News & Announcements

School Resources

Pam Richard, Social Worker
Gilbert H. Hood Middle School

Community Alliance for Teen Safety is an integral part of our Greater Derry Community. The amazing staff and volunteers at CATS encourage strong family connections and youth education around at-risk behaviors.
Developmentally, it is expected for our middle and high school students to move toward independence but they still need our guidance on this personal journey. CATS provides this guidance. In order to combat the media, music genre and social milieu of “anything goes” that surrounds our children…CATS is a shining light of healthy and positive choices for our children.

As a school social worker, I have seen the devastation of poor choices and lack of education that many of our children have faced with irreversible and life changing consequences. I also see the positive and leadership choices that many of our children are capable of making and do make! I am proud to be a partner with CATS in helping our families and our youth move toward becoming productive and happy adults. Our children are just incredible.

Our Derry Cooperative School District’s mission is to create a safe and successful learning environment for all students; one that fosters challenging situations, promotes self-worth, encourages learning as a lifelong activity, and produces healthy young adults who will contribute to society. I assure you we cannot accomplish this mission alone.

Our ongoing partnership with Community Alliance for Teen Safety is an essential ingredient needed for our children’s success.



Public Hearings for NH’s Budget

WHAT: Public hearing dates have been announced for the NH budget!

ACTION: This is, by far, our most important chance in a generation to reduce drug and alcohol problems in New Hampshire. Make this a priority. If we come together as people who care about drug and alcohol problems we can have a tremendous impact.

Please choose one of the hearings to attend, get a sticker to show your support, and SPEAK OUT. YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Testimony should be two minutes or less.

Learn More!

House Bills 1 and 2 are New Hampshire’s budget bills and establish spending for state fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

Prevention, treatment, and recovery need to remain a priority in the State Budget. The budget currently includes funding that:
• triples funding to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
• reauthorizes the NH Health Protection Program
• extends the substance abuse benefit to the existing Medicaid population

Let’s make sure the funding STAYS in the budget!

Sarah Sadowski
Community Engagement Director
New Futures
603-225-9540 Ext. 104

Peer Support Groups for Parents of Children, Teens and Young Adults with Substance Use Issues

F.A.S.T.E.R. Parent Support Group
(Families Advocating Substance Treatment, Education & Recovery)

Are you concerned about your child’s use of alcohol or other drugs?

  • Free
  • Confidential
  • Comprised of Peers
  • Respectful of others’ views
  • Accepting of chemical dependency as a treatable disease of the brain
  • Always hopefulBeginning Feb. 3rd, 2015
    The group is held every Tuesday
    6:30pm – 8:00pm at Birch Heights, Kendall Pond Road, Derry NH
    Contact Denyce at (603) 247-7322 for more information
    Walk-Ins Welcome

Groups are supported by a contract with N.H. Department of Health and Human Services with funds from U.S.D.H.H.S. The groups are a program of The Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative with New Futures and are funded by a SAMHSA, System of Care Grant, through the Division of Children, Youth and Families.

New Substance Abuse Tx Locator

Read the PDF from NH DHHS.

This Treatment Locator will be a great resource for individuals and
healthcare providers being able to identify substance use disorder treatment
services available in different areas of the state and for providers to be
able to readily upload their information to this site. The treatment locator
includes a feature for users to filter SUD services by modality, such as
withdrawal management, outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential,
medication assisted treatment and recovery support services.
This tool includes a geo-mapping feature that allows users to identify
particular types of services available within user defined mile ranges from
their location. Individuals using the treatment locator are able to click on
providers icons that supplies them with information about the different SUD
services provided, types of insurance accepted as well as their location and
contact information.



New Hands-Free Law

NH’s New Hands Free Electronic Device Law Goes into Effect on July 1, 2015!

What does this mean?

  • No use of hand held electronic devices capable of providing voice or data
    communication while driving or temporarily halted in traffic for a stop sign or
    traffic signal or other momentary delays
  • This includes cell phones, GPS, tablets, iPods, iPads or other devices that require
    data entry
  • Emergency calls to 911 or other public safety agencies will be allowed
  • Bluetooth or other hands-free electronic devices will be allowed
  • One hand non-cellular 2-way radio use will be allowed
  • Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices
    (hand held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be
    subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.

Why is the NH Law Important?

  • During the past 4 years, 116 fatal crashes in New Hampshire were caused by
  • The increasing use of electronic devices is fast becoming the primary distraction
  • While texting, a driver is 23 times more likely to crash
  • Sending or receiving a text distracts the driver for almost 5 seconds
  • At 50 miles per hour, we travel longer than the length of a football field during
    that 5 seconds
  • Even dialing a phone number increases the risk of crashing by 3 times.

Penalties for Violations

1st Offense…………………………… $100 fine
2nd Offense…………………………. $250 fine
3rd Offense within 2 years………. $500 fine
Penalty assessments will be added to the fines

Heroin Crisis in NH

County-wide Forum addresses the Heroin Crisis

David Kelley, Deputy Director of the New England HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), talks about the heroin crisis before an audience of 200 at the Heroin in Rockingham County forum held in December at Sanborn Regional High School. Guest panelists included Pat Conway, Rockingham County Atty; Joe Harding, Director of BDAS; Tim Lena, SAP Coordinator for Timberlane School District; Tricia Lucas, Advocacy Director for New Futures; Eric Spofford, Founder/CEO of Granite house; Dr. Patti Shea, Director Clinical Operations Hampstead Hospital; Major Darin Melanson, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office; Chief Donald Briggs, Kingston PD. The forum was presented with support and collaboration of the Derry, Manchester and Seacoast regional public health networks, local coalitions and many local and state partners.

CATS produces Heroin series with Derry CTV

To raise awareness of the heroin crisis impacting Derry and communities across NH, CATS produced, in partnership with Derry Community Television, a series of shows that focused on the medical/recovery, family, law enforcement, and state medical examiner’s perspectives.

Safe Driving Reminders

CATS celebrates and recognizes community efforts to encourage teens to make safe driving choices. Pinkerton Academy reminded students to wear their seat belts with signs that were displayed on campus and at the student parking areas. The Derry Fire Department placed their electronic sign in the student parking lot during September with messages about the dangers of texting while driving.