General Information

NIDA- National Institute on Drug Abuse- A US federal government research institute whose mission is to “lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.” Serves as a resource for trends and statistics, drug information, and publications.

SAMHSA- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Offers topical information, programs and campaigns, SAMHSA treatment facilities, grants and publications.

GPP- The Governor’s Prevention Parnership- They focus on keeping Connecticut’s children safe, successful and drug-free. It is a public-private nonprofit dedicated to delivering prevention programs that address emerging and dangerous issues that affect youth. Programs focus on bullying, underage drinking and substance abuse and youth mentoring programs.

DMHAS- Department of Mental Health Addiction Services of Connecticut-The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut. Danbury is located in region 5. Call 860-418-6962 to access the community line.

HVCASA- Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse
Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse is a coalition of volunteers, citizens, and prevention professionals dedicated to developing and coordinating services that reduce the harmful effects of substance abuse and addiction on individuals, families, and children living and working in the twenty-two towns that comprise the Northwest corner of Connecticut. HVCASA facilitates the efficient use of monies by linking local services, and ensures sustainability by utilizing local resources and community partners in our efforts to create a drug-free community. 69 Stony Hill Rd Bethel, CT 203-743-7741.

Connecticut Clearinghouse- A library resource center that has brochures, pamphlets, handouts and DVD’s regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, mental health and wellness. Call 800-232-4424 or visit