Kent County Prevention Coalition

Coventry • East Greenwich • Exeter West Greenwich • Warwick • West Warwick

About Us

The Kent Prevention Coalition’s mission is to build a healthier community by preventing and reducing harmful substance use behaviors in Kent County, focusing on youth. The vision is to promote a healthier community for all by developing a substance abuse prevention system that fills gaps in services, prioritizes resources and reduces overlap.

We have incredibly committed members representing youth, parents,  schools, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, law enforcement, Rotary, healthcare providers and more!  Together, we work to put in place evidence based prevention programs and policies to help prevent and reduce youth substance use.

Check out our latest PSAs!

We are so excited to bring back our It Starts With You Campaign! This campaign started 7 years ago and is being brought back with a new generation of kids! The message is the same: It still starts with you at home to talk and listen to your children. This was all possible due to a strong community partnership! Thank you to all who helped create this Cali Cranston PD Page, Cranston Substance Abuse Task Force, Kent County YMCARI Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals, Cranston, RI Police Department, Sky Sabin Productions LLC  

When COVID 19 arrived prevented us from meeting in person, the coalitions quickly leaned into creative and innovative ways to get our messaging to parents and partners.  We also knew how important connection is for all of us.  So, we relied on the technology at hand and began what we thought might be a brief placeholder – a podcast. We checked in weekly with our prevention partners to see how they continued to deliver services.   Our gratitude is too deep to express for the opportunity to work with such amazing individuals.  The field of prevention is rich with talented, dedicated and committed folks who are working incredibly hard to make a difference in our communities.

 We are now calling this project, Building Connections.  We continue to shine the light on all of the amazing prevention work taking place in RI!  Thanks for listening!

Building Connections! - Podcast

New Episode:

Hidden in Plain Sight!

Hidden in Plain Sight allows parents a unique interactive opportunity to look into a teen’s mock bedroom. The room is full of common household items that could be used to hide or disguise drug, alcohol, tobacco use or other “risky” behaviors.  

Please take the time to talk to your teen about the items you see – use this as a way to launch a conversation about substance use among peers.  Check it out here!

PAWSitive Playbook

Meet PAWS, the guide to this PAWSitively great activity book! This elementary-aged book promotes healthy lifestyles and substance use prevention strategies while having the young ones complete fun activities such as mazes, word search, and coloring! Check out the playbook with your kids and “pause” to get to know yourself a little better!

Congratulations Parents! You’ve survived all those 2am feedings, toddler temper tantrums, the “I’m not eating THAT” and “you’re not wearing THAT” battles. So why does the word “teenager” cause you so much worry?

The teen years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but emotionally and intellectually. So it’s completely understandable that, at times, parents may have feelings of confusion, frustration and sometimes being overwhelmed.

We have created this guide to help ease you through this time!   Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Raising Healthy Teens- Newsletter

Talk Early. Talk Often and Listen.

It could be as simple as talking early and talking often.  The campaign is organized to educate and empower parents and caregivers to have ongoing conversations with the young people in their lives around drugs and alcohol. 

Thanks to Dr. Paul Mangino, Jr, his daughter Sofia, Maureen Gouveia and Izzy Boullier  – all coalition members!   Credit to SkySabin productions

#Stay In Your Lane!

Our Coventry Task Force Leaders, Dana Daverna and Katelyn Bianco, worked to create this amazing PSA reminding youth about the risks of impaired driving.


Big shout out to the cool folks at Gnarly Bay! for this gem!

Mental Health Resources

We have created a Linktree that contains school and local resources regarding mental health found within Kent County and the state. Check it out!

Contact Us

Regional Director
Kathy Sullivan

ksullivan@risas.org
Partnership for Success
Cyndi Rego
crego@risas.org
Drug Free Community Grant Coordinator
Danielle Jahnke
djahnke@risas.org
Project Coordinator        Incredible Years 
Tamar Dalce Coles tcoles@risas.org

Monthly Meetings

KCPC Monthly Meetings

Our Community Coalitions

The Collaborative

Mike Fratus
mfratus@comcap.org

West Warwick Prevention Coalition

Astrid Meijer, M.Ed, APS
ameijer.wwpc@gmail.com

Coventry Substance Abuse Task Force

Dana Daverna
DDeverna@comcap.org

WellnessCoalition

Exeter West Greenwich Wellness Coalition

Paul Mangino, Jr
paulmanginojr@outlook.com

East Greenwich Academy Foundation

Bob Houghtaling 
rhoughtaling2@verizon.net