Prevention & Wellness | Departments & Services

Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition

Positive youth development is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.


Underage Drinking

In 2006, Rushford received grants from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to organize Underage Drinking Task Forces in Middletown and Meriden/Wallingford.


After-School Programs

Rushford prevention specialists provide after-school programming for students at Keigwin School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown.


Community-Based Programs

Find programs in your community that not only creates stronger bonds between friends and family, but also work on building resiliency, conflict resolution, self-esteem and awareness, and other prevention issues.


School-Based Programs

Programs are available to students that will aid in their ability to succeed as an individual as well as in a group setting. There are also anti-bullying programs teaching children about different ethnicities and how to handle bullies.


Summer Programs

Rushford’s summer prevention programming focuses on building self-esteem and teaching tolerance among middle school age youth.


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.