AHM Fundraisers & Activities

National Prescription Drug Take Back Event

Since 2011, AHM has organized the annual Drug Take Back event, held at RHAM High School. These efforts have, and continue to help safely dispose of hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription medications. This event is being organized in partnership between AHM Coalition for a Healthy Empowered Community (CHEC), the Federal DEA, Connecticut State Police Troop K, Regional School District #8, Andover, Columbia, Hebron, and Marlborough Elementary Schools, and ERASE.

This year we will be collecting unwanted and expired prescription medications on April 29th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at RHAM High School (rain or shine).  Please take a look at our flyer for more information.

Designer Bag Bingo!

On Friday, April 28th please join us and the Hebron Mom’s Club at Horizons in South Windham for a chance to win some designer bags while playing Bingo!  All proceeds benefit AHM Youth and Family Services.  Tickets can be purchased at AHM or Ted’s IGA in Hebron, as well as on the Hebron Mom’s Club website.  To learn more about this fun night, please visit the Hebron Mom’s Club website.

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 program pages below.  Also, take a look at our 2016-2017 Winter Newsletter for a preview of upcoming events and programs.

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.

Parent / Caregiver and Child Play and Learn Groups

Registration:  Spring Session will be held from 1/3/2017 – 6/2/2017.  These groups are for parents and caregivers from Andover, Hebron, Marlborough or Columbia and children age birth to 5 years old.  These groups include education, fun activities, crafts, socialization, snack and circle time for 1 hour and 15 minutes, once a week.  All groups are multi-age and take place on Monday, Thursday and Fridays in the FRC classroom at Gilead Hill School.

Please call Laurie at 860-228-0871 or LaurieL@ahmyouth.org for more information.

Social / Recreational Activities

Family Pot Luck Picnic and Ice Cream Social:  Come help us celebrate 18 years of the AHM Family Resource Center and 10+ years of KinderRHAMa Preschool.  All families (past, present and future) are invited to this fun night at Veterans Park in Hebron from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Rain date is set for May 25th.  Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on and a dish to share.  Please RSVP to Becky at 860-228-9488 or at BeckyM@ahmyouth.org.

Children Workshops

Home Alone Program:  For Children Ages 10+:  This four hour program prepares children to be safe when staying home alone by providing valuable information.  Through role playing and hands-on activities, children will learn the basics of fire, medical and personal safety tips.  Students who attend all three classes will receive a Certificate of Completion.

The program will be held at the AHM building on Thursdays, April 27th and May 4th from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM and on May 11th from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Graduation will be held on May 11th with the required attendance of a parent.  The cost is $40.00 per child including materials, payable to AHM Youth and Family Services.  Please register by calling Becky at 860-228-9488 and returning the registration form to AHM Youth and Family Services, 25 Pendleton Drive, Hebron, CT 06248.

Parent Workshops

Encouraging Positive Behavior in Young Children:  Due to snow dates, we have had to reschedule the two remaining classes of this workshop.  The new dates are Tuesday, April 4th and Tuesday, April 25th.  Both classes are from 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM in the classroom adjacent to KinderRHAMa.  Please take a look at our flyer for more information.

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.

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.

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.

Student Services & 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.

Back to School Resources

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.

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.