Our Programs

Camp Mariposa WV
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Drug Free All-Star Basketball
Explorers Programs
HRSA NAS Education Program-BIBS 
The HRSA RHOP (Rural Health Opioid Program)
IdentoGO
Mercer County Coalition for Healthy Communities
Monroe and Summers Quick Response Team 
Prevention Enhancement Project-SIEEP Grant
Prevention Without Borders
Princeton Renaissance Theater
State Opioid Resource Program
Students Against Destructive Decisions
Teen Court
The WV Partnerships for Success
Programs are listed in alphabetical order.

Programs are listed in alphabetical order.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

Natalie Keaton

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is the nation’s leading substance misuse prevention organization. Representing more than 5,000 anti-drug coalitions worldwide,CADCA strengthens coalitions while providing a comprehensive array of coalition support and education, community education and collaboration, and advocates for stronger public policy. Signature events include the National Leadership Forum, Mid-Year Training Institute, and the Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner. In partnership with Community Connections, Inc., CADCA delivers intensive, customized education for coalitions across the state of West Virginia. In addition to world-class coalition assistance, CADCA’s West Virginia trainings include the National Coalition Academy, the Graduate Coalition Academy, and the CADCA Youth Leadership Initiative

Drug Free All-Star Basketball

Greg Puckett

The goal of coach Greg Puckett and the ESPN Drug Free All-Stars is simple: Combine the universal sport of basketball with a universal message of making good choices and staying away from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Since the all-stars were formed seven years ago, the group—featuring several semipro players from the Bluefield-based West Virginia Blazers of the American Basketball Association—has gained state funding and is spreading its message across the Mountain State.

Drug Free Communities (DFC)

Candace Harless

Drug Free Communities is a grant created to support communities to establish and strengthen collaboration among community coalitions to reduce substance use among youth and families.

RSA NAS Education Program-BIBS (Babies in Better Situations) HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) Grant

Jamie Styons

The HRSA NAS Education Program is a collaborative effort with Southern Highlands CMHC, Community Connections, Inc., and local OB-GYNs to provide education to those struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders. The program focuses mainly on female candidates of childbearing age in Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming Counties; however, males have been admitted due to the number of single fathers within our region. The goal of this initiative is to reduce the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) by improving systems of care, local conditions, social determinants of health, family supports, and creating a systematic change to promote all pathways of mental health and substance use treatment and recovery.

Mercer County Coalition for Healthy Communities

Candace Harless

Mercer County Coalition for Healthy Communities is a voluntary collaboration between groups and/or sectors of the community in which the group/sectors withhold their identities while working together toward a common goal of creating a safe, healthy, drug-free community

Monroe and Summers QRT Pilot (Quick Response Team)

Jamie Styons

The Quick Response Team Pilot Project was authorized by the WV ODCP (Office of Drug Control Policy) to establish opioid overdose follow-up and intervention in Monroe and Summers Counties. The program is designed as a three-prong tactic to bring together social workers, emergency medical services, and law enforcement as a collective team to intervene directly with those effected by overdose. In Region 6, we’ve added faith-based and recovery centered supports to help with the traditional three-prong team in order to bring a more holistic approach to intervention.

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Prevention Enhancement Project-SIEEP (Statewide Implementation, Enhancement, and Evaluation Projects)

Jamie Styons 

The Prevention Enhancement Project is a two-fold initiative in McDowell, Webster, and Wyoming Counties to help establish non-existent coalition prevention programs in areas lacking needed supports and further develop current coalition-based prevention programs needing more support. Although the main focus is substance use prevention, the PEP works in all areas of prevention ranging from adolescent to adult supports, truly taking on the motto “working together for strong communities.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

Trevor Darago

Found in 1981, Students Against Destructive Decisions is the nation’s premier youth health and safety organization. SADD works to empower teens, engage parents, mobilize communities, and change lives around the issues of traffic safety, substance abuse, and personal health and safety through a network of thousands of student-led school, college, and community-based chapters.

Teen Court

Natalie Keaton

Teen Court is a unique “second chance” justice program for youth between the ages of 11 and18 who are alleged to have committed a status offense or an act of delinquency which would be a misdemeanor if committed by an adult. Upon successful completion of the program charges against the defendant are dismissed.

In addition to the obvious benefit of interrupting a developing pattern of inappropriate behavior, the Teen Court program helps to reinforce self-esteem, provide motivation for self-improvement, and promote a healthy attitude toward authority. Teen Court addresses responsibility for one’s behavior and accountability to one’s community and peers and enhances respect for the judicial process. Each participant in Teen Court, whether a defendant, juror, bailiff, teen attorney, or adult volunteer; is involved in a positive and meaningful way.

The HRSA RHOP (Rural Health Opioid Program)

Beth Bailey

The HRSA RHOP (Rural Health Opioid Program) awarded funds to over 120 rural organizations to increase access to substance abuse prevention and treatment services serving rural populations across the country.

The WV Partnerships for Success (PFS)

Angela Watkins, Kathy Brunty, and Cheryl Jonese

The WV Partnerships for Success grant prevention program aims to decrease underage drinking, intravenous drug use, and marijuana use among high-risk WV students aged 9-20, through selective and indicated prevention strategies informed by the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF); local, state, and federal data; and targeted and culturally and age appropriate evidence-based practices (EBPs).

West Virginia has a solid prevention foundation, and this SPF-PFS grant builds upon the state’s existing prevention infrastructure to strengthen and create new partnerships, bolster the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW), and enhance the overall strategic prevention framework processes at the state, regional, and county levels. Partnerships include, but are not limited to colleges, child-serving agencies, schools, and behavioral health providers.The WV prevention workforce and other key stakeholders (law enforcement, schools, community members, youth serving groups, physicians, families, and more) will plan, implement and sustain effective and culturally relevant evidence-based prevention practices, programs and policies to address underage drinking, marijuana use and intravenous drug use among persons aged 9-20.

The Police Explorers Programs

Kathrn Kandas

The Police Explorers Programs in Princeton, Bluefield, Bramwell, & Athens connect youth to police officers in meaningful ways. The 6-week programs utilize Gracie’s Guide books to share age-appropriate prevention education information. Additionally, the programs aim to improve youth perception of law enforcement officers and discuss modern policing topics in a safe, welcoming environment

IdentoGO

Michelle Sparks

IdentoGO is the exclusive live scan fingerprinting provider for the State of West Virginia and is a certified FBI Channeling Agent. IdentoGO provides a wide range of identity-related services in safe, professional and convenient locations. Its primary service is the secure capture and transmission of electronic fingerprints for employment, certification, licensing and other verification purposes.Each year, the Community Connections location submits approximately 2500 background checks.

Princeton Renaissance Theater

Carin Prescott

The Princeton Renaissance Theater is the renovated space of the historic Lavon Theater, formerly the Royal Theater, which first opened in 1911. The building was purchased by Community Connections Inc. in 2013 as part of its mission to build strong communities and is located in the Grassroots District of downtown Princeton.

Its main purpose will be a movie theater, but it will also serve as a venue for live performances, studio area for artists, and space for educational art programs. A new community theater group, the Renaissance Players, has been formed and many of the group’s performances will take place in the Black Box Theater, located on the second floor of the building. Also included in the space will be the Bob Denver Museum and Little Buddy Radio satellite station.

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State Opioid Resource (SOR) program

Savanna Linkous

The State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant provides funding to address the opioid crisis in West Virginia. The first goal is to increase statewide access to evidence-based prevention and early intervention services by 20%, to reduce or support the number of individuals who initiate substance use such as stimulants, opioids, or nicotine product. Region 6 is made up of the following 11 counties in Southern West Virginia: Mercer, McDowell, Monroe, Wyoming, Summers, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas.

Coalition Engagements Specialists work to engage the sectors in the community to prevent substance use. Those sectors include but are not limited to: Youth, Parents, Business, Media,School, Youth-Serving Organizations, Law Enforcement, Religious/ Fraternal organizations, Civic/Volunteer groups, Healthcare Professionals, State, Local or Tribal Governmental agency with expertise in the field of substance use, and other organizations involved in reducing substance use. They bring needed resources to each county coalition through training, curriculum, and community education products. One of our newest curriculums is the SecondStep curriculum. This provides units on Social-Emotional, Bullying and Child Protection geared to 4 to 8-year-old population.