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Connecticut’s National Prevention Week Planning Committee, including state and local organizations, and communities, are celebrating this observance (May 8-14, 2022) with a K-12 student art contest, among other activities. Selected submissions will be featured in a prevention-themed coloring book, available to residents across the state.

About the Contest
All (K-12) students in Connecticut are encouraged to submit black-and-white artwork for a coloring book using Connecticut’s National Prevention Week mascot, “Starfish Stella.” Submissions must be linked to a theme from the eight categories of developmental assets, including: Support, Commitment to Learning, Empowerment, Positive Values, Boundaries and Expectations, Social Competencies, Constructive Use of Time, and Positive Identity.

Rules and Selection
Up to three winners will be selected, and they will receive two tickets to the Connecticut National Prevention Week (NPW) event on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut. All qualifying submissions will be posted on the National Prevention Week webpage on the Connecticut Clearinghouse website, and winning artwork will be featured at the NPW Event.

For an Art Contest Submission Form, Submission Guidelines, and Parental/Guardian Consent Forms, click here.

All forms and entries must be completed, signed, scanned, and submitted by email to Agnes Skowron at, no later than 5 pm on April 4, 2022.

For more information and questions, please contact Connecticut Clearinghouse at (800) 232-4424, or

National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week (NPW) is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. Communities make prevention happen every day – not just during NPW – and NPW is the perfect time to promote and celebrate prevention activities and resources in our communities.

The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs; foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.

NPW in Connecticut is coordinated by a Planning Committee that is led by Wheeler’s Connecticut Clearinghouse and includes: the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), The Governor’s Prevention Partnership (GPP), the Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Service Center (TTASC), Regional Behavioral Health Action Organizations (RBHAOs), and Local Prevention Councils and other coalitions serving Connecticut communities.

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Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. While the Department’s prevention services serve all Connecticut citizens, its mandate is to serve adults (over 18 years of age) with psychiatric or substance use disorders, or both, who lack the financial means to obtain such services on their own. Visit the DMHAS website at

Connecticut Clearinghouse
Connecticut Clearinghouse is a statewide library and resource center for information on substance use and mental health disorders, prevention and health promotion, treatment and recovery, wellness, and other related topics. Materials from its specialized library and resource center are available to Connecticut families, teachers, students, professionals, communities, and children. A program of Wheeler’s Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery, Connecticut Clearinghouse is funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more:

Change the Script Mobile Resource Van
The Change the Script mobile resource van is an element of the statewide opioid prevention campaign managed by Wheeler’s Connecticut Clearinghouse and funded by DMHAS. The van includes materials on opioid and other drug prevention, treatment, and recovery resources, as well as a broad range of other mental health and wellness resources.

Wheeler provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages health, recovery, and growth at all stages of life. Our integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education and recovery creates measurable results, positive outcomes, and hopeful tomorrows for more than 50,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. Learn more: