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Monday, March 6th, 2023

We hope you are doing well. You can keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Instagram (@hartford_community_coalition). If you have questions about HCC or anything highlighted in the newsletter, please reach out!

Em, Amie and Kelly
The HCC Team
Last month HCC hosted a Community Conversation at the Hotel Coolidge in WRJ. Fire Chief Scott Cooney and new Police Chief Greg Sheldon talked about substance use and safety in town and answered questions from the audience. Stay tuned for the date, time, and location of our next Community Conversation in early April!

If you would like to read about the event, the VT Digger article can be accessed here.

If you'd prefer to watch the livestream recording, it can be accessed here.
Getting to Y: Hartford Middle School Community Dialogue
On February 8, Hartford Memorial Middle School hosted a Getting to Y Community Dialogue Night to discuss their celebrations and concerns from YRBS data with parents and other adults in the community.

We had a great time and lots of thoughtful discussions around safety, bullying, and suicide/mental health. The students are in the process of deciding on a project to address one or more of these concerns. Stay tuned to see what they decide to work on! 
Understanding Teen/Tween Anxiety and the Coping Skills and Strategies To Manage Our Uncertain World 
Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6:30 – 8:30 
at The Sharon Academy High School with Dr. Lynn Lyons

Does your child feel like they can step out into the world and manage what life throws at them? 
Worry and anxiety are normal and expected parts of learning and growing, but when teens and ‘tweens face challenges cognitively, socially, or emotionally, anxiety can step in and take over. Anxiety can be overwhelming and rigid, but it’s also based on predictable patterns that can be shifted once we learn how it operates.

Based on current research and over 30 years of clinical experience, Lynn Lyons offers guidance for parents and other caregivers that focuses on skill-building, with the goal of improving emotional management, flexibility, connection, and living productively in a social media world.  
Students 13+, parents, guardians, educators, and community members are encouraged to attend this free event! 
More Information and Zoom Link Here
Read the Advisory Here
Advisory: Cannabidiol (CBD) Potential Harms, Side Effects, and Unknowns

SAMHSA has issued a new advisory on “Cannabidiol (CBD) – Potential Harms, Side Effects, and Unknowns”. This advisory introduces readers to cannabidiol (CBD), how it is derived, and how it differs from delta-9 THC and other cannabinoids. The advisory focuses on the risks and harms of CBD, especially those sold over the counter. This advisory also clarifies common misconceptions about CBD, given its broad availability and marketing for several medical conditions despite limited evidence of efficacy. It is critical that the general public be made aware of the potential harms associated with CBD use, and parents, in particular, should be advised to not let their children use non-FDA-approved CBD products.
Senior Solutions Helpline Assistance
The Senior Solutions HelpLine is the easiest, fastest way to connect with Senior Solutions. Their toll-free number is 1-866-673-8376. You can also reach them at 1-802-885-2669.

Their friendly, highly trained staff will listen carefully, answer your questions, and help plan your future. They’ll help you apply for benefits and refer you to invaluable resources.  If you are struggling through a short-term difficulty, they’ll see you through until long-term support arrangements can be made.

The HelpLine is a participating member of the Vermont Aging and Disability Resource Connection, a collaboration among trusted, consumer-centered, nonprofit organizations. Every phone call you make is confidential.

For one-stop shopping for services, call weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Or, after hours, leave a voice message and they’ll get back to you within three working days.

The HelpLine is not an emergency call center. If you need emergency assistance, call 911.
More Information
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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is March 20-26
During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week we will help share facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction in our community.

NDAFW is an annual, week-long health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth.

FREE Programs for Parents
Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Use Treatment & Recovery -
starting March 21, Tuesdays 5:30pm

Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Use Treatment & Recovery -
starting March 31, Fridays 1pm

Nurturing Skills™ for Families -
starting April 14, Fridays 11am

Nurturing Skills for Families Accelerated- starting May 1, Mondays & Tuesdays 11am
Register Here
More Info + Registration

Free Webinar: Shaping Youth Behavior

Operation Parent is so excited that Dr. Crystal Collier is coming back to present with Operation Parent on March 14th and we wanted you to be the first to know that registration is officially open!

Her webinar is called B-Mod: Shaping Youth Behavior and is all about behavior modification. Dr. Collier will explain behavior theories and then provide training for reshaping negative and risky behavior through the use of tools and communication strategies. If you cannot attend live be sure to register anyway for a free recording!

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