Strategic Planning Framework

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

Prevention Services



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

  • The Partnership

  • Westport Prevention Coalition

  • Norwalk Community College (NCC) Campus Awareness Resource Team (CART)



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 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, Mental Health First Aid (General), Mental Health First Aid (Higher Education), Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), safeTALK, Hidden in Plain Sight, Keep Connected: Strengthening Family Communication, and Everyone's An Asset Builder.



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


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.

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90 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06880

Tel: 203.227.7644   |   Fax: 203.227.0037

Office hours:

Monday - Friday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm