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.


Substance Abuse Panel Discussion

May 29, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Horace W. Porter School, 3 Schoolhouse Road, Columbia
Join us to hear the courageous, heartfelt and compelling stories of people with lived experience about how substance use impacted their lives.  This discussion will present ways to effectively talk with young people about their substance use and how to get help and support.  Dinner will be provided and registration is required.  Please call Cheri Rivard-Lentz to register (860-228-9493, press option 6, ext. 179).  Please take a look at our flyer for more information.

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:  (Rescheduled due to weather)  We will be holding an Open House/Registration for the 2018 – 2019 school year on March 27, 2018 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  Registration will take place in the KinderRHAMa classroom at RHAM High School.  To learn more about registration and our program, please visit our main page.  Also, take a look at our registration flyer.  We have also provided our 2017-2018 Parent Handbook for your reference.

  • 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 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.  Please fill out your registration form and return it to AHM by June 24th.  For more information, please take a look at our flyer.

UCONN Animal Barns and Dairy Bar

May 16, 2018, 10:00 AM – Meet at the parking lot past the horse barn arena on Horsebarn Hill Road
Come stroll the scenic UCONN agricultural area; see cows and calves, horse and sheep.  Finish your trip with some delicious ice cream from the dairy bar!  Barns are free to visit, please bring money for the dairy bar.  Register by emailing Laurie at LaurieL@ahmyouth.org.  For more information, please see our flyer.

Pot Luck Family Picnic

May 29, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Veterans Memorial Park, Hebron
Come celebrate the end of the school year with friends from the AHM Family Resource Center!  Bring your favorite picnic food.  Sign up can be found in the Play & Learn group or Preschool Classroom.  For questions, please contact Becky at BeckyM@ahmyouth.org or take a look at our flyer.

PROJECT GRADUATION

This year’s 2018 Project Graduation event will be held at Star Hill in Tolland.  For over 25 years, AHM has been hosting this drug and alcohol-free environment for the graduating class to share their final high school moments and memories together.  Parents and community members have the peace of mind knowing that this night of celebration will not be a reckless one.

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The RHAM Project Graduation event occurs the evening of graduation from approximately 9:00 PM until 5:15 AM.  After students receive their diplomas, many go home for some time with family and then return to the high school at 8:45 PM to begin a night of safe fun with their class.

For more information, please visit our main page.  Below, we have also provided quick links for Project Graduation forms.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at 860-228-9488.

Current and Upcoming Project Graduation Fundraisers:

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.