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Prevention Programming in Connecticut Schools

The State Education Resource Center (SERC), in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is creating a School-Based Center for Prevention, Education, and Advocacy ( K-12) to serve the state of Connecticut. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory Report (2021), schools can directly impact youth mental health by providing "a continuum of supports to meet student mental health needs including evidence-based practices and trauma-informed mental health care.”  


The Center is designed as a centralized entity to provide educators, students, families, organizations, and communities with a single location for the most current information and services regarding programs, practices, and interventions to mitigate the impact of substance use in our youth and establish systems for advocacy and support. The Center’s goal is to build a community of practice, mentoring links, and other support systems to further connect districts together to leverage their experience and knowledge around use of these programs.