L to R: Ella Moore (TurningPointCT Project Coordinator), Margaret Watt (Positive Directions Prevention Director), Karlene Barnett (Positive Directions LADC), Jim Marpe (Westport First Selectman), Angelina Miceli (Positive Directions Clinical Director), Chris Murphy (US Senator), Jen Hrbek (Positive Directions Executive Director), Ed Milton (Kids in Crisis Teen Talk Counselor), Carolyn Dennett (Positive Directions Psychologist)
Positive Directions was pleased to host US Senator Chris Murphy, State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (Westport), and Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe on February 19 for a roundtable on behavioral health needs during COVID and beyond. Mental health and substance use issues have increased during COVID, and we were grateful for the opportunity to discuss needs that may be able to be addressed through the federal COVID relief bill under development.
We welcomed our community partners fromChild Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County, Fairfield Public Schools, Kids in Crisis, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-CT Chapter and Westport Human Services Department as part of the discussion. Watch the recorded discussion below and scroll down to check out the factsheet we provided.
Whether or not to legalize retail marijuana is an important public policy discussion that involves weighing interests such as the economy and the public health. CT residents have the opportunity to share their views this Friday at a public hearing on the governor's proposal, also known as Senate Bill 888. (Read text here.) If you are interested in testifying or in following the hearing, please check out the info below.
Recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, legalization of marijuana. You read about it in the news, talk about it with your friends, and maybe wonder what to tell your kids. As more states pass medical or retail marijuana laws, the general public’s perception of marijuana has changed. Both adults and teens now see it as safer.
We are thrilled to have several new members join our team as valuable assets! We wouldn't be where we are today without the expertise, dedication, and passion that each team member shares with the organization and our community. A warm welcome and congratulations from all of us at Positive Directions! Read on to learn more about each team member's experience and commitment behind their work.