AHM Fundraisers & Activities

National Take Back Day

Saturday, October 28th, 10:00 AM – 2:00PM
at RHAM High School

AHM Youth and Family Services FREE collection and safe disposal of unwanted medications.  Communities are concerned about the rise in over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse among teens and contamination of the drinking water.  Drop off your unwanted medications.  Help prevent over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse, keep our youth safe, and protect our environment.  This service is free and anonymous.  No questions asked!  Medication must be in its original containers, with name crossed out.  For questions or more information call 860-228-9488.

 

Student Support and Mental Health Services

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.

Back to School Tips

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

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.

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.

 

Family Resource Center Announcements

Senator Cathy Osten, Representative Gayle Mulligan and FRC Staff Harvest Breakfast Nov 2015!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!

Please check out our FaceBook page “AHM Family Resource Center”.  All of our classrooms are located within the schools.  For more information, please visit our main page.

S.H.A.R.P. Home Alone Program

S.H.A.R.P. (Safe Home Alone Readiness Program) is a four hour program that prepares children to be safe when staying home alone.  Through role playing and hands-on activities, children will learn the basics of fire, medical and personal safety tips.

Children must be ten years old or older to participate.  Students must attend all three classes to receive a certificate of completion.  Classes will be on October 16th, October 23rd and October 30th.  Registration is required.  For more information please take a look at our flyer and registration form.

KinderRHAMa Preschool

Registration:  There are limited openings in our KinderRHAMa Preschool for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Please take a look at our flyer for more information.This collaborative program between AHM Youth and Family Services and RHAM High School is for children ages 2 3/4 – 5 years of age and is held at RHAM High School.  If you would like to visit the classroom or would like more information, please call Becky at 860-228-9488 or Cari and Heather in the classroom at 860-228-5310.  Please take a look below for important 2017-2018 KinderRHAMa forms.

2017-2018 Parent Handbook
2017-2018 KinderRHAMa Preschool Registration Form
Authorization for the Administration of Medication
Early Childhood Health Assessment Record

Parent / Caregiver and Child Play and Learn Groups

Registration:  Registration for the fall semester of Play and Learn Groups will be held on September 6th from 9:30 – 11:00AM at Gilead Hill School.  Play and Learn Groups are for parents and caregivers from Andover, Hebron, Marlborough, or Columbia and children age birth – 5.  Play and Learn Group includes education, fun activities, crafts, socialization, snack and circle time.  Please take a look at our flyer below for more information.

2017 Fall Semester Play and Learn Groups Flyer
2017 Fall Semester Play and Learn Groups Registration Form

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.