CASA Fall Prevention Programs Focus on Addiction, Recovery & Communication

The fall marks a pivotal time for substance abuse prevention and education with September commemorating Recovery Month and October National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.  With mental health issues and substance use prevalent in every community, education and communication is key to helping parents, residents and youth recognize the signs of addiction, understand how to seek help as well as support the overall wellness of our families.

Manhasset CASA’s fall education programs highlight addiction and recovery from both a parent and young adult’s perspective.  In addition, opioid education and naloxone training will be available during CASA’s Red Ribbon Week Community education program.  Red Ribbon Week celebrates our nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention and awareness campaign and will be held in Manhasset from Saturday, October 21st through Sunday, October 29th.  The red ribbon is a symbol of our commitment to the education and the prevention of substance abuse. Throughout Manhasset, elementary school families and residents will display red ribbons outside their homes to support the campaign.

Family communication is also crucial whether our children are five or eighteen.  Working with the Manhasset Public Library, CASA will host Active Parenting NOW for parents with children in grades K-6 and Active Parenting for Teens for parents with teens in grades 7-12.  All programs will be facilitated by Tim Jahn, M.ED of the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Family Health & Wellness Program. The programs provide parents with the skills they need to meet today’s challenges of raising children and teens and are sponsored by the Honorable Jack M. Martins, Manhasset CASA and the Manhasset Public Library.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:30 a.m. SCA Joint Parent Council Meeting at Munsey Park School

K-6 Parent Red Ribbon Week Presentation: Internet Safety: What Every Parent Should Know features retired Nassau County Police Officer Sharon Galvin who will address internet safety, inappropriate texting, as well as importance of parent communication regarding limits to social media use by adolescents. No sign up required.

 Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Manhasset High School

Forgiving Kevin: Losing a Son to the Opioid Epidemic features Larry Glenz, a lacrosse, football and wrestling coach who was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame.  It is the true story of a father/son’s relationship that withstood seven years of addiction, recovery and relapse.  Following the program, the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) will provide opioid education and Naloxone training.  All can participate in the training but you must be 18 or older to receive a naloxone kit. Registration is required through CASA’s website at or directly at

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:30 p.m. (High School Students) 5:30 p.m. (Middle School Students)

Speak Sobriety featuring Stephen Hill: Elevated to play on his junior varsity lacrosse team in 8th grade, Stephen Hill was introduced to drugs and alcohol by older peers. He started drinking and smoking his freshman year of high school, and his life quickly spiraled out of control. Before long, he was addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. Parents are welcome. No signup required.

Active Parenting for Teens: 3 part series for parents (grades 7-12)

Thursdays: November 2, 9, and 16 at Manhasset Public Library at 10:45 a.m.

Parents will learn how to communicate effectively with teens, understand a teen’s goals, avoid power struggles and provide teens the tools to behave in a responsible way. Registration is required through CASA’s website at or directly at

Active Parenting NOW: A 3 part series for parents (grades K-6)

Thursdays: November 16 & 30 and December 14 at Manhasset Public Library at 7:00 p.m.

The video-based parent education series features Tim Jahn, M.Ed of the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Family Health & Wellness Program. The programs will address how to improve communication with our children, teach responsibility and other important values, cope with difficult topics such as drugs, bullying and sex, and encourage our children to be their best.

Since 2001, Manhasset CASA has existed as a resource to reduce youth substance use.  CASA seeks to reach teens before they are in trouble, by connecting parents, schools and the community as partners in the common goal.  For more information about CASA’s fall programs, go to  You can also like them on Facebook!