West Springfield CARE Coalition

West Springfield CARE Coalition


Hampden County Sheriff's Department August 20 at 4:30 AM · In 1989 on Laura Chagnon's 26th birthday, she was the victim of a senseless assault in Boston and left for dead in front of a hospital, where she was thrown out of a car. She was brought inside and was in a coma for five weeks. When she awoke, Laura was a quadriplegic, legally blind, and had sustained a head injury. But that's just one of the things that motivate her to tell her story and write poetry, all intended to make the world a better place. She recently stopped by the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow to share her experiences and inspire. These are photos of that visit.
I was blocked and booted out of the west springfield forum for posting a article about what every parent needs to know about teen marijuana use..it was a rebuttal to the articles that everyone else had posted on the advantages of having the 2 stores in town..it never ceases to amaze me how our town still seems to not want to admit that we have a real problem with our school aged children.
This bird has been at our house since Monday; currently up in a tree and he looks distressed. Message me if you are missing him.

Providing prevention & education efforts to address and eliminate underage alcohol & substance use while promoting safe, healthy lifestyle choices.

Mission: Through our collective voices, leadership expertise and resources, we will provide education, intervention and prevention efforts to address and reduce underage alcohol and substance abuse, while promoting safe, healthy lifestyle choices.

Another great day packed full of training at #CADCAMidYear including focuses on policy, marijuana as an emerging drug threat, creative ways to engage the community in data collection and analysis, and emerging data around the impact of substance use on adolescent brain development and what that means for our interventions. CADCA

Day 2 of #CADCAMidYear was packed full of information on evidence-based strategies for community change, capacity building, and emerging substance use trends. We also heard from incredible keynote speakers including RADM Erica Schwartz, Deputy Surgeon General and Debra Houry, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at CDC. CADCA

Great first day of training at #CADCAMidYear virtual conference, with staff and youth leaders attending sessions! CADCA


CARE Coalition Family Survey

docs.google.com Thank you for taking a moment to complete the CARE Coalition Family Survey! The goal of this survey is to collect important information about the impact of COVID-19 on the overall health and wellness of families in West Springfield. We do ask that the household caregiver(s) and kid(s) complete this....


CARE Coalition Family Survey

Spending time at home with your family? Take a moment to complete the CARE Coalition Family Survey! Your responses provide us with important information about how COVID-19 is impacting families in our community and you'll have the chance to win a $25 gift card to a local restaurant!

Town of West Springfield West Springfield Public Schools - MA West Springfield Health Department West Springfield Public Library


docs.google.com Thank you for taking a moment to complete the CARE Coalition Family Survey! The goal of this survey is to collect important information about the impact of COVID-19 on the overall health and wellness of families in West Springfield. We do ask that the household caregiver(s) and kid(s) complete this....

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) does not just affect adults. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2018, an estimated 401,000 adolescents ages 12–17 had AUD. A combination of many different factors impact your risk of developing a substance use disorder. Some of these factors can include, a family history of substance use disorders, beginning substance use at a young age, and early childhood trauma. Early intervention and connection to resources can help protect individuals against these risks.

To learn more about these risk factors visit https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/brain-and-addiction

For more information on alochol use disorder visit https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders


Staying active is good for kids' health, and boosts confidence too.

"Summer is a great time to instill body-healthy habits in your children. Encourage them to get up off the couch and go outside to play. Better yet, go with them and make exercise a fun family activity." While some activities may be off limits this summer due to the pandemic, there are still many options for staying active!


baystatehealth.org Staying active is good for kids' health, and boosts confidence too.

Hear from our local experts on some of the legal consequences of underage drinking, including those issues related to minor in possession, driving under the influence while under the age of 21, and social host law.

To learn more about Massachusetts policies visit: https://alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/underage-drinking/state-profiles/massachusetts/73

For more information on social host law visit: https://www.mass.gov/doc/social-host-law-information-for-parents/download


Assert Your Independence: Say No to Alcohol This July 4th

Don't let alcohol be the center of the celebration this July 4th. Alcohol misuse can lead to unhealthy situations for both teens & adults. Consumption is illegal for those under 21! Stay safe this July 4th!


teens.drugabuse.gov For many Americans, celebrating the Fourth of July includes fireworks, parades, sparklers, and backyard picnics. Alongside the hotdogs and potato salad, though, usually sit bottles of beer. Alcohol is often a part of our cultural celebrations. When someone gets married, we toast the happy couple wit...


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

While our celebrations might look different this year there are still ways to celebrate July 4th safely & in line with the CDC's guidelines for preventing the further spread of COVID-19.

View guidelines for Personal & Social Activities here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html

cdc.gov Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Mayor Will Reichelt

CARE Coalition Newsletter

The West Springfield Record, in their June 18th edition, wrote a great story about recently released CARE Coalition Report (better than my video). Check out that story and click the link below to view the report. For more information, or how to get involved, email our CARE Coalition Coordinator Nikki Lewis at [email protected] #westside



10 Ways Parents Can Help Teens Manage Feelings During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Stop Medicine Abuse

stopmedicineabuse.org Free time is a foreign concept for most parents, especially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We long to have time to relax – time not spent parenting, caretaking, working, cooking or cleaning. But free time is not always liberating. For adolescents, it may lead to feelings of boredom, l...

Our Community Report is now available on our website: https://townofwestspringfield.org/residents/care-coalition/community-report! It includes info on youth health behaviors, tips for families, and local resources!


Dr. Nora Volkow | A Message to Parents

The National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow highlights adolescent brain development & encourages parents to talk with their teens about substance use and its effects on health, specifically on the impacts of teen vaping - both nicotine and other drugs.


The 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) results show a dramatic spike in teen use of vaping - both nicotine and other drugs. The study also casts a shado...

The healthy behaviors youth and young adults develop now, can lead to long, healthy futures as they grow!



Teen Brain Development

NIDA explores why toxic environmental factors like drugs, bullying, or lack of sleep can have such a long-lasting impact on a teenager’s life and can be used to empower teens with information they need make better decisions.



NIDA explores in this video the intriguing similarities between the processes of brain development and computer programming. The analogy helps us understand ...

Partnership to End Addiction

Register here to be part of our FREE, live online gatherings for parents and caregivers who may have children experimenting with, or dependent on, substances: https://bit.ly/osc-sign-up-fb


The secret is out: The tobacco industry targets the vulnerable

WHO global campaign for World No Tobacco Day, 5/31, provides young people with the knowledge to detect industry manipulation and equip them with the tools to stand up against them. To learn more visit: https://who.int/news-room/campaigns/world-no-tobacco-day/world-no-tobacco-day-2020 #TobaccoExposed


For decades, the tobacco industry has deliberately employed strategic, aggressive and well-resourced tactics to attract youth to tobacco and nicotine product...


Know Why — No Menthol Know Why

nomentholknowwhy.org The tobacco and vaping industries have a long history of unfairly targeting specific groups of people with their deadly products, including the black community, the LGBTQ community, and the Latinx community. In response, Massachusetts is updating its tobacco laws -- because everyone should have a fa


Know the Risks of Marijuana

samhsa.gov Marijuana use comes with real risks that can impact a person’s health and life.


"Talk. They Hear You." Application

samhsa.gov Practice talking to your kids about the dangers of alcohol.

Healthy tips from World Health Organization (WHO) for coping with stress! For more resources visit: https://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/links/covid-19-mncah-resources-adolescents-and-youth/en/


ABCs of Quarantine - Attention, Balance, Connection - Minding Your Mind

mindingyourmind.org Parenting K-5 Children During COVID-19 - Join us for a virtual program Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:30-7:30pm


It is legal in some places. Yet marijuana is harmful and addictive. Talk it through with your kids: http://bit.ly/2Ib4yTs


Mental Illness and Substance Use in Young Adults

samhsa.gov Millions of young adults are living with a mental or substance use disorder and many either do not realize they have one or are not paying attention to the signs and not seeking help. In fact, of the 8.9 million young adults who reported having a mental illness in 2018, more than 2 in 5 went untreat...


Now, more than ever, it is important to take care of your mental and behavioral health.

For tips on social distancing, quarantine, isolation and taking care of your behavioral health during COVID-19, visit https://bit.ly/2Xz3CP0



COVID-19 | Five Things About Staying Mentally Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

"In the midst of the battle against COVID-19 it’s understandable that many Americans may experience heightened distress or anxiety, affecting our thoughts and emotions.

Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, offers five steps you can follow to maintain your mental health and well-being during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the confidential, toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Lifeline Chat service is also available at

Find more mental health information at http://www.nimh.nih.gov, and find the latest on COVID-19 at http://www.CDC.gov/COVID19." #NPW2020


In the midst of the battle against the novel #coronavirus (#COVID19), it’s understandable that many Americans may experience heightened distress or anxiety, ...


How Adults Can Support Adolescent Mental Health

Today's #NPW2020 focus is suicide prevention and with May #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth it's the perfect time to think about how we can take care of our own mental health & support the mental health of those we care about. For information about how adults can support adolescent mental health visit: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/mental-health/how-adults-can-support-adolescent-mental-health/index.html

hhs.gov Caring adults can do a lot to promote adolescent mental health, including clinical preventive services, crisis intervention, and educational accommodations.


CARE Connection - Tobacco Cessation Resources

Quitting vapes or other tobacco/nicotine products is hard, but cessation resources have been created, specifically for youth and young adults, to ensure that individuals get the support they need. View this segment of CARE Connection with Sara Moriarty, Director of the Hampden County Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, to learn more!

For additional cessation resources go to our website: https://www.townofwestspringfield.org/residents/care-coalition/parents-family/vaping/vaping-cessation-resources



Vapes and Cigarettes: Get the Facts

Nicotine, found in cigarettes, many e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products can harm your brain, including your memory, ability to learn, as well as significantly increase your risk of addiction when used before the age of 25. #NPW2020 https://youtu.be/ZF8gSymv8SE

Learn more at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/vapes-and-cigarettes#get-the-facts-about-vaping-

Visit www.Mass.gov/vaping

Today's #NPW2020 focus is Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (Including E-Cigarettes and Vaping). Methods of tobacco use are quickly and constantly changing, making it even harder to identify products & signs of use. To help, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has created a complete guide with information and guidance on how to prevent and address vaping with your kids. Download the guide for free and view their website for even more resources: https://drugfree.org/article/how-to-talk-with-your-kids-about-vaping/


Driving under the influence isn't just a concern for alcohol use. The risk of being in a car accident doubles after using marijuana. Marijuana affects skills required for safe driving including, alertness, concentration, coordination, and reaction time, so it is never safe to drive while under the influence of marijuana or with someone who has been using marijuana. Marijuana makes it hard to judge distances and react to signals and sounds on the road. Combining marijuana with drinking even a small amount of alcohol greatly increases driving danger, more than either drug alone.#NPW2020

For more information visit: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/what-drugged-driving


More About Marijuana - Youth Prevention

Marijuana can be consumed in many different forms such as smoking, vaping, and edibles. These many methods can make marijuana use difficult to detect. Some steps parents and caregivers can take include: staying informed about marijuana and it's impacts on health, knowing how to identify signs of use, beginning and continuing the conversation about substance use, and establishing clear rules and expectations.
Parents and caregivers can have a big influence on whether or not kids use marijuana. For more information and resources visit: https://moreaboutmj.org/marijuana-safety/marijuana-parents-talking-tips/


#MoreAboutMJ Learn more at MoreAboutMJ.org

Today's National Prevention Week focus is Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use. Follow along as we share information and provide tips & resources to prevent youth use. For more information visit: http://teens.drugabuse.gov. #NPW2020


Setting a Positive Example

In this segment of the CARE Coalition's Communities Talk event, our local expert panel reminds us how important it is to be aware the example we set for the youth and young adults in our life, not only when it comes to substance use, such as alcohol consumption, but also how we cope with stress and build relationships. This is one of the many reasons it's so important to develop healthy behaviors for our own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of those who look up to us.

For more tips on answering your child's tough questions visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/parent-resources/answering-your-childs-tough-questions

West Springfield CARE Coalition


Through our collective voices, leadership expertise and resources, we will provide education and prevention efforts to address and eliminate underage alcohol and substance use and promote safe, healthy lifestyle choices.

What is a Community Coalition?

Community coalitions work together to make their communities better. Coalitions are diverse and made up of:

  • Youth

  • Parents

  • Businesses

  • Media

  • Schools

  • Youth serving organizations

  • Local law enforcement

  • Religious organizations

  • Volunteer groups

  • Healthcare professionals

  • State agencies
  • Read more about community coalitions fighting substance use from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).


    We are committed to developing and implementing educational initiatives and strategies to reduce teen alcohol and substance abuse, while enlisting community support to create a culture of accountability and responsibility. This is our shared responsibility we CARE.

    The coalition’s efforts will be focused on creating change, launching a carefully­ crafted media campaign, offering community forums and parent/family programs on underage alcohol and substance abuse, and collecting data from youth and parents to increase our effectiveness.


    The CARE Coalition is comprised of individuals from all sectors of the community, including municipal, school, youth, law enforcement, business, civic, health care, faith, youth, and social service agencies, local government, media, and parents.

    Everyone in the community -­­ including young adults, parents, educators, professionals and people who live, work of attend school in West Springfield - plays an integral role in making West Springfield safer, healthier, and drug-free.

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    Videos (show all)

    Setting a Positive Example
    The Importance of a Minimum Drinking Age
    Communities Talk Segment: The Dangers of Underage Drinking
    Operation Prevention Video Challenge





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    West Springfield, MA

    General information

    The CARE Coalition is comprised of individuals from all sectors of the community, including municipal, school, youth, law enforcement, business, civic, health care, faith, youth, and social service agencies, local government, media, and parents. Everyone in the community -­­ including young adults, parents, educators, professionals and people who live, work of attend school in West Springfield - plays an integral role in making West Springfield safer, healthier, and drug-free.

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