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Community Resource Fair at St. Brendans

ADAPP Family Support Case Managers hosted a Community Resource Fair St. Brendan’s School, Bronx.


St Brendan community fair






Made possible by a grant through Fidelis Care.

Family Support Resource Database

Community resources are available for families in need of assistance. In addition, ACCESS NYC is an online public screening tool that you can use to determine the City, State, and Federal health and human service benefit programs for which you are potentially eligible to enroll. For families that live outside of NYC, you may use the similar screening tool myBenefits.

Click on the links below for resources in NYC.

BRONX Food Pantries and HRA Offices


MANHATTAN Food Pantries and HRA Offices


WESTCHESTER Food Pantries and HRA Offices

STATEN ISLAND Food Pantries and HRA Offices

This database is made possible through the support of Fidelis Care and the collaborative efforts of ADAPP, the Child Nutrition Program and Office of the Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of NY.


Helping Children with School Violence Resources

In light of the recent school shooting, please see the resource links below regarding helping children with school violence.

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Childhood Trauma Changing Minds – Witnessing Violence Can Change a Kid’s Mind. You can help them heal.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network  – Resources for Parents and Teachers on Child Traumatic Stress


Monitoring the Future 2017 Survey Results


Click Here for the Monitoring the Future 2017 Survey Results Infograph.



Job Opening

Social Worker

The Archdiocese of NY Drug Abuse Prevention Program, a school-based substance abuse prevention program, has an elementary school social worker position available in NYC. LCSW or LMSW. Exp w/youth & substance abuse prevention a plus. $44,000. Generous summer vacation, health benefits and excellent supervision and training. Email resume to:



“Alcohol and Prescription Painkillers” brochures

Below are links to “Alcohol and Prescription Painkillers” brochures in English, Russian and Spanish developed by NYC Department of Health.

Is Your Drinking Putting You at Risk-Brochure_English
Is Your Drinking Putting You at Risk-Brochure_Russian
Is Your Drinking Putting You at Risk-Brochure_Spanish

Prescription Painkillers-Brochure_English
Prescription Painkillers-Brochure_Russian
Prescription Painkillers-Brochure_Spanish

For more information visit NYC Health.


Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation to Ban E-Cigarettes on all school grounds in NYS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.750 / A.611), which will immediately ban the use of electronic cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in New York State. Click here for further information.



New Prevention Resources from the DEA

Operation Prevention, an initiative brought to you by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education aims to combat the growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use by educating students about the science behind addiction and its impacts on the brain and body.

Now there are more ways than ever before to kick start lifesaving conversations in the classroom and at home. Check out some of the newest resources from Operation Prevention:

  • The Science of Addiction Student Learning Module: Using the stories of 3 teens, this interactive module allows students to investigate the impacts of heroin and prescription opioids on the brain and body through a self-paced scientific exploration.
  • Elementary School Lesson: Joining the middle and high school lessons, Proactive Prevention, a new lesson and educator guide for an elementary school audience, explains how medications work in our bodies and why it is important to use them responsibly.
  • Extended Parent Toolkit: Now available with discussion starters for elementary age students.
  • Spanish Resources: Operation Prevention’s website, Parent Toolkit, and new learning module are now available in Spanish.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month


To view our newly added web pages on Mental Wellness Awareness click on the links below.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Wellness Resources



ADAPP After School Prevention Program

This spring, ADAPP counselor, Ms. Jessica Pforte ran an After School prevention program at Most Precious Blood School.  As part of the curriculum, students learned the benefits of practicing gratitude in their everyday lives. Students then created their own “Gratitude Gardens” through coloring and designing flowers that stated what they were grateful for on the flower petals. Once completed on  poster boards, the students presented their gratitude gardens and were encouraged to bring them home to display in their rooms to help them practice gratitude and thankfulness each morning.

Most precious blood photo 2Most precious blood photo 1












Expert Views: E-Cigarettes – National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse


New from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

Today we launched a new online resource, Expert Views: E-Cigarettes, to help parents discern fact from fiction about e-cigarettes, vaping and tobacco replacement products.

Our Center developed this new resource because, for the first time, more teens are using e-cigarettes and other vaping products than smoking cigarettes. And, as emphasized by the Surgeon General, much of the information available to the public about the use, risks and benefits of e-cigarettes and other vaping products is inconsistent, inaccurate and confusing.




Helping New Yorkers in Crisis – NYC Well



Everybody needs help sometimes.
Whatever you are dealing with, you don’t have to do it alone.

NYC Well

English: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)

NYC Well is New York City’s free, confidential support, crisis intervention, and information and referral service for anyone seeking help for mental health and/or substance misuse concerns, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. NYC Well is staffed by trained professionals who can help you find the services that best meet your needs.

Call NYC Well
English: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), Press 2
Call 711 (Relay Service for Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
Español: 1-888-692-9355, Press 3
中文: 1-888-692-9355, Press 4
Interpreters are available for 200+ languages. Stay on the line, and you will be connected with a counselor who can connect you to translator services.

NYC Well Counselors are trained to accept calls from hearing impaired individuals using Video Relay Services.

Text NYC Well
Text WELL to 65173
A service for NYC residents, available 24/7/365. Text anytime!
For English, when prompted text 1
For Spanish, when prompted text 2
For Chinese, when prompted text 3
Interpreters are available for 200+ languages. Call 1-888-NYC-WELL to be connected with a counselor who can connect you to translator services.

Chat with a Counselor Now
If you need support and prefer to chat, NYC Well Chat is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Click here to chat now.

In danger or need immediate medical attention? Call 911 Now



Bullying Prevention Awareness


Rosemarie Marronaro, ADAPP Counselor at Our Lady Star of the Sea and Our Lady Queen of Peace on Staten Island coordinated a variety of activities on Bullying Prevention Awareness.

Students at Our Lady Queen of Peace made an anti bullying poster with pledges that will be displayed in the school hallway. Students in grades 1 to 8 at Our Lady Star of the Sea took an anti-bullying pledge, grades 5 through 8 participated in classroom lessons about bullying prevention and the 6th grade students pictured here made a Say Boo to Bullying Poster that will be hung in the lunchroom.









Jackie Imbemba, ADAPP Counselor at St. John Villa on Staten Island, teamed up with the Art Teacher to coordinate anti bullying art projects. Students displayed their projects on the school bulletin board in the cafeteria.














Jeanette Mazzarella, ADAPP Counselor at St. Mary School in Wappingers Falls, hosted a Bully and Substance Use Prevention Assembly Program on October 25th, 2016 entitled, United We Stand Against Bullying and Drugs.

Students in all grades signed a school-wide Bully Prevention banner, recited Bully Rules, signed No-Substance Use pledges, and participated in role plays, activities, a school-wide poster contest and received bookmarks. Younger grades participated in a puppet show.

Mrs. Donna DiMaio Rooney, author of Dani and the Day the Bully Changed Everything, led a visual and interactive session with all grades about her book as part of the day’s events.











Get Smart About Drugs

Get Smart About Drugs is a website that the DEA provides information about common drugs, as well as the latest news and statistics about them.

Suicide Prevention Intervention Resources


Mental health refers to social, emotional and psychological well being. While most children and teens will experience feelings of sadness and anxiety at some point, prolonged feelings of emotional distress or changes in behavior may signal the need for additional help.

Below are some resources that provide more information for school personnel, parents and students: provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health
and mental health problems information
SPRC serves individuals, groups, and organizations that play important roles
in suicide prevention
Provides resources and information about mental health and suicide prevention
KSOC-TV is a web-based technical assistance program featuring behavioral health
experts discussing cutting edge issues in children’s mental health


Click link below to print out flyer.
Suicide Prevention Resources





Anti-Bullying at St. Mary’s School, Bronx

BronxNet, a local television station, joined Tiffany Young, ADAPP Counselor, Ms. Bulfamante, Principal and students at St. Mary School, Bronx for a very successful Anti-Bullying Day.




Talk2Prevent Conversation Starters


Talk2Prevent Conversation Starters

Today, Tomorrow and Always – “Don’t Ever Stop Talking” download the PDF for Conversation Starters.






Combat Heroin & Prescription Drug Abuse


NEW VIDEOS HELP PARENTS, EDUCATORS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND YOUNG PEOPLE DISCUSS DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOID ABUSE AND HEROIN USE. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of a new ‘Kitchen Table Toolkit Discussion Guide‘ and Guidelines Community Forums Toolkit as part of the New York State Combat Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse campaign. This toolkit features two new videos which can be used by parents, teachers and community members to help begin conversations with youth concerning the health risks and dangerous consequences of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. “Talking about substance abuse and the disease of addiction can be a difficult conversation, but it can be a life-saving one,” SAID GOVERNOR CUOMO. “This toolkit is a valuable resource for communities, school districts, and families across our state to help start serious conversations about the disease of addiction and the inherent dangers of drug use and experimentation.”

The videos, available on the State’s Combat Heroin website, feature real accounts of individuals in recovery who share their personal stories of denial, the progression of substance use, and the impact addiction had on their lives and the lives of their families. The first video is focused on helping viewers at community forums, school personnel, PTA meetings, and in other group settings understand the prevalence of addition and how its impact knows no boundaries. The second video features testimonials from young people who share intimate details about the impact addiction has had on their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. Additional materials are available on the website to help guide public discussions on these topics.

Is Your Medicine Cabinet Safe?
Prescription Safety
Facts on Heroin and Prescription Opioids
Synthetics – What you should know/What you should do

Younger Driver Traffic Safety Toolkit

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today announced that resources are available to help young people stay safe as graduation season gets into full swing including a free toolkit to help young drivers.

“One life lost on graduation weekend is one too many,” said Department of Motor Vehicles Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan.  “There are a number of resources offered by state agencies that parents, youth and educators can take advantage of to learn how to play it safe this graduation season and summer.”

GTSC implements a number of programs and activities targeting teen drivers, including the production of a Younger Driver Tool Kit that serves as a one stop resource center of materials useful to traffic safety partners who work with new and young drivers.

Treating Trauma Conference Handouts

Click on the links below for handouts from speakers who attended the “Treating Trauma in Children and Adolescents” Fordham Conference.

Trauma and Resilience – A Parenting Perspective

Fordham Trauma Conference-Straus





St. Denis-St. Columba Bullying Video

"ADAPP Counselor, along with St. Denis-St. Columba School's Task Force created, performed in and filmed a video to help prevent bullying while emphasizing Catholic virtues and positive affirmations."   St. Denis-St. Columba Bullying Video 

Scholastic: OTC Literacy – Resources for Educators and Families


OTC Literacy for Educators
A critical approach to educating fifth and sixth-grade students about medicine safety. Modeled after the FDA’s “Medicines in My Home” program. OTC Literacy was specifically created for use by 5th- and 6th-grade teachers and students. The program teaches safe medicine use to children before self-medication begins. Now in year 2, it provides even more resources to better equip educators, school nurses, and families with knowledge about responsible over-the-counter medicine use and storage.


OTC Literacy for Families
Support materials and information for families to use at home.




ADAPP Counselor’s 1st Anti-Bullying Newsletter

Anti-Bullying Task Force Newsletter 1 
ADAPP Counselor along with St. Denis-St. Columba School Task Force put together this newsletter to bring awareness to how bullying can affect one’s feelings.


Project ALERT in the Bronx—A Counselor’s Story

Project ALERT in the Bronx—A Counselor’s Story

My name is Simone Crichlow and I am the ADAPP Counselor at Saint Joseph School located in the Bronx, New York. ADAPP stands for the Archdiocese Drug Abuse Prevention Program. In my role as ADAPP Counselor, I provide individual and group counseling services as well as substance abuse prevention education to the students.

Over the six years I have been a counselor at the school, I have utilized the Project ALERT curriculum several times. This school year I worked with the two sixth grade classes at the school. Following the lesson, which asks students to identify social pressures and discuss substance marketing and advertising, I, with the support of the teachers Ms. Bonet and Ms. Cartagena, tasked the students with creating anti-cigarette smoking, marijuana smoking, and alcohol consumption ads. I encouraged the students to be creative and think out of the box. That they did!

What impressed me further was the suggestion by the students for them to present their projects to the seventh and eighth grade students. They wanted to raise the level of awareness about being alcohol and drug free for their peers, which was absolutely awesome. I was thinking to do the exact same thing. This idea came to fruition through the support of our principal, Janine Hughes.

As a result of the project presentations, I was able to do a brief question and answer session with the seventh and eighth grade students. The principal, teachers, and myself were pleased with the students’ efforts.

I encouraged the sixth grade students to take what they have learned in Project ALERT as well as from the research they conducted in order to complete their projects and educate others. Project ALERT is a fantastic program that has easy to teach, informative lessons combined with visual tools (posters and DVDS) that enhance the students’ learning experience.

-Simone Crichlow


National Drug Facts Week Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Let’s Shatter the Myths about Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is holding the third annual National Drug Facts Week from January 27 – February 2, 2014. Taking part in National Drug Facts Week means you have the opportunity to help shatter the myths about drug use for teens.

Every day, teens are bombarded with conflicting messages that may leave them feeling confused and unsure of who to ask for information about drug use. With 7.4% of teens reporting abuse of prescription drugs in the past year and 22.6% of 12th graders reporting using marijuana in the past month, it’s crucial to reach teens with the facts.

There are plenty of ways to get involved in National Drug Facts Week. You can:

  • Host a local event in your community — don’t forget to register it online
  • Distribute the Drugs: Shatter the Myths booklet to teens
  • Take the National Drug IQ Challenge, which is updated each year
  • Become a social media partner

For more ideas and the latest news, visit the National Drug Facts Week website