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Since 1986 a local group known as the AHM Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Task Force have worked together to minimize the impact of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the regional community.  Today our efforts are increased to incorporate community wellness with an emphasis on helping to keep youth drug free.  Our former task force is now called the Coalition for a Healthy Empowered Community, or CHEC.

Through the efforts of the CHEC Coalition, AHM was awarded a federal grant, one of fewer than 200 nationwide communities to help combat local underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and the prevention of marijuana use.  The grant award, which is for five consecutive years, is funded through the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Drug Free Communities Support Program.

Free Virtual Opioid Abuse Prevention Presentation!

Join us for a free virtual Opiod Abuse Prevention Presentation on Monday, August 24th from 6-7:30pm. This engaging presentation will be facilitated by Rob Picone; Pharmacist, CHEC member, and President-elect of the Connecticut Pharmacist Association. In this presentation, the topics below will be discussed, and there will be breakout groups. There will be time for questions at the end.

  • Why people misuse opioids & the latest information from CT
  • Preventing first exposure; use
  • Neuroscience of Addiction: A Brain Disease
  • Neuroscience: The Reward Pathway
  • Opioid use during COVID

Contact Brendan Grimm to register! Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

FREE Narcan & QPR Training!

Contact Brendan Grimm, AHM’s Prevention Coordinator for registration at BrendanG@ahmyouth.org!

Suicide Prevention

Through a partnership with the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), AHM clinical staff members will be introducing the 4 What’s Next program to high school students. 4 What’s Next is a program that builds psychological resiliency in high school students by giving them the tools to handle stress and distress now and in their future. The core of the program is the 4 What’s Next Framework, which teaches students how to effectively handle distress by “reaching in” and utilizing independent coping strategies, “reaching out” by seeking and accepting help outside of themselves, or a combination of the two. This process is followed by an assessment of how well their chosen coping method is working and encourages them to reevaluate if needed. This program is made possible through the Jordan Porco Foundation and the Benny Fund.

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