Resources for the Community

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):  The agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator:  An online source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.  SAMHSA’s National Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889.
  • CADCA:  The premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free.
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP):  This effort includes a renewed emphasis on community-based prevention programs, early intervention programs in healthcare settings, aligning criminal justice policies and public health systems to divert non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail, funding scientific research on drug use, and, through the Affordable Care Act, expanding access to substance abuse treatment.
  • The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS):  Promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut.
  • Smart Moves, Smart Choices:  A national awareness program designed to inform parents, teens and educators about the risks of teen prescription drug abuse and misuse, and to empower them to address this serious problem.
  • How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age:  The adolescent brain is much more vulnerable to addiction.  90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18.  These are tips for talking and guiding your child through the ages of 2 through 25.