Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse (HVCASA) is a coalition of volunteers, citizens, and prevention professionals dedicated to developing and coordinating services that reduce the harmful effects of substance abuse and addiction on individuals, families, and children living and working in the twenty-two towns that comprise the Northwest corner of Connecticut. HVCASA facilitates the efficient use of monies by linking local services, and ensures sustainability by utilizing local resources and community partners in our efforts to create a drug-free community.
Youth and families are resilient, and communities are safe and drug-free in the 22 towns of the Housatonic Valley Region.
Collaboration, Respect, Cultural Competence, Efficiency, Timeliness, Strategic Prevention Framework.
Our Expanded Service Area - Exciting New Opportunities
In order to maximize resources and improve integration related to mental health and substance use program planning, training, advocacy and resource development, DMHAS reorganized the Regional Mental Health Boards (RMHBs) and Regional Action Councils (RACs). In February 2018, five Regional Behavioral Health Action Organizations (RBHAOs) were awarded through a competitive Request for Proposal Process.
The RBHAOs will continue to perform the statutory functions of the RMHBs and the RACs as strategic community partners who will work across the behavioral healthcare continuum. Each RBHAO will be responsible for a range of planning, education, and advocacy of behavioral health needs and services for children and adults within one of DMHAS’ Uniform Regions.
Assess the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents and adults across the regions
Develop Regional Strategic Plans to include priority recommendations for prevention, treatment and recovery services
Administer the Local Prevention Council (LPC) grants to municipalities to stimulate the development and implementation of prevention activities
Build the capacity of local communities to understand and address problem gambling
Raise awareness and provide advocacy to the general public related to mental health promotion and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.
Leverage funds to support prevention, treatment and recovery activities across each region.
Maintain the statutory requirements for meetings and membership for the organization
Serve on local, regional and statewide advisory and planning bodies.