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Our coalition represents agencies, schools, government, businesses, families, and concerned citizens in Tompkins County, all working to reduce substance abuse among middle and high school youth through the use of effective, evidence-based programs and practices.


Upcoming events

The next meeting of the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 3:15 PM in the Bev Livesay room of the Human Services Building, 320 W. State/ML King Jr. St., Ithaca. Contact Stacy at 274-6288 for details.  All meetings are open to the public.

CCHY is hosting a non-competitive golf tournament fundraiser on June 3.  The event pairs one youth and one adult on a team, youth scholarships are available.  We can pair interested youth with interested adults if either is interested in participating but doesn't have a "partner."  We also seek hole sponsors and prize donations.  Please contact Janice at 274-5310.  Event information  Registration 

We are supporting a medication collection event on Saturday, April 29.  There are 3 location options.  Details.

Recent News

At our Oct. 22 medication collection event, 153 pounds of unwanted medications were collected from 49 people.  Thanks to all who came and who supported this event. 

April 20 - What is the connection between 4/20 and marijuana?  Details

Our third community forum on opioids focused on prescription drug, it took place on May 19 at the Ulysses Philomathic Library, Trumansburg.  Thanks to our panel members and to all who attended.

Mayor Myrick Releases The Ithaca Plan, Feb. 24, 2016

Today, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick released The Ithaca Plan which proposes significant changes to how the City of Ithaca addresses the problems of drugs and addiction.  Many community volunteers contributed over the past two years to the plan development, including a number of members from our Coalition.  While we may not support all of the Mayor’s recommendations, we are pleased that energy and focus are being given to these important issues and look forward to continuing to contribute to change in our community. 

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth (CCHY) formed in 1997 in response to the death of a student from heroin.  Since then, under various names and several managing entities, CCHY has worked to engage parents, youth, and community partners in reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. 

If you are interested in joining our efforts, please contact us at 274-5310. 

Community Forum on Heroin and Opioids:  Focus on Treatment 

Thank you to all who attended our forum on 1/28. A special thank you to our panel and moderator (l-r) Andy Taylor (STAP ECHO Program), Bill Rusen (Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services), Jacob Parker-Carver (moderator from Community Coalition for Healthy Youth), Judy Epstein (Ithaca Community Recovery/518)), Rob Brown (Ithaca Health Alliance), and Nicelee Hollenbeck (Alcohol & Drug Council). Ithaca Journal Article  IJ Article scanned   Ithaca Voice Article   The Heroin Epidemic (report from NYS Assembly Minority Taskforce)


Free presentations on underage drinking

Underage Drinking:  What you should know and what you can do about it

The presentation for parents and caring adults will:

-Provide Information – what influences young people to drink, impacts of underage drinking

-Offer Prevention Techniques – ways to keep youth from using alcohol

-Include Talking Points – tools to talk with youth about alcohol and consequences

-Provide Resources – a packet filled with resources to guide conversations about alcohol

The presentation is approximately 20 minutes in length and in that time participants can learn the tools to help cut underage drinking by 2/3!

Contact Kris at Tompkins County Youth Services, 274-5310, to schedule a session for your staff meeting, workplace, faith-based group, civic organization, coaches meeting, or other group!

Underage Drinking Tipline

To report an underage drinking party, please call the regional Underage Drinking Tipline at 1-800-851-1932.  The call will be routed to Tompkins County to the appropriate law enforcement agency who will respond.  Underage drinking can be dangerous or deadly. Underage drinking accounts for 11% of all alcohol consumed in the U.S. And 90% underage drinking is in the form of binge drinking.  Save a life!  Make the call!