Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse is a coalition of volunteers and a bare-bones staff that endeavor to help communities, families and individuals increase the positive attributes that stave off the harmful effects of alcohol tobacco and other drug use. HVCASA provides a variety of services to the community including:
- Assessment of substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment needs at the local level. We establish priorities, plan, and implement science-based strategies to improve the quality of health in all of our communities.
- HVCASA offers technical assistance in the form of coalition building, capacity building and strategic planning to 12 Local Prevention Councils which cover all twenty-two towns across our region. We provide access to relevant research and help local prevention councils to share resources.
- Over the years, we have incorporated behavioral health, including mental health promotion targeted at young people. We coordinate Mental Health First Aid and other multi-day trainings. HVCASA staff provide suicide prevention training for a variety of different group, including youth.
- We promote The Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets and provide Positive Discipline parenting classes.
- Our services include: survey administration, asset- mapping, community wide presentations of survey findings, alcohol server training(TIPS), upstander programs for college and high school students (Red Watch Band), and Drug Endangered Child programs, among others.
- Each year, HVCASA committees host a Holiday Open House highlighting local and statewide prevention and treatment resources, a Legislative Breakfast, a Parent Awareness Workshop and a variety of other programs which address current and emerging trends.
Our service area includes: Brookfield, Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Ridgefield, Redding, Bridgewater, Washington, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren, Morris, Goshen, Canaan, North Canaan, Salisbury, Kent, Cornwall, Sharon, and Litchfield.
Here at HVCASA we deliver our services through the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), a data driven, evidence based prevention model developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The SPF requires States and communities to systematically:
- Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data.
- Build their prevention capacity.
- Develop a strategic plan.
- Implement effective community prevention programs, policies and practices, and
- Evaluate their efforts for outcomes.
For more information visit Strategic Prevention Framework.