add our FRC on Facebook!  Keep up to date on all of the exciting events and programs we offer.  Click the logo to instantly connect or search “AHM Family Resource Center”.  To take a more in depth look at our programs, please visit our main page.


Semester Registration Information:

  • KinderRHAMa Preschool:  To visit our main KinderRHAMa Preschool page, please go here.  Please find important 2018 -2019 forms and handbooks below:

2018-2019 KinderRHAMa Parent Handbook
2018-2019 KinderRHAMa Forms for Parents
Authorization for the Administration of Medication
Early Childhood Health Assessment Record


  • Parent / Caregiver and Child Play and Learn Groups:Register for our Summer 2018 Play and Learn Groups for children ages birth – 5 and their parents/caregivers.  Summer playgroups will be educational and include fun activities, crafts, socialization time, snacks and circle time.  There will also be information on child development and parenting topics.   Groups will take place on Tuesdays, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7 and 8/14 from 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM and on Wednesdays, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1 and 8/8 with available time slots of 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM or 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM.  All classes will be held at the KinderRHAMa classroom located at RHAM High School.  The fee is $40.00 per family and registration is required.

AHM Family Resource Center Summer 2018 Field Trips

Summer 2018 field trips are for children ages birth – 5 years old and for their parents, caregivers and siblings.  Families meet on site at the location of each field trip.  Any family members and their friends are welcome to attend!

  • July 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Wickham Park, 1329 Middle Turnpike West, Manchester:  Price is $5.00 per car.
  • August 9, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Colchester Splash Pad, 215 Old Hebron Road, Colchester:  There is no cost for this field trip.

For more information, please take a look at our flyer.  To register, please contact Laurie Larsen at LaurieL@ahmyouth.org or Becky Murray at BeckyM@ahmyouth.org.  Or give us a call at 860-228-0871.

PROJECT GRADUATION

The AHM / RHAM 2018 Project Graduation was a huge success!  A wonderful parent volunteer group watched as seniors from the class of 2018 made use of all Star Hill’s athletic field, pool, various activities like; henna tattoos, massages and a psychic.  No one starved as there was plenty of food to go around!

After the students spent hours at Star Hill, AHM Project Graduation Coordinator, Brendan Grimm, started the raffle which was a bit hit this year as many local businesses and parents donated to make this such a special night for graduates.

Over 75 prizes were given away this year, which included an ipad, bluetooth speakers and headphones, and a jar filled with $150.00.  After the raffle, Hypnotist Dan Larosa did an amazing job hypnotizing the students into doing funny routines.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and businesses that assisted with the planning and donations that came in to put on this huge event!  We know that you care about the students and their safety on this very momentous occasion.  AHM could not have done this without you!


Our Paint Night Fundraiser

Please take a look at our Facebook Page to see some great photos and memories from this past year.  Thank you again to all of those who volunteered their time and attended our fundraisers.  It is because of you that we were able to host such a fun and safe night for these deserving graduates.  Best of luck to the RHAM Class of 2018!

Project Graduation is an essential program that we coordinate in partnership with RHAM High School.  Our goal is to provide a safe, entertaining event for all of our high school graduates on the night of their graduation.  Our committee pledges to students, parents and community members to provide an organized, safe, substance free event that is enjoyed by all.  If you are interested in helping with this program, please contact our office at 860-228-9488.

 

COALITION FOR A HEALTHY EMPOWERED COMMUNITY

The former AHM Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Task Force has changed its name to the Coalition for a Healthy Empowered Community, or CHEC.

To read more about this change and to discover more about this Coalition, please visit our main page.  Below, please take a look at our upcoming events / activities.  For more information about the CHEC Coalition, please contact our Project Coordinator, Brendan Grimm, at BrendanG@ahmyouth.org.

2017 National Prevention Week Highlights

During the week of May 14th through May 20th, RHAM Middle School participated in the National Prevention Week, sponsored by the Federal Program called the Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  RALLY, in combination with the AHM CHEC, created a Social Norm Campaign about Marijuana at the school.  To read more about this and to access reading materials, please visit our page.

2016 Community Survey Outcomes

In January – March of 2016, AHM and CHEC conducted a community survey aimed to gather information from adults to better plan and implement alcohol and other drug prevention programs.  Here are the results.

2016 Student Use Survey Presentation

To view the 2016 Student Use Survey Presentation, please continue here.

Drug Fact Sheets and Campaigns

In response to the rise in the misuse of and overdose deaths from prescription drugs and heroin, Connecticut Clearinghouse has partnered with DMHAS in creating five fact sheets utilizing DMHAS, SAMHSA, NIDA and DEA resources:  Drugs of Abuse: Heroin, Facts on Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs, Fentanyl, Reversing an Opioid Overdose with Narcan, Strategies to Prevent Opioid Overdose Death.

Visit the Connecticut Clearinghouse website for additional resources on these and other topics.

Quick Links

news icon 2We have compiled some helpful articles as resources for you to use.  Here you will find national news stories as well as stories featuring AHM in the news.

survey resultsYouth surveys are conducted every two years to ensure we have accurate information.  Reports and survey presentations can be found here.

resources iconResources for teens and families can be found here.  Links are provided for multiple advocacy groups and “tools” to help spread awareness.

resources icon 3Resources for the community can be found here.  Links are provided for community services and other helpful resources.

events iconHere you will find information on current and past events.  We also provide results for such events as our National Take Back Day.

awareness icon 4RALLY information can be found here.  This page highlights the goals of the RALLY group and information on joining.

marijuana awareness iconHere you can access our RALLY Marijuana Awareness Campaign.  Please feel free to distribute these posters as needed.

pills iconExtensive information can be found here on core substances.  We also provide helpful links, tips and tools for your use.