Substance Abuse Prevention

Northwest Hills Prevention Connection (NHPC) is dedicated to helping prevent youth substance abuse in Northwestern Connecticut, specifically in Region 7 (Barkhamsted, Norfolk, New Hartford, Colebrook) and Winchester. Through a unique network of community members, we provide area families with an understanding of illicit substances and the benefits of not using. This knowledge provides empowerment, helping the community to make the right choices for themselves.

Our volunteer community coalition meets monthly to discuss ways of preventing drug abuse among youths and families. We plan events, recruit for our coalition, make decisions on educational material, and educate ourselves and the community on the various substances and their consequences. Keep reading to learn how to get involved in our coalition!


Working in Region 7 and Winchester communities, the Northwest Hills Prevention Connection’s (NHPC) mission is to promote and increase the community’s quality of life by preventing substance misuse.


We work to prevent the use of illicit substances by implementing strategies and activities specifically targeting teen’s access to substances, and family norms surrounding substance use.


NHPC was informally established in 2014 as a joint coalition with the Torrington Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse. In 2015, the McCall Center for Behavioral Health applied for a 5-year Partnership for Success Grant, known as the PFS 2015 Grant. They were successfully awarded money to fund the community coalition for Region 7 and Winsted in order to tackle youth substance abuse issues within the community. In December of 2016, the coalition met to form The Region 7/Winchester Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, which today is known as the Northwest Hills Prevention Connection (NHPC).


NHPC follows an evidenced-based, public health model knows as the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The five steps and two guiding principles of the SPF offer coalitions a comprehensive process for addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their communities


  • Use the SPF as a guidance model in harm reduction and prevention strategies
  • Strengthen NHPC through increased community collaborations and partnerships
  • Reduce the amount of youth who report consuming alcohol
  • Increase youth educational opportunities and opportunities for community involvement
  • Promote healthy and sustainable living activities for the community at large

You are not alone.

Choosing not to drink is OK! In fact, more teens choose to stay sober than party. Stay strong!


Lead agency and financial conduit for NHPC with respect to fundraising and additional grants.
Northwestern Regional School
District No. 7
The Gilbert School
Winchester Youth Service Bureau
The Torrington Area Health District
Connecticut State Office of Rural Health


Communities with Partnership for Success grants are seeing dramatic decreases in the rates of underage alcohol consumption. In a three-year period, underage drinking among Connecticut kids ages 12-17 decreased 9.2% –National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).



NHPC meets monthly at Northwest Region 7 High School on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 8:00AM to 9:00AM. All meetings are open to the public, and coffee and breakfast are provided. The next meeting is Tuesday, August 28.

E-Mail to be added to our distribution list!

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Sign our Safe Party Parent Registry and pledge to never serve alcohol to anyone underage in your household. Also, learn about Connecticut’s Social Host Law, an act prohibiting adults from allowing minors to possess alcoholic liquor in dwelling units and on private property. Check out our Facebook page, and our newsletter! We write a lot of educational and informational tidbits on how to talk to your kids about substance abuse.


Our youth subcommittees are done for the year. Have a good summer! Keep an eye out for times and places for the next school year!

What could drinking make you lose?

Don’t lose everything by choosing to drink. Choose to stay sober. Thinking about drinking? Think again. You could lose a lot.



Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Connecticut Clearinghouse

Information on substance use and mental health disorders, prevention and health topics.


The Department of Mental Health and Addition Services (DMHAS) promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut.


Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. NA members are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay completely abstinence from all drugs. They have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. They are not connected with any political, religious, or law enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.


Substance Use 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.

Suicide Helpline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

United Way

One-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Connecticut and you will reach a highly trained contact specialist who will assess your needs and provide referrals to the resources in your community. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available.

Take 5 Minutes to Help Your Community!

In order to best serve our community, we want to provide information and activities tailored to what the community needs. We do this by surveying the community and collecting data on perceptions and opinions of substance use. The survey takes no longer than 5 minutes and is completely anonymous.

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