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Drug and Substance Misuse/Abuse/Addiction

Drug and Substance Abuse is the recurrent use of illegal drugs, or the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs with negative consequences. These consequences may involve:

  • Problems at work, school, home or in interpersonal relationships
  • Problems with the law
  • Physical risks that come with using drugs in dangerous situation.

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Partnership for Drug Free Kids - Parent Tool Kit

Whether your child is toddling through preschool, meandering through middle school or cruising through his ’20s -- this website provides tips for raising drug-free kids.

The Partnership's complete Drug Guide for Parents is now available for quick and easy reference as a mobile app for Android phones and iPhones. Access vital information on drugs most commonly abused by teens — marijuana, prescription medicine, Ecstasy, alcohol, cocaine and more — including photos, slang terms and short- and long-term effects.

The free mobile app also includes quick links to connect you with a parent support specialist via our Helpline, and other essential resources to help families navigate — and prevent — teen drug and alcohol abuse.


Prevention Counseling and Treatment Programs

Use the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) Provider and Program Search to find chemical dependence prevention and treatment programs near you. This tool allows you to narrow your search to your desired location or search by provider name or program type. Results are provided on screen, in PDF format or in a spreadsheet.


Regional Addiction Resources

This website provides links to support groups and resources for individuals in recovery, as well as information for their family and friends. Participation in these recovery programs is free.

Find information on:

  • Recovery Centers
  • Clubhouses
  • Centers of Treatment Innovation
  • Open Access Centers
  • Peer Engagement Specialists
  • Family Support Navigators
  • Regional Addiction Resources Centers



This website provides resources and tools to help parents talk early and often with their kids regarding alcohol, it’s dangers, their expectations and consequences. Teens report that often the biggest influences in their lives are their parents and family. This website also contains media graphics, PSA's for community coalitions.


Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP)

A Special Education Technical Assistance Partnership, or TAP, is a funded contract located within an institute of higher education that serves two primary purposes: provide tools and resources for families and professionals, as well as provide direct support to the professionals within the OSE Educational Partnership. The five TAPs include Data, Transition, Behavior, Academics, and Equity.


Transition Age Youth

This Transition Age Youth web page provides numerous links to a broad range of transition resources. Some of the topics include:

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Communication Skills
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Disability Disclosure
  • Finances
  • Health Care
  • Housing
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Resiliency
  • Youth Peer Advocacy


Westchester Community Mental Health Services Directory

The Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) works with a broad range of local providers to address issues of mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities and alcohol and substance abuse for Westchester County. 


This federal website provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth on a wide range of topics.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council