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Community For Care Designed to Coordinate Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts

Education seen as a key component of new committee.

Pastor Woody Eddins speaks about the Community For Care effort.
Pastor Woody Eddins speaks about the Community For Care effort.

Government, school and community leaders are working together to form a Community For Care Committee, a multi-faceted approach to educating the public on mental health and substance abuse issues.

The committee is a volunteer effort in which representatives from of the town, school system, local clergy and others that will discuss issues, coordinate and publicize existing programs and more.

“By having all the players there at one time we can share our resources,” Pastor Woody Eddins, of Simsbury United Methodist Church, said at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

Eddins has agreed to help coordinate the effort, which includes representatives such as the police chief, director of social services, school principals and more.

Officials said the town would also seek some parental representation.

The effort is largely based on Canton’s Community of Concern but Simsbury has expanded the scope to include mental health.

The group will not be directly counseling students but rather help coordinate effort and educate the public on what services are available, officials said. 

Eddins said he has conducted two funerals from deaths that were caused by overdoses. Too often families aren’t aware of the many resources available and discussing issues and ways to help try and prevent such tragedies is important he said.

“Answers are certainly not easy to come by,” he said.

The committee is a volunteer effort and at this point does not involve any funding, town officials said.

They also emphasized that it does not involve treatment or counseling.

“This board will not be giving treatment to individuals,” selectman Lisa Heavner said. “It will be sharing resources.”

Robt. Kalechman February 03, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Just as your lied to on town taxes about being the 13 highest tax town in Connecticut and paying the highest tax ever in Connecticut by the Democrat Malloy the The First Selectman has lied again in my opinion on this program and who know how many others she is a her best attacking widows.throwing renters out on streets of Simsbury read the record and spending tax payers tax money on democratic members of here town committee C.M. Tell us who you are only people who tell the truth get arrested by democrats who lie
Robt. Kalechman February 03, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Just as your lied to on town taxes about being the 13 highest tax town in Connecticut and paying the highest tax ever in Connecticut by the Democrat Malloy the The First Selectman has lied again in my opinion on this program and who know how many others she is a her best attacking widows.throwing renters out on streets of Simsbury read the record and spending tax payers tax money on democratic members of here town committee C.M. Tell us who you are only people who tell the truth get arrested by democrats who lie
Robt. Kalechman February 03, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Just as your lied to on town taxes about being the 13 highest tax town in Connecticut and paying the highest tax ever in Connecticut by the Democrat Malloy the The First Selectman has lied again in my opinion on this program and who know how many others she is a her best attacking widows.throwing renters out on streets of Simsbury read the record and spending tax payers tax money on democratic members of here town committee C.M. Tell us who you are only people who tell the truth get arrested by democrats who lie
Robt. Kalechman February 03, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Just as your lied to on town taxes about being the 13 highest tax town in Connecticut and paying the highest tax ever in Connecticut by the Democrat Malloy the The First Selectman has lied again in my opinion on this program and who know how many others she is a her best attacking widows.throwing renters out on streets of Simsbury read the record and spending tax payers tax money on democratic members of here town committee C.M. Tell us who you are only people who tell the truth get arrested by democrats who lie
POODETWA July 10, 2014 at 05:30 PM
nice article. hopefully, a life is saved.

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