Hello Everyone! The winter is unending, but really exciting things have been happening in the Safe Schools, Safe Streets universe!!! I traveled to Washington DC with Christine Nosel,(our grant manager), to attend the 25th CADCA conference! Filled with learning, a lot about marijuana legalization discussion, and meeting our Representatives and Senators in support of continued funding of the Drug Free Communities Program! Arriving back, we got busy!!!Talking collectively about social access to substances in our community, discussion with the Greenfield Board of Health re: raising the smoking age in Greenfield to 21, and banning flavored tobaccos sold in our town including e-cigarettes! We also spent a day admonishing our legislators in Boston for cutting the grant funding that would have allowed us to hire a Substance Abuse Counselor for 3 years! It was hectic! As we move toward Spring, please check here for updates! Last evening we has a fabulous meeting with the Health and Safety Sub-Committee of the School Board to ask if we could move SBIRT(Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) into our High School Health Screening Program! Looks like it might happen, still waiting for the result of the meeting, but our school board members were supportive and inquisitive! An excellent meeting! Next Coalition Meeting will be on March 12, 2015!!! Hope to see you there!