Local Pharmacies Help Advertise the Medication Drop Box

Our coalition recently partnered with Beacon and Plantsville Pharmacy to advertise the Medication Drop Box that is located in the lobby of the Southington Police Department. The Medication Drop Box was installed in October of 2012, with help from the Southington Police Department and the Town of Southington, for residents to dispose their unused medication 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More »

Good Deeds Week is Almost Here!

Good Deeds Week is just around the corner!  During the week of April 3-9, 2017, the Southington community will come together in an effort to promote the asset of positive peer influence and make Southington an even better place to live!  

Take a look at our community partners that have already pledged to Do Good!

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Local Merchants Help Prevent Underage Drinking

Over the next few weeks, STEPS Advisory Board Members will be visiting local merchants to distribute counter mats to display in their businesses. The counter mats exhibit the STEPS logo and that the business will not distribute alcohol to teens.  By partnering with STEPS and the Southington Police Department, these community stakeholders are able to play a part in helping prevent underage drinking and making substance abuse prevention a priority in the Southington community!  Thanks to the coalition in Stratford for the GREAT idea!  More »

STEPS Youth Council New PSA

By Julia Brilla, Catherine Myers and Carson Stifel (STEPS Youth Council Members)

 

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Good Deeds Week is Coming Back to Southington!

Join us and celebrate Good Deeds Week! Are you IN?

When: April 3rd to April 9th

How: Post pictures of your Good Deeds on the Southington STEPS Facebook page or email them to southingtonsteps@gmail.com. We will show the community through pictures all of the Good Deeds that happen everyday here in Southington.

Why: Good Deeds Week is an effort to promote the asset of positive peer influence and make Southington an even better place to live! More »

STEPS Meets with Speaker of the House

On Monday, March 6, 2017, members from the STEPS Coalition went to Hartford to meet with the Speaker of the House, Joe Aresimowicz, on issues youth are facing here in the state.  A special thank you to Joe for taking the time to meet with us! 

Pictured from left to right: Christina Simms (Director of Southington Youth Services), Victoria Triano (Southington Town Council), Joe Aresimowicz (Speaker of the House), Chris Palmieri (Southington Town Council), Kelly Leppard (STEPS Coalition)

Dangers of Tobacco Use

Dangers of Tobacco Use

Facts and Statistics

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States.

8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking.

On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. More »

Upcoming Event: Faith Forum for Congregations

You are Invited to Attend:
The STEPS Faith Forum
For Congregations

Upcoming Event: What Every Parent Should Know

This presentation will help families to understand current drug trends, prevention efforts and agencies that can help with substance abuse. Guest speakers will include Brian Stranieri Southington High Principal, Chris Bartolotta from the State Police, Pat Rehmer Sr. Vice President of Hartford Healthcare, Kevin Naranjo Southington Police Officer, and Kelly Leppard Prevention Specialist with STEPS.
The presentation is aimed to educate parents and guardians on the following:
 
• How you can prevent youth substance abuse
 

Lunch & Learn with the Clergy Sector

The Southington Clergy Association, STEPS and the Southington Police Department hosted a 'Lunch & Learn' for members of the clergy sector on Tuesday, February 28th at Southington Care Center.  The topic was on current drug and alcohol trends, including the current opioid crisis facing our state and nation.  

Presenters included Pat Rehmer from Hartford Healthcare, Deputy Chief William Palmieri from the Southington Police Department and Kelly Leppard from STEPS. More »