C.A.S.A. reminder: Parents who host lose the most


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West Milford Community Against Substance Abuse (C.A.S.A.) has posted “Parents Who Host Lose The Most” signs around the township recently to coincide with high school proms and graduations. United For Prevention in Passaic County, and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) are vital partners in getting the message out to parents to keep their children healthy. This campaign targets underage drinking and its consequences and the liability adults face when hosting underage drinking parties.

Drinking and driving continue to be the most obvious consequences of underage drinking; there are many others, such as sexual assault, violence and other risky behaviors. SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over half of high school related drinkers get their alcohol from and adult and one half of those adults are parents or other family members.

C.A.S.A. began in 1989, merging with the West Milford Youth and Family Counseling Committee. From that committee, the Municipal Alliance Steering Committee was developed and began to implement prevention programs focusing on the needs of the community. A grant from the governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse enables the committee to expand programs and develop new strategies in the fight against substance abuse.

Programs C.A.S.A. funds are: senior citizen events, Conflict Resolution Training (for 7th and 8th grade students), Project Graduation, R.E.A.L. (6th grade), summer program (7th and 8th grade supervised summer camp), teen events, beach parties, semi formal and teen center activities, Safe Place multi-faceted program that promotes family wellness by educating, intervening and providing support for families with children affected by substance abuse and Community Awareness events and information.

Information on substance abuse is available at the Hillcrest Community Center, with DVDs available to loan, and at the teen center.

C.A.S.A. reminds graduates and their parents to be safe as they celebrate and enjoy the summer.

For additional information, email casa@westmilford.org or call Marlene at 973-728-4219.

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