Community Connections Resource Fair

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   March 28, 2019

Parents and community members are invited to attend and gather important information on issues affecting our teens and pre-teens. Stop in and visit over 18 exhibitors and stay for two break-out sessions on vaping and communicating with our youth. See below for more information.

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Prescription Drug Take Back  - Bring your old and unused prescription drugs to the Ellington Resident State Troopers exhibitor booth. No syringes or illegal drugs. Please keep in original containers and block out name. Other informational resources will be available at their table.

Handle with Care. Prescription Drug Safety.

Susan Graham2Susan Graham, MSW, MA - Break-out Session @7:00pm             Let's Start the Conversation: DISCovering Communication & Connection. It's no secret! If you can communicate and connect with youth, one-on-one or in a group, your ability to guide and influence their behavior skyrockets. Parents who can communicate and connect with their teens have better relationships and experience less conflict. During this interactive session the participants will learn their primary communication style and how to best communication with other styles. Participants will also be introduced to techniques to assist them to have more meaningful conversations with teens. Visit her booth at the fair too!

Susan Graham is a national speaker, trainer and coach. Her leadership beginnings started as a supervisor for United Parcel Service followed by a 20-year career as a police officer. After the tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, she continued to develop her leadership strengths while focusing on a variety of children's behavioral health system change efforts. Her passion for communication, leadership, youth & families led to the birth of Let's Build It, a consultation, coaching and training company.

Susan is a member of the John Maxwell Team, a Certified DISC trainer & consultant and Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She holds a Master's in Social Work and Women's Studies and undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Criminal Justice.

Dana Cavallo, Ph.D.Dana Cavallo, Ph.D - Break-out Session @7:50pm                      Vaping, Juul and E-Cigarettes: Packaging Nicotine for a New Generation. Learn about the trends and dangers that exist with vaping. Dana Cavallo spoke at Ellington Middle School last May to parents about the dangers of vaping. Since then she has accumulated even more information to share with the community. Visit her booth at the fair too!

Dana Cavallo is a licensed clinical  psychologist and full-time assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine. Since 1995, Dana has worked on a number of clinical trials in the area of adult and adolescent substance abuse, with an emphasis on tobacco. She oversees high school based adolescent studies, conducts eligibility evaluations, moderates focus groups, and delivers behavioral interventions. As an educator, she teaches brief behavioral therapies to primary care residents in an Addiction Recovery Clinic and as a clinician, she works with youth and adults to help them quit tobacco products, alcohol, and other addictive substances.

Hidden in Plain Sight - The Alex Fisher Foundation   

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WalkAlex Army Trailer through a mock bedroom set up in this trailer that will be parked outside the senior center. You will learn how teens hide their drugs and paraphernalia in plain sight. The mission of The Alex Fisher Foundation is to educate teens on the effects of drugs and give drug awareness to parents. 


Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center

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Ellington Big Y professional pharmacists will be on hand to answer any insurance questions on NARCAN and will have samples of Deterra, a prescription drug disposal method.      

Community Health Resources - Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources

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CHR is the most comprehensive, non-profit behavioral healthcare provider in Connecticut, offering a wide range of personalized services for children, families and adults whose lives have been touched by mental illness, addiction or trauma. Their largest outpatient offices are in Manchester and Enfield, with smaller offices throughout central and eastern Connecticut and several community-based programs. Visit their website for more info: 

DPYC - Developing Positive Youth Culture

DPYC - Developing Positive Youth Culture, Ellington, Connecticut

The DPYC has been in existence in Ellington for over 20 years. The members are from all around the community and the mission of this program is to create and sustain a positive culture for Ellington's youth through collaboration among the community, schools, and town agencies. The DPYC also serves as the Youth Advisory Board and LPC (Local Prevention Council) coalition for federal grants the town has received for the prevention of underage drinking and other substances. Visit the DPYC page on this website for more information.

Ellington Public Schools

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Ellington Public Schools creates a culture of learning that challenges and inspires all students on their personalized educational journeys.

Visit their booth to see the programs and services the Ellington Public Schools provide for the youth of our community.

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Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps


EVAC is a small, emergency medical service located in Ellington, CT.  They provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the Town of Ellington as well as mutual aid coverage and support to our surrounding communities. The organization is non-profit and services are provided by volunteer and paid EMS staff.  Visit their booth for poison control and NARCAN info and more. Visit their website:

Ellington Youth Services

Ellington Youth Services. Caring for Our Future.

Ellington Youth Services has been in existence for over 20 years. Our mission is to provide programs and services that help Ellington youth connect to their families, schools, peers and community. The staff of Youth Services is here to support and assist children from birth to 18 years old through many life transitions. We provide programs that strengthen and develop essential life skills needed to succeed in many challenges facing the youth of today. Visit our booth to learn about the current and upcoming programs, our books on anxiety and depression, The Kind Farm Series and more!

Human Trafficking - Love 146

Love 146

Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. The trafficking and exploitation of children is one of the darkest stories and most severe human rights abuses imaginable. But for us, the hope of ending it is a reality. Love146 is helping grow the movement to end child trafficking while providing effective, thoughtful solutions. We believe in the power of love and its ability to effect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of our motivation. Website:

Indian Valley YMCA - Wellness Programs

YMCAThe YMCA of Greater Hartford is a charitable association open to all and committed to helping people develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. This commitment is reinforced by our belief in living out universal values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Indian Valley YMCA is located at 11 Pinney Street in Ellington.            

The Jaw Fixers Dental Group - Non-Opioid Pain Management

Jaw Fixers logo Staff from Drs. Rosenlicht and Ansari Oral Surgery Center in Manchester will be on hand to answer questions about non-opioid pain management after tooth extraction. Visit their website: 

Joshua Center for Adolescents


 Natchaug's Joshua Center Programs treat children as young as six and as old as 17 who are struggling with psychiatric or substance abuse issues, but do not require inpatient care.

North Central District Health Department

North Central District

The Mission is to prevent disease, injury, and disability by promoting and protecting the health and well-being of the public and our environment. They serve the towns of Enfield, Ellington, East Windsor, Windsor Locks, Suffield, Vernon, Windham and Stafford. Visit their booth and learn about the State of CT "Change The Script" initiative and see a mock medicine cabinet and how to keep your house safe. Visit their website:

Social Media Awareness - Trooper Kate Cummings

CT State Police LogoTrooper Kate Cummings is the Connecticut State Police Statewide DARE Coordinator.  She travels throughout the state giving presentations particularly about digital footprint and the current social media trends and adolescent behavior online. She is current with the many social media platforms our youth are using and will give you information on what dangers lurk. She can be found on Instagram: @CT_Dare_Trooper

SpeakFree - Hope Through Stories


Ellington Youth Services has recently started "SpeakFree," a mental health movement. Our mission is to create a safe space in which people feel encouraged and empowered to share stories from their mental health journeys in hopes of fostering a greater sense of awareness and validation within the community. Visit our website:

Teen Relationships - Interval House

IntervalHouseInterval House provides 24-hour hotline(s), safety planning, crisis counseling, emergency safe housing, support groups, criminal and civil court advocacy, information and referrals, community education and outreach as well as programs for the children of clients. Visit their website:

Today I Matter

Today I Matter

Today I Matter is a non-profit organization established in memory of Timothy Lally. Their mission is to reduce the stigma and shame of mental illness and addiction, and to promote the physical, emotional, and mental health of our community. They are committed to promoting and advocating for the physical, emotional, and mental health of all in our communities. They are dedicated to speaking out and educating the public at large about recognizing, preventing, and treating these illnesses. They will be on hand with some of their moving poster display of those who have left us too soon from overdose. Visit their website:



Walden Behavioral Care provides individuals living with eating disorders and other psychiatric conditions a safe place to receive the support that they need and deserve. They have a full system of eating disorder support including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Visit their website: