Welcome to Franklin County Caring Communities

Welcome to your Caring Communities!

What’s happening in prevention? Check out the Iceland experience. Can we do this here?

Check out our National Take-Back Day video, made in collaboration with our Teen Institute and Northwest Access TV.


Visit our facebook page (@FranklinCountyCaringCommunities) or our calendar to see what else is going on in the coming weeks.

Looking for information on Watershed Mentoring? Visit our page.

If you are looking for information on effective policies that support prevention, please download our document, Addressing Youth and Young Adult Substance Abuse in Franklin County.

Is Vermont really ready for legalized marijuana? Check out this report on the impact of marijuana legalization and commercialization.

Parents, “Safe Homes Parent Network” is a way for you to connect, support one another, and keep kids safe and substance free across Franklin County.   We’re inviting parents to sign on to the following:Safe-Homes-Parent-Network-Color-Logo

  • I will actively supervise all gatherings of youth in our home or on our property, or ask another responsible adult for help to do so.
  • I will not allow the possession of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by youth in our home or on our property.
  • I will set expectations for my children by knowing where they are going, whom they are with, what they are doing, and when they are to return home.

Are you interested in joining the Safe Home Parent Network? Click here for more information and to complete the survey.

Check out ParentUp for tips on recognizing substance use in teens, talking to your kids and teens about underage drinking and aamother drug use, and preparing them for safe, fun, substance free parties and events.

Looking to get more involved in County-wide prevention and positive youth development? Consider becoming a mentor or joining our board. We all benefit when our members take an active role in guiding our coalition’s prevention initiatives.  Contact Beth 527-5049 x 1 or beth@fcccp.org for more information.

Caring Communities is a proud supporter of Front Porch Forum, a web-based community network., which is now available to all towns in Vermont.   Check it out and join the conversation.

Join us in promoting a safe, healthy, caring, and substance-free Franklin County that values all its members.  And, if you’d like to support Caring Communities and Watershed Mentoring financially, you can now donate online! Please click on the button to the right to be taken to a secure donation website.

Thanks for your interest and remember, we are ALL Caring Communities.










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Cultural Competence

Cultural competence describes the ability of an individual or organization to interact effectively with people of different cultures. To produce positive change, prevention practitioners must understand the cultural context of their target community, and have the willingness and skills to work within this context. This means drawing on community-based values, traditions, and customs, and working with knowledgeable persons of and from the community to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention activities.

Key principles of cultural and linguistic competence must be integrated into all steps of  SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework(link is external) in order to have an impact that is inclusive and sustainable. These principles include, but are not limited to:

  • Each group has unique cultural needs. Coalitions should acknowledge that several paths lead to the same goal.
  • Significant diversity exists within cultures. It is important to recognize that cultural groups are complex and diverse, and not to be viewed as a single entity.
  • The dominant culture serves people from diverse backgrounds in varying degrees. Coalitions must recognize that what works well for the dominant cultural group may not be successful with members of other cultural groups.
  • Culture is ever-present, and must be acknowledged as a predominant force in shaping behaviors, values, and institutions.
  • Inclusion of multiple perspectives is critical to the full engagement of all segments of the population, which enriches and benefits not only the subgroups, but the community as a whole.
  • Cultural competence is not limited to ethnicity, but includes age, gender, disability, sexual identity and other variables.

Excerpted from SPF: Cultural Cumpetence and Sustainability(link is external) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Cultural Competence (link is external) by Health Resources in Action.

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Green Up Day May 6, 2017

Every year, Vermonters take to the highways and byways to clean up our roadsides of litter and roadside junk. If you’ve ever participated in Green Up Day, you might have noticed how many alcohol containers and tobacco trash are in the mix. In recent years, people have found syringes and other dangerous items. If you are participating in Green Up Day, please consider tallying the number of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-related materials you collect! You can do so on the attached Green up day alcohol tally sheet. You can mail, scan and email, or fax these sheets  back to us.

This efforts helps us understand where drinking and driving is happening, as well as other risky behaviors. This information can help alert town officials and law enforcements to these concerns. Pictures are also welcome!

Participants who submit their forms by 5/12/17 will be entered in a drawing for a prize.

Thanks for supporting a safe, clean, and healthy environment.

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Swanton Enhancement Project’s (SEP) Task Force to Reduce Substance Abuse in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont will be hosting a Community Forum on May 4th at MVU, 6:00-8:00 pm. The event will include a showing of the movie Resilience and a follow up panel discussion.

The movie RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE, “chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.” Its subject matter is relative to ACE’s, Adverse Childhood Experiences, a topic of great discussion around the nation.

“Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs can be prevented. Learn more about preventing ACEs in your community.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

SEP’s Task Force to Reduce Substance Abuse strives to make Swanton a hub of information for awareness, prevention and treatment of substance abuse. PLEASE participate in this great event…another step toward a positive future.

If you have questions, please contact Kathy.Lavoie2@myfairpoint.net or 802-782-1924.

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Monitoring the Future 2016

Check out the Monitoring the Future 2016 report on teen substance use. Nationally, the trends are positive – meaning less substance abuse, including lower rates of binge drinking, other illicit drug use, and tobacco use. The survey points out a significant disparity in cannabis use: higher rates of use among high school seniors in states with medical marijuana laws (38.3 percent) as compared to states without these laws (33.3 percent).

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Substance Abuse Prevention: Supporting Healthy Decisions During the Tween and Teens Years (and What to Do if You Spot Trouble)

Thursday, March 30, 6:15-8:00 pm at the Fairfax Community Library Library

Presenters:  Kayla Tatro & Mary Gratton, NCSS

This presentation will provide parents with information about common drugs of abuse and their prevalence in our community. Discussion on how to communicate with your children about substances, warning signs of abuse, and local resources will be included.


Register by calling the Library at 849-2420 or online by clicking the above link. On-site child care is available. Workshop and child care are free of charge. Supported by the Goldsmith Memorial Fund, BFA-PTSA, and The Fairfax Community Library Trustees.

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