Jan 04

RCCASA Newsletter for January 2017



Coalition Coordinator News
The goal of this newsletter is to improve CONNECTION, COMMUNICATION  & COORDINATION among RCCASA  & community partners.  Questions & Suggestions welcome, Laura Cleary, Ridgefield Coalition Coordinator

The  RCCASA  Burbio calendar is updated  with  events and programs sponsored by RCCASA member organizations and community partners.


December review

  • 12/1: Project Resilience: Coping with school avoidance: Good turnout for this presentation by Silver Hill Hospital’s Dr. Krasner.  
  • 12/6:  Narcan training at the RIdgefield Library, offered by Laura Cleary and Ellen Brezovsky. 15 people attended. Thanks to Silver Hill Hospital for donating the Narcan kits.
  • 11/29: 2 screenings of the documentary, Most Likely to Succeed,  to open a discussion about what it means to “re-imagine” education. Both screenings were  well attended, with discussion groups after the evening screening (sponsors: RPS, PTA, Library, & Aldrich Museum)
ACES: Adverse Childhood Experience 
There is currently a planning group in Ridgefield meeting to discuss ACES and how it might be implemented in Ridgefield to benefit residents of all ages.If you are  involved in the health, mental health, or education world in Ridgefield, and are interested in joining this discussion, contact me coalition@ridgefieldct.org or Lisa Kuller at Ridgefield  Youth Services Bureau.
Next meeting is 1/25. Here is some information about ACES if you are not familiar:

Kids in Crisis Teen Talk counselor, Ashley Adamson is doing great work at Ridgefield High School. Her position is supported by the Town of Ridgefield and RCCASA, and her role as a counselor in the school, but also independent of the school, allows her to help students who may not otherwise seek help. This Ridgefield Press article outlines her work at RHS, as presented to the Ridgefield Board of  Selectman.
This is the biggest event of the year for Project Resilience!

 Any parent will benefit by attending, so please share this and encourage parents you know or work with to attend.

Want to find out more aboutHow to Raise an Adult?  Here is a NY Times article  and here is her  TED talk.  

Please share this with any 5th grade parents who may benefit.  I am happy to send you more details upon request. First session starts soon!
Please continue to spread the word about the The Family Facetime program.  
The goal of the Family Facetime program is to encourage device free family dinners, with designated family dinner nights, offering a dinner for 4 from a local takeout restaurant for $25 plus a technology basket and family game. Families can register NOW  for one or all three remaining family dinner nights.  All Ridgefield families welcome! Click here to  Register with
Parks and Recreation OR go  here to get more details!
The Family Facetime program includes a free parents night dinner and speaker event at the Lounsbury House, Wednesday February 9th 6:30-8:00 PM. Speaker is Jenny Rosenstrach, author of: Dinner  A Love Story, Dinner: the Playbook, and How to Celebrate Everything.  Find out more about her on her website Dinner A Love Story.
All Ridgefield parents are welcome but families who have registered for the Family Facetime family dinner nights have priority. Registration will open in mid January.  Email coalition@ridgefieldct.org to be notified when registration is open.

Generation Found is being shown at the  Ridgefield Playhouse
Wednesday March 15th, 7 PM. 
From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown.

This free community  event is sponsored by RPC, Insight Counseling, Newport Academy,
Hamlet Hub, & Silver Hill Hospital.

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Monitoring the Future Survey 2016

The results of the 2016 MTF study were released in December.

What is the MTF survey? Since 1975 the MTF survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. 45,473 students from 372 public and private schools participated in this year’s Monitoring the Future survey. The survey is funded by NIDA.

This year’s  2016 report has some encouraging news:
Teen substance use shows promising decline – NIH Monitoring the Future survey shows use of most illicit substances down, but past year marijuana use is  relatively stable

The  Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse,  Dr. Nora Volkow, says,  “It’s actually a year where we’re seeing incredibly good news as it relates to the patterns of drug use among teenagers.”

Get detailed information on the MTF website or the NIH website has some good information, plus an audiocast and some  Nora Volkow video.

Here’s an overview:
Know the Risks has some good information about e-cigarettes from the Surgeon General. For more information, click on the image to go to the website.
21st Century Cures Act signed into law in December.
below is a synopsis from a  Facing Addiction email:

“The legislation contains $1 billion over the next two years for states to address the opioid misuse and overdose crisis facing America. While “Cures” certainly isn’t a perfect piece of legislation, it is the best vehicle to get funding appropriated that addresses our nation’s crisis. Additionally, the President has signed into law a short-term spending bill that appropriates the first $500 million provided in the “Cures” legislation.”
There have been a few  pieces detailing the pros and cons of the bill – I recommend this NPR piece
If you are interested in this upcoming CT Clearinghouse training,
register here or call them: 1-800- 232-4424
Just a reminder, as we head into the new year, that CT 211 EMPS is an important resource for families and professionals. They have updated their EMPS website and their 211 website so that I think they are more helpful.  EMPS will do presentations to professionals in the communities they serve re: their services, and I am happy to arrange that If anyone is interested, so let me know.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: I listened to a  good book this month about kids,  technology & social media:  Screenwise by Devorah Heitner. She also has a website Raising Digital Natives: helping Kids Survive and and Thrive in Their Digital World.  I like her approach, which advocates a focus on mentoring over monitoring; I highly recommend the book. Here is a nice interview with her.
I have these posters from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline’s 2016 “Be the One” campaign.  There are 6 of them, good messaging and colorful,            if anyone could use them let me know.

Jan 01

“Eyes Wide Open” Community Forum on Substance Abuse on Wednesday, 2/1

The Ridgefield Library and Ridgefield Prevention Council will sponsor a moderated panel presentation and discussion about substance abuse issues in our town on Wednesday, February 1.


Please see the attached flyer for details: eyes-wide-open-february-2017

Dec 13

Family Facetime Events in 2017!

Please see the attached flyer about Family Facetime events in 2017: family-facetime-single-meal-poster


The group’s website, including how to register for a Family Facetime night, is here: http://www.familyfacetime.org/

Dec 05

Agenda for December 7 Meeting

Ridgefield Youth Commission Meeting
December 7, 2016
7:00pm at The Barn
**Please bring a holiday treat to share at the meeting!**
Woodberry Parent Connection
Trans Youth & Allies Support Group
Bens Bells
RYC Mission Clarification and Goal Setting

Nov 14

“Bordeline” Documentary at the Ridgefield Playhouse on 11/15


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7pm 

The first Documentary to capture the lived experience of Borderline Personality Disorder

HamletHub Whole New You Series
Partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services
Presented by Silver Hill Hospital

Post Screening Panel Discussion immediately following film includes: Rebbie Ratner, Film Director, Regina V., BORDERLINE Main Character, Dr. Aaron Krasner, Director, Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill Hospital and Gina Pulice, LCSW

People say having a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) diagnosis is equivalent to walking through life with a Do Not Resuscitate order. To the extent that it is portrayed in popular culture, the disorder is often caricatured, turned into something cartoonish and pathetic: shrieking outbursts, bleeding eyeliner, dark mascara and slashed wrists. This film does not do that.

The documentary follows one person with the borderline diagnosis who gives us access to her internal world. Regina is a 45-year old woman – outta work and outta love. Witty and self-aware, she makes observations that are uncomfortable but astute, reacts on impulse, attacks, distracts, meditates, trips over herself, laughs, burns bridges, makes social gaffes, apologizes, loses her cool, philosophizes and remains dogged in her search for recovery.

Borderline is very much a disease of perception where one lives in rigid adherence to a single point of view at any one moment. When the moment shifts, so does the point of view. The individual lives in a constantly oscillating state of seemingly conflicting feelings that can’t be reconciled, struggling to hold multiple perspectives simultaneously. And so it is for Regina.

It is the behaviors generated in this unpredictable emotional landscape that account for some scary statistics: an estimated 1-2 percent of the US population carry the diagnosis, 80% of these people attempt suicide, and 10% succeed. Approximately 25% of the substance addicted and 25% of the eating disorder populations meet the diagnostic criteria for BPD, yet few are actually given a diagnosis. This has been Regina’s experience: a history of substance abuse, suicide attempts, self-harm, fractured relationships, difficulty maintaining employment, and misdiagnosis. This film tracks her sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious attempts to challenge and heal herself.

Tickets are FREE! 


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