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 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 »

STEPS at the Healthy Family Fun Fest

On Sunday, February 26th, STEPS staff members headed out to the Healthy Family Fun Fest at the Aqua Turf. We attended in hopes of spreading the word about the hard work that we are doing in our community and educating families on substance abuse.

We set up a table with our new, brightly colored STEPS logo table cloth and our brand-new Wheel!  As the crowds started to pour in, many families were allured to our lively table and the huge wheel that they could spin. More »

STEPS Youth Committee Meets with Bread for Life

Members from the STEPS Youth Committee met with Donna Ayer, the Director of Southington's Bread for Life, to learn about what Bread for Life does for residents here in our community.  The students are excited about their new partnership and the upcoming opportunities to volunteer in the Southington community!

If you would like to start volunteering with the STEPS Youth Committee, email us today at! 

Meet Kiana, Our Intern at STEPS!

Meet Kiana McDavid, the STEPS intern for the Spring semester!  Kiana is in her Senior year at Southern Connecticut State University. Kiana joins STEPS in making substance abuse prevention a priority in the Southington community. She has been busy learning about prevention and implementation strategies. The Southington resident be graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Public Health in May 2017. Next on Kiana's 'to-do' list is to obtain her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the Fall of 2018. More »

The Negative Impacts of Marijuana


USJ APhA-ASP Generation Rx is comprised of a group of pharmacy students from the University of Saint Joseph who believe educating the public about prescription and OTC drug abuse/misuse is extremely important.  In this newsletter, we hope to share important facts about this issue while helping you and the ones you love become more aware and educated about prescription and OTC drug abuse/misuse.

The Negative Impacts of Marijuana More »