Mission and History

Positive Directions was established in 1971 in Westport, CT as a volunteer effort by recovering alcoholics to support recovery and bring awareness and prevention into school and community programs. Since then, treatment and prevention programs have evolved to become more disciplined and outcome focused, and Positive Directions today emphasizes evidence-supported clinical treatment services and community focused prevention programs.
The Agency’s mission is to provide comprehensive behavioral healthcare, treatment for addictive behaviors and prevention leadership with the goal of improving the lives and mental health of individuals and families.
Our vision is that all individuals and families will have the skills, support and resources they need to live a healthy life and contribute to their community.
We are a 501(c)(3), state-licensed provider of behavioral health treatment and prevention programs and have received state prevention and awareness funding continuously for close to 25 years, in recognition of our expertise as a provider of evidence-supported, data-driven, locally focused prevention programs to the communities we serve.