Families of SHS graduates will receive a special item in the mail this July.

A SHS Mailing from Prinicpal Wargo with tips for preparing to transition to college and other post-HS living situations. Also, a specially printed brochure from Scituate FACTS to have a very specific conversation about binge drinking and expectations and safety this summer. And a CHOICES Card from the family of PJ Steverman.

If you would like to receive a copy for your graduate, pelase contact us at facts@scituatema.gov




Every 7th grade student created an instagram ad sharing a personal reason not to use substances. Highlights of this year’s Gates Aware campaign may be viewed here. Please follow @scituateFACTS (our youth instagram account) for more good news!





School and community-based groups are offered in Scituate in April, May and July. Click flyer for more information-






Scituate FACT and South Shore Peer Recovery are seeking teams to help clean up the Driftway on Saturday, April 27th!4.27.19.FACTSShipShape

Meet up at Widow’s Walk parking lot for supplies.

We are collecting alcohol nips, bottles, and cans separately to create visual awareness of alcohol misuse in the community. Even if you are cleaning up another area of town – feel free to drop off the empties with us here,


Printable sheet of local resources for families.


Explanation of the different levels of care, how to navigate the system in general, may be found on drugfree.org – Print their treatment ebook here!AdolescentTreatmentEbook

PromandGradGuide_Under the Right Influence.2019

Latest guide for families for Prom and Graduation season! Read more about Social Host Law.



Click presentation link to learn more!

Scituate FACTS: Improving Access to Mental Health Care through Interface


The Town of Scituate has contracted with William James College to offer the Interface Referral Service to residents since September 2014. As of November 30, 2018, 283 Scituate individuals have been helped through Interface. The vast majority of individuals served so far have been adolescents, and most callers found out about the service through Scituate Public Schools. FACTS Co-chair Annmarie Galvin explained, “An overarching goal as a community coalition is to connect more residents to help – for substance use and other behavioral problems, including stress, anxiety, and life changes. Interface is a reliable way to connect people to the counseling and support we all need at one time or another.”


The Scituate FACTS Coalition determined to make more agencies and individuals aware of the free, confidential match service through a recent redesign project. For one thing, there have been very few
callers that learned about the service through their primary care provider, a clear opportunity for improvement. We worked with stakeholders in primary care to update the materials to make them more user-friendly. Elise Crichfield of Cohasset Family Practice was part of the redesign team. She shared, ”As a Nurse Practitioner working in a busy primary care practice, it’s great to be able to give my patients the Interface info to decrease the confusion and intimidating path to finding a mental health provider that suits their needs.”


Based on feedback from referrers and past users of the service, FACTS worked to include more information about how the Interface referral service works onto the information card. The group wanted to add warm photos of people, as opposed to images of the service they were contacting, to encourage help-seeking. Finally, FACTS wanted to create a standalone item, a Rack Card that can be utilized in primary care offices and other locations, in addition to schools. A local graphic designer incorporated these changes to create fresh printed materials.

Scituate High School students previewed the effort in January. Volunteers worked with Scituate FACTS to assemble packages of Altoids mints. A custom tag read “You are stronger than you think” and included healthy coping strategies along with the Interface Helpline information. These were distributed among more than 800 students at school as part of a week-long mental health promotion initiative called Stress Less Laugh More.

Now, FACTS is excited to launch the service to all community members through a new marketing push. Please share online announcements and keep your eyes peeled for new Take One, Flyers and Posters. How the Interface Referral Service works:


  1. Intake: Plan for 15-20 minutes. When you call, you will be asked to complete a confidential intake. You will be asked for some basic contact information, information about yourself or
    your family member, your insurance, and your availability to meet with someone, and general information about what you are concerned about. You may make special requests, such as proximity to home, or gender preference of providers.
  1. Making a match:  INTERFACE will begin to search for a match by utilizing a tailored search process to find the service you have requested. Within a few days, you can expect to hear back with an update on the status of their research.
  2. Providing matches:  Within two weeks (usually less), INTERFACE will provide the following information for one or more counselors/providers: the provider’s name, credentials, location, and phone number. You will make your first appointment directly with the counselor.
  3. Following-Up:   INTERFACE will follow up in a few weeks to see if you have been able to connect with the counselor(s), and if so, how it is going. INTERFACE is committed to supporting you until you feel you have found a successful match.
  4. Closing a referral: Once you have found a successful match, INTERFACE will close the referral process with you. However, if you need additional support in the future for other referrals or if the match does not work out for some reason, please know that you can always call again.

Beginning this month, new Interface materials will be available at the following locations:

  • Scituate Public Schools Counseling Department
  • Scituate Pediatrics
  • Cohasset Family Practice
  • Scituate Social Service Department/Town Social Worker
  • Scituate Council on Aging and Board of Health office
  • South Shore Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Hingham District Court
  • South Shore Peer Recovery Center

Materials will be also available in other locations, such as churches, clinicians, and local businesses.
If you would like printed materials for your organization, please contact Barbara Quinlan at bquinlan@scituatema.gov.

Our goal is to make a positive impact on the number and type of referrals from Scituate.

For more information, please visit: https://interface.williamjames.edu

Scituate FACTS Book Club Meeting
Marijuana The Truth About America’s Favorite Weed, by Dr. Kevin Hill
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Scituate Town Library, 85 Branch Street,
Scituate MA


Reserve your spot here:



The Scituate FACTS Coalition is pleased to announce the latest coalition book club read. Community members are invited to read Marijuana The Truth About America’s Favorite Weed, by Dr. Kevin Hill, and then join together for a discussion at the Scituate Town Library.
Be a part of Scituate’s ongoing conversation about this important issue. Amy Heffernan, Gates Middle School Wellness Teacher, and Steve Howley, School Psychologist at SHS, will facilitate the discussion.
Author Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S, is Director of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He combines clinical experience treating adolescents and young adults with marijuana and opioid use disorders, with an extensive research background. Dr. Hill has presented at Scituate High School and at the FACTS Power of Prevention in 2017 and 2018. (Find video and presentation slides under Power of Prevention section on this website.)

As one review of this book states: “The risks of marijuana use are widely debated and disagreed about–from questions of addiction and withdrawal, to effectiveness in treating various medical problems, to degrees of harmfulness and lasting deleterious changes….What has been missing is a balanced approach to all of these issues–an approach present in this volume by Dr. Kevin P. Hill. The book covers a wide range of topics in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner. Both pro- and anti-marijuana individuals will find material that agrees with their positions–and challenges them….It can be usefully read and consulted by health professionals, policy makers, law enforcement, parents, teachers, and students.”–Herbert D. Kleber, MD, Director, Division on Substance Abuse, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Suggestions for discussion topics may be directed to Amy Heffernan: aheffernan@scit.org

Book are available through Scituate Library and OCLN.
Additional copies also available through Scituate FACTS.
Please contact Annmarie Galvin, agalvin@scituatema.gov,  to arrange to pick up a loaner copy.
Print flyer –


This reference was compiled by the Scituate Public Schools Counseling Department and may be incomplete.