Town among 15 nationwide selected for addiction response program
Updated 2:56 pm, Friday, March 24, 2017
NEW CANAAN — New Canaan has been selected as one of 15 communities around the country to participate in a pilot program to reform public response to the addiction crisis.
Jacqueline D’Louhy, the New Canaan Youth and Family Services coordinator, submitted an application on behalf of the New Canaan Coalition “to help shift personal stigma about addiction and accept the reality that it is a public health crisis and our community needs to band together.”
New Canaan was chosen with larger cities like Chicago and Baton Rouge, La., by Facing Addiction, a national recovery-based nonprofit, to work to reform addiction via a grassroots campaign strategy.
Facing Addiction will work with participating communities to secure local funding to address addiction, train advocates to reform community response, work with elected officials and policy makers, provide media guidance and develop a campaign strategy to address addiction.
“As addiction to alcohol and other drugs now impacts one in three households in America, we must urgently work to turn the tide on this health crisis. We received over 50 applications from communities across the country for this program,” said Greg Williams, Facing Addiction’s co-founder and executive vice president, in a statement. “We are excited about the prospect of working to train, organize and mobilize citizens in New Canaan to ensure a shift toward a public, health-centered response to those impacted by addiction.”
Other communities chosen to participate in the program include Annapolis, Md., Fitchburg, Mass., Rochester, N.Y., San Diego and Springfield, Mo.