Neighborhood Initiatives


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  • Devil's Den @ 10pm has an average of 180 students attending each Thursday

  • Implementing a social norms campaign

  • Testified at the state legislature on the ban of synthetic marijuana

  • Choices classes to further alcohol education to students

  • "Programs on the GO" program

  • Developed programs on prescription drug abuse and marijuana


2011 SAAC Prevention Award Recipients 
CCSU Sgt Jerry Erwin, Community Engagement Award 
New Britain Sgt Michael Baden, Community Partner Award

CMHA's Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC) Director Aisha Hamid (center) with (from left) Community Partner awardees Amy Hanoian-Fontana of the CT Poison Control Center and Sergeant Mike Baden of the New Britain Police Department; Youth Education awardees Officer Ray Buthe and Southington High School teacher Daniel Hart; Community Engagement awardeeSergeant Jerry Erwin of CCSU, and Community Awareness and Education awardee Kevin Pettit of the McCall Foundation. The awards were presented at CMHA's Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC) Annual Meeting of the Full Council in New Britain on March 16, 2011.

"Outstanding Creativity in Alcohol Abuse and Impaired Driving Prevention"

The BACCHUS Network
BACCHUS General Assembly, November 2009

CCSU Natural Helpers Carmine Civale, Advisor Stephanie Moran, Rachel Cirinna, Joel Weisel, Tim Walczak, Advisor Meagen Wentz.

"Police-Community Partnerships"

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services-SPF Learning Community
June 2009

"Innovative Police-Community Partnership in Preventing Underage Drinking"

The Governor's Prevention Partnership - 12th Annual Law Enforcement Conference 
June 2009

"On-Going Commitment to Reducing Underage Drinking"

The Governor's Prevention Initiative for Connecticut State Universities