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Bringing Communities Together: A New Vision for Helping Individuals and Families Impacted by Substance Use and Mental Health Issues

  • The New School 65 West 11th Street (Wollman Hall) New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Join us for a panel discussion and town hall-style meeting focusing on how substance use and mental health issues impact individuals and their families.  We are bringing communities together to create a new vision and approach to help those who confront those issues every day.

Meeting Goals and Agenda

  • Opportunity to network, gather resources and information
  • Discussion of “school to prison pipeline”
  • Exploration of what reality-based education will look like in school and clinical settings
  • Offer empowering approaches for more effective parenting of substance using children
  • Information about harm reduction psychotherapy and alternatives to abstinence-only approaches
  • Discussion of supervised injection facilities and overdose prevention initiatives
  • Needs assessment and process for thinking together about next steps
  • Q & A, participants will be able to submit questions ahead of time for discussion


Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

Carol Katz Beyer

Barry Lessin, M.Ed.

Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)

Jerry Otero, MA

Tamara Oyola-Santiago

Daniel Raymond


Drug Policy Alliance

Families for Sensible Drug Policy

Harm Reduction Coalition

LEAP:  Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

The Center for Optimal Living

The New School for Social Research- Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling

Register here.