Substance Abuse Prevention Council
Youth Services Bureau Coordinator, Justin Carbonella, serves as the co-chair along with Rushford’s Prevention Professional, Erica Skoutas, for our community's Local Prevention Council. Local Prevention Councils (LPCs) are conceived as being advisory and coordinative in nature and reflective of each community's culturally rich diversity. It is expected that each community coalition demonstrate an understanding of the value of representation reflecting it’s racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, disability, language, social, political, and economic diversity.
It is strongly suggested that LPCs include representation from professionals working within the Prevention field and specifically focused in ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug) abuse prevention and mental health. Community sector involvement is crucial in collaborative efforts and sector representation includes involvement from Youth, Parents, Business, Media, Schools, Youth-serving Organizations, Law Enforcement, Volunteer Organizations, Religious and Fraternal Organizations, Healthcare Professionals, State and Local Government, and Substance Abuse Organizations.
A major goal of the LPC is to enhance and facilitate local involvement in the development and implementation of primary prevention activities that focus on the reduction and prevention of substance use and its related problems, by promoting positive growth and healthy lifestyles on all stages of human development, with a primary focus on youth.
Additionally, prevention seeks to alter the environment of the individual so that ATOD abuse will not occur, thereby reducing the numbers of individuals who will experience negative consequences from use of ATOD. The Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Council is designed to support the collaboration of community sectors, to increase public awareness of the risks associated with substance use, to provide community educational forums, to support ongoing prevention programs such as peer leadership groups, and to provide substance-free activities to our youth.
For more information please contact:
Justin Carbonella / Youth Services Coordinator / Justin.Carbonella@MiddletownCT.gov / 860-854-6030
Erica Skoutas / Prevention Professional, Rushford / Erica.Skoutas@hhchealth.org / 860-852-1080