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Prevention Council

The West Hartford Prevention Council (establish by ordinance 10/7/19) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. The Council facilitates activities and/or makes recommendations regarding possible activities to the Town Council that may increase public awareness of substance abuse and prevention initiatives or that promote mental health in the context of overall health and wellness. The nine-member panel, non-voting members and ex-officio members meet once per month, except in July and August, on the second Thursday of the month at 5:00 PM in West Hartford Town Hall. Please contact the Social Services Office for more information at 860-561-7560.

West Hartford Cares Directory Resource

Click the link for West Hartford Cares Directory Resource for a comprehensive list of contact information for those services.  The West Hartford Resource Directory lists telephone numbers for services that you'll need in time of crisis, including the Poison Control hotline, local hospitals as well as agencies that have professionals who can help with child abuse, domestic violence, gambling, parenting, substance abuse and more. A wallet-size card of this resource directory is available at the Customer Service Desk of Town Hall.

Meeting Dates

Meeting Minutes

Ex-Officios

Helen Drohan, WHBHD Representative
Melissa Hickey, Superintendent Representative
Tor Fiske, Superintendent Representative
Amanda Martin, Police Dept. Rep.
Ari Steinberg, BOE Representative
James Mahoney, Police Department Representative
Helen Rubino-Turco, Social Services Representative
Matthew W. Hart, Town Manager
Shari Cantor, Mayor
Natalie DeLaCruz, Student Representative
Brooks McConnell, Student Representative

Board Members

Howard Dashefsky

Titles: Vice Chair
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Appointed 10/7/19
Term Ending 12/31/22

Patricia Graham

Titles: Board Member
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Appointed 1/12/21
Term Ending 12/31/23

Kadzo Kangwana

Titles: Board Member
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Appointed 10/7/19
Term Ending 12/31/22

Bob Macca

Titles: Board Member
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Appointed 1/12/21
Term Ending 12/31/23

Brenda McKeown

Titles: Board Member
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Appointed 10/7/19
Term Ending 12/31/21

Jonathan Merritt

Titles: Secretary
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Appointed 10/7/19
Term Ending 12/31/21

Nordia Napier

Titles: Board Member
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Appointed 10/7/19
Term Ending 12/31/23

Jean Schensul

Titles: Board Member
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Appointed 10/7/19
Term Ending 12/31/20

Carl Shields

Titles: Chair
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Appointed 10/7/19
Term Ending 12/31/21