HSC’s Substance Abuse Programs

About The Norwalk Partnership


Since seeking and receiving the federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant in December 2019 for our prevention work in Norwalk, Positive Directions partnered with the Human Services Council (which has state prevention funding) to create a new coalition: The Norwalk Partnership (TNP), which launched in September 2020. Positive Directions is leading TNP’s data collection, strategies around alcohol and marijuana, and website and communications. Visit the website to learn about our Liquor Stickers campaign, youth & community surveys, and more, or to download slideshows and infographs.

The Norwalk Partnership brings community members and organizations together around our mission: to prevent substance misuse among youth and young adults by addressing local conditions.

We use proven strategies from prevention science, and we bring them down to the community level so everyone can participate. In our monthly meetings, we build the ability of our community members to help identify and discuss local issues, provide insight into local conditions, and help plan and implement strategies.

Please reach out to Diamond Sead, the program director for more information:   dsead@hscct.org or (203)354-1958.

Visit The Norwalk Partnership website here 


Some of our recent initiatives include:

  • CPTF has participated in the CT Prescription Monitoring Program by providing information to over 130 prescribers in the area, provided proper disposal trainings to several community locations, and distributed NARCAN to 10 Connecticut towns.  Additionally, nearly 500 law enforcement and medical and behavioral health care providers, were trained by HSC on the administering of NARCAN.
  • Curriculum implementation of Taking Charge: A Path to Healthy Choices at Brien McMahon High School and Norwalk Pathways Academy at Briggs High School, in collaboration with the Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers (SBHC) and Liberation Programs.
  • Family Day events, in collaboration with the Norwalk Housing Authority and the Tenant Associations at Meadow Gardens, Roodner Court and Washington Village housing developments. These fun-filled, drug-free afternoons with human service agencies provide information to families regarding available services and resources.
  • Creation of H.E.A.R.T. (Health Education Awareness Raised by Teens), a peer leadership group at Brien McMahon High School, in collaboration with SBHC. H.E.A.R.T is designed to help teens develop strong leadership skills while influencing younger children to live a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Red Ribbon Week: The Red Ribbon Campaign services as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug-free activities.

More Information/Resources

  • Crisis Intervention Services for Adults: Southwest CT Mental Health System
    Regional Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team
    Franklin S. DuBois Center
    780 Summer Street
    Stamford, CT  06905
    203-358-8500, 800-586-9903   

Parents’ Guide to Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse

The streets aren’t the only place kids find drugs. Sometimes they find them right at home. Read this guide for strategies on what parents can do to keep their children safe.

We’ve been busy! Highlights from the past year include: the distribution of 123 backpacks at three Family Day events, providing tobacco prevention intervention to 75 fifth graders, 50 hours of drug and mental health training, and co-sponsoring a special community screening of The Anonymous People, a documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Reach out to us


1 Park Street Norwalk, CT 06851


(203) 849-1111



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