Using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), we build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse and mental health services.

  • Prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse
  • Reduce substance abuse-related problems in communities
  • Build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level
  • Implement a process of infusing data across all Strategic Prevention Framework steps for improved decision making


DENIQUE WEIDEMA-LEWIS, BA - Director of Prevention

Denique provides vision, leadership in prevention and mental wellness promotion initiatives, and training to best meet the needs of the communities of Fairfield, Weston, Wilton, and Westport. Denique has over 12 years of experience working in the field of substance abuse prevention and positive youth development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with minors in Psychology and Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University. In her spare time, you can often catch Denique chasing after her 4 young children she shares with her loving and patient husband

 Coalition  Building

Positive Directions is actively involved in the infrastructures of the communities in which we work. We help to engage key stakeholders from every sector in the community to collaboratively address issues affecting young people in our communities.

  • Coalitions include:
    Fairfield County Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse (Westport, Weston, Wilton, Fairfield)
  • Fairfield Cares Community Coalition
  • Norwalk Community Prevention Task Force (CPTF)
  • Norwalk Community College (NCC) CART Team

Community Outreach

Positive Directions is available to provide activities and materials on multiple topics related to youth and families that educate the community about substance misuse and mental health promotion.

Training Opportunities

Training is available to youth and adults and can be tailored to meet your needs. Current offerings include: Emerging Drug Trends Youth Mental Health First Aid Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Survey Development

Current survey data is an important tool in assessing the needs of our communities. Positive Directions implements student and parent surveys in order to establish the access, behavior and social norms related to alcohol and substance use. For our most current survey reports, Click Here

Youth Initiatives

Engaging young people in meaningful ways is a core facet of successful and sustainable prevention work. Through our coalition building work, we create opportunities for on-going youth engagement. We do intense youth engagement through community partnerships in Westport, Fairfield, and Norwalk.

Our program goals are:

  • To create emotionally healthy and supportive environments for our youth
  • To encourage healthy relationships for youth with both adults and their peers
  • To communicate information and effective strategies to local youth BEFORE they are involved with alcohol, drugs or other destructive behavior and to teach skills of responsible decision-making.
  • To educate parents about the substances in our community and the legal, social and health consequences of their use.
  • To build the capacity of the community to prevent and treat substance abuse.

Office Hours

Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


90 Post Road West Westport, CT 06880


(203) 227-7644


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