Welcome to AHM’s Prevention Programs!

Prevention at AHM Youth & Family Services is defined as a multifaceted approach that allows for teens and adults to work towards the goal of decreasing the use of alcohol, substances and use of vapes within the RHAM Community.

AHM provides opportunities to RHAM Middle and High School Students, parents and the community to get involved in positive change efforts to help move our mission forward.

Coffee With a Cop!

Come join us for Coffee With a Cop on Wednesday, June 22nd from 9-11am at Marlborough Country Bakery at 8 Independence Drive, Marlborough.

Parents, children and residents of ages are invited to have an informal conversation to get to know our police officers a little better. No agenda, No schedule. Just drop in and say, ‘Hi!’ to Marlborough’s own Officer Bernier and Officer Kehoe!

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National Take-Back Event 2022!

As in years past, AHM Youth and Family Services, through the CHEC Coalition and the Connecticut State Police once again hosted the annual Take Back Event.

This year two sites were set up, one in Marlborough and one at RHAM High School. The Take Back Event was held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10-2 PM.

Between the two collection sites, 215 pounds were collected, (164 pounds at RHAM High School and an additional 51 pounds at the Marlborough Fire Station #2). A total of 74 CT. residents, (45 at RHAM and 29 at Marlborough) participated in the Take-Back event. Of the total number of participants, 8% came from Andover, 37% from Hebron, 38% from Marlborough, 5% from Columbia, and 11% from other neighboring towns.

According to Jennifer Boehler, AHM’s Prevention Coordinator: “each fall and spring, AHM’s CHEC Coalition and the CT. State Police, along with support from RHAM, and Andover, Hebron, Marlborough K-12 schools all help promote this important community gathering. This day is organized nationally by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.” Read More!

Parent Education Series!

AHM CHEC Coalition invites parents with children in elementary through high school to our Spring Parent Education Series. AHM Youth and Family Services is providing these presentations because of the many requests from our parents.  Come and learn so you will know what to talk to your children about. AHM will share data points from the 2020 Youth Voices Count Survey results and the activity prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now more than ever we need educated parents to know how to talk with their children about the temptation of substances and how to identify possible use.

Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

Date: May 12th,  6 -7 PM

Rob Picone is a graduate of the UCONN School of Pharmacy and has been a licensed Pharmacist for more than 25 years with clinical interests and expertise in substance use disorders and endocrinology, including especially Type 1 Diabetes having worked clinically both in in-patient and out-patient settings.  He is currently the Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Pharmacist Association and has presided over and sat of their Board of Directors for the past seven years.  In addition to his clinical experience, Rob holds a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology also from the University of Connecticut where he worked to elucidate the mechanisms by which marijuana interacts with its site of action in the brain.  For the past 15 years, Rob has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in various Medical Affairs capacities including clinical trial support in the development of medications for diabetes as well as addiction.  Currently, he is a Field Medical Scientist at Provention Bio, a clinical stage biotechnology start-up focusing on curing and/or delaying autoimmune diseases especially Type 1 Diabetes.

The Paraphernalia Project: How Signs of Drug Use Can Be In Plain Sight

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Ana Gopian, Executive Director of TriCircle Inc., founded the organization in July 2016. She has been in recovery from substance abuse since 1995 and has also had family members who struggled with it. Ana’s life mission is to share her knowledge with parents about current trends and ways to hid paraphernalia in plain sight. In addition to speaking engagements, Ana, coordinates the following groups: “Hope & Support” that provide a safe and confidential space for parents guardians and others who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use or addiction. Families are encouraged to utilize these services at no cost and “Hope After Loss” which gives a place where everyone understands. There is no judgement or blame but rather support and understanding.

Vaping and the Risks of Using

Date: April 28th, 6 – 7 PM

Victoria Adams, M.Ed, NCTTP, is the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator at Southern Connecticut State University. She holds a National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice and is a trained tobacco treatment specialist trainer from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training. She provides tobacco prevention, cessation and policy work support to community organizations, schools and colleges throughout the state. She coordinates a Youth MATCH Coalition group which aims to reduce tobacco use among youth in the state. In addition, she provides tobacco cessation care to all members at SCSU. Victoria’s work is grant funded by the CT DPH and CDC.

Risks of Using Presentation

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Past Events!

National Take-Back Day!

Thank you to RHAM High School for hosting the October 23rd event.  It was a smashing success with 380 pounds of medications being donated from the RHAM community and beyond.  A great showing of volunteers from RHAM High School, the AHM CHEC Coalition, CT State Police Troop K, SOAR Youth Group and AHM Board Members that made this event run smoothly!

Read more about National Take-Back Day!

Coffee With a Cop!

Thank you to Gina Marie’s for hosting Coffee With A Cop on Wednesday, October 20th.   Community members had an opportunity to meet Hebron’s newest resident Trooper, Officer Bryce Reed.  Many thanks for the Troop K officers who came out in force to support this community event that allows for frank conversations between residents and law enforcement!

2020 Events

Sticker Shock Campaign

Members of AHM’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition (CHEC), and teens from the RHAM/AHM Youth Group RALLY partnered with Hebron Wine and Spirits last week, to do a Sticker Shock Campaign. The campaign is meant to remind customers during the holiday season, that providing alcohol to minors is a crime. Hebron Wine and Spirits Manager Chantelle stated “This is just a way for us to give back to the community in a simple way….and it can keep kids safe”. A lot of alcohol used by teens, is obtained through older, legal- aged friends. Teens and CHEC members spent a couple hours putting stickers on almost all alcohol products in the store, particularly the products which are more likely to be consumed by underage drinkers. These could include drinks such as: fruity liquors, twisted teas, beer, alcoholic ice pops, and others.

Five youth participated, with two CHEC members. AHM Prevention Coordinator Brendan Grimm said “It is important to continually send the message to parents that underage drinking is a risky behavior, so decreasing access to alcohol for teens is a huge step in seeing a decrease in use.” This campaign coincides with a related campaign, called the Social Host Campaign, for which signs are up outside at RHAM, at the intersection of 85 and 66, and on the green in Marlborough. This campaign informs parents that allowing an underage drinking party is illegal, and can have serious legal consequences, among others.

Our October Take-Back Event was a great success!

On Saturday, October 24th 2020, The CT State Police and AHM once again teamed up this year to host the semi-annual Take Back event, in partnership with the National DEA. Through the efforts of the CHEC Coalition, a new record was set this year with 281 pounds of medications taken in for safe disposal! This event aims to remove prescription pills from the community and to decrease drug misuse, and abuse. The safe disposal of medications is also an environmentally friendly way to rid households of unwanted medications. Many households have medications that are accessible to children, teens, and other adults, posing a risk of first-time use of a drug, addiction, and/or overdose.

The Takeback Event at RHAM High School has helped dispose of just under 2300 pounds of prescriptions in the past 7 years. Special thanks to Regional School District #8 Superintendent Scott Leslie, his staff and the RHAM Board of Education for once again providing the site for this local Take Back event, which each year brings residents from across the towns of Andover, Columbia, Hebron, Marlborough, and beyond to participate.

A year round drop off box is made available regionally to our communities according to Hebron Resident Trooper Dan Greenwood, who helped coordinate the Take Back event. The drop box is located at the Hebron Public Safety Complex on Route 66 in Hebron. No needles or sharps are accepted, but all other prescription and over the counter medications are accepted.

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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