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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 5:30 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
Tor Fiske, Superintendent Representative
Ari Steinberg, BOE Representative
Amanda Martin, Police Department Representative
Helen Rubino-Turco, Social Services Representative
Matthew W. Hart, Town Manager
Shari Cantor, Mayor
Natalie DeLaCruz, Student Representative

Board Members

Heather Alix

Titles: Board Member

Howard Dashefsky

Titles: Vice Chair
Phone Numbers:
Work: 860-561-8877
Address:
Home
49 East Maxwell Drive
West Hartford, 06117

Kadzo Kangwana

Titles: Board Member
Address:
Home
5 Chestnut Hill Rd
West Hartford, 06107

Brenda McKeown

Titles: Board Member

Jonathan Merritt

Titles: Secretary
Phone Numbers:
Work: 860-313-1119 ext. 1305
Address:
Home
11 Wyndwood Rd
West Hartford, 06107

Nordia Napier

Titles: Board Member
Address:
Home
8 Park Place Circle
West Hartford, 06110

Jean Schensul

Titles: Board Member
Address:
Home
82 Timberwood Rd
, 06117

Carl Shields

Titles: Chair
Address:
Home
76 Lyman Rd
West Hartford, 06117