A New Partnership with Lisa, Inc.!

STEPS & Southington Youth Services are proud to partner with Lisa, Inc. to expand ways to make substance abuse prevention a priority here in Southington!



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1-2-3 Prevention, Intervention and Recovery Program Targets Town Teens

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窶冱
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

  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窶冱 Hope and Support Group which provide support to
    parents whose children struggle with addition or who are in recovery.

窶弋he 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,窶
explained Christina Simms, Director of Southington Youth Services. 窶弩e 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.窶

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.

窶弩e are grateful to the Bradley Henry Barnes &ツLeila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust at
the Main Street Community Foundation for awarding this grant to fund this exciting new
initiative for Southington,窶 expressed LISA, Inc. Executive Director Kim Selvaggi. 窶廱oining
forces with the Southington STEPS Coalition to solve this problem is exactly the type of
community work that we want to do more of.窶
The mission of LISA, Inc. is to provide safe, supportive, empowering programs and services
for vulnerable young people that facilitate healthy development, supportive relations, positive
social and cultural experiences, exploration of spirituality, academic and vocational success and
the development of meaningful life skills. LISA, Inc. is proud to have served Connecticut youth
for over 40 years.