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LISA, Inc teams up with Southington Youth Services to tackle teen substance abuse

Research data collected over the past seven years regarding marijuana use in Southington teens established the need for more preventive and intervention methods for local youth.  LISA, Inc. has joined forces with the Southington Youth Services Bureau and the STEPS Coalition to offer a new, comprehensive range of supports to reduce substance abuse in Southington called 1-2-3 Prevention, Intervention and Recovery Program.  STEPS is a Southington based coalition run through the Southington Youth Service Bureau that seeks to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol use among all residents. The multi-agency collaboration, which launched this fall, builds upon the strengths of each individual organization to offer specific programs to increase positive outcomes.  
 
1-2-3 Prevention, Intervention and Recovery Program aims to improve Southington’s capacity to prevent adolescent drug use, intervene early, and offer recovery supports by supporting the families affected by use.   The main components of the 3-part program include:
 
1. New Prevention Strategies for Southington educators to become more knowledgeable on different substances and how to establish an environment that will increase drug resistance skills among students.   
 
2. Implementation of a new Intervention program that will identify substance-using adolescents and offer an evidence-based intervention model through The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 
 
3. Expansion of the Southington’s Hope and Support Group which provide support to parents whose children struggle with addition or who are in recovery. 
 
“The STEPS Coalition has been working hard for the past ten years to make substance abuse prevention a priority and develop relationships within the Southington community,” explained Christina Simms, Director of Southington Youth Services. “We were absolutely thrilled when we were given this unique opportunity to create a partnership with LISA, Inc.. With this new partnership, we are able to continue our work with prevention but also help individuals that may need early intervention with substance abuse and offer support to families coping with a substance abuse addiction of a loved one.”
 
During the first year, it is estimated the 1-2-3 Prevention, Intervention and Recovery Program will reach 92 Southington residents including 50 educators, 18 youth, and 24 adults whose children are using or in recovery.
    
“We are grateful to the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation for awarding this grant to fund this exciting new initiative for Southington,” expressed LISA, Inc. Executive Director Kim Selvaggi.  “Joining forces with the Southington STEPS Coalition to solve this problem is exactly the type of community work that we want to do more of.”
 
    

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