Scituate FACTS Open Coalition Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Community Room, Scituate Town Library

6:30 – 6:45pm            Welcome – Annmarie Galvin

  • Introduce Ron Griffin, Superintendent of Schools

6:45 – 7:00pm            Coalition Overview and Outcomes

  • See reverse for updates since our last Coalition Meeting – Barbara Quinlan
  • Slideshow of our projects/progress – Annmarie Galvin
  • Data highlights – Greg Ranieri

7:00 – 7:20pm            Presentation: Opioid Dispensing Practices – Dr. Michael Geary, South Shore Health Orthopedics

7:20 – 8:00pm            Action Plan for Year 5 of DFC grant

  • Handout of Action Plan Summary
  • Volunteer Projects and Committees – meet with project leads around the room!

Upcoming FACTS Events & Volunteer Opportunities

September 26, 2017 Youth Health Connection Conference – 7th Annual Prevention of Underage Drinking and Substance Use Conference at Lombardo’s in Randolph. The theme for this year is “Empowered Coalition Educating Youth & Communities about Marijuana.” More than 12 members of the Scituate FACTS Coalition, including students, will participate again this year!

September 27, 2017“If They Had Known” documentary film screening, from 4:30-6:00pm, Hingham Middle School
1103 Main Street, Hingham. The Hingham/Hull/Cohasset coalitions are offering this opportunity for stakeholders to preview a new film that was created by friends of a young man from the North Shore who passed away after mixing prescription pills and alcohol. While it is intended for young people, Scituate FACTS representatives will attend to consider the film for a potential showing in our community. Additional screeners are welcome, reserve here: if-they-had-known-tickets-37898469342

Throughout September:  “Weeding through the Myths” Mondays and Wednesdays: 5:00-7:00pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays:  10:00am-1:00pm; Saturdays: 1:00-3:00pm, at the Hanover Mall (across from Foot Locker).
An interactive educational display created by South Shore Hospital to provide insight on upcoming changes in Massachusetts related to the recreational use of Marijuana. It is open to the public and appropriate for kids. Check it out!

October 24, 2017Statewide Coalition Training – all day, EDC in Waltham. MassTapp is the technical assistance provider for Coalitions in Massachusetts.  Their annual conference will cover a variety of workshops for coalition leaders and volunteers. Scituate FACTS is presenting on sector engagement! Please contact Annmarie if you are interested in learning best practices and networking with other coalitions:

October 24, 2017South Shore FACTS Meeting, 2:30-4:00, South Shore VNA, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland.
Special Presentation from Allies in Recovery- learn more about this free online learning platform for families –
developed with the evidenced-based CRAFT tool ( Contact Barbara if you would be interested in attending on behalf of Scituate

November 5, 2017 – Scituate FACTS presentsThe Power of Prevention” Summit, 12:30-4:00pm, Gates Middle School Campus.
A free conference for all of us who are parenting, teaching, coaching and raising children in Scituate; featuring resource information and a variety of experts from the field.  Onsite childcare provided through
Scituate Recreation. Pre-registration details coming soon!


Updates since April Coalition Meeting:

  • April 26 – Scituate Town Meeting – Article 14 passed to introduce a temporary zoning moratorium on local marijuana establishments until November 2018
  • May 25 – School nurses and counseling team completed SBIRT training. SBIRT is a verbal substance use screening for students in Grades 8 and 10 in Scituate which will be implemented this academic year in Massachusetts Public Schools.
  • June – “Choices” documentary – The Steverman family shared PJ’s story continuing this meaningful tradition for our graduating seniors
  • June – Scituate Mariner and SPS Newsletter Vaping 101 article
  • June 15 – Presentation at the orientation training for Scituate Rec Program summer staff, by Kevin Rosario of Gosnold on Cape Cod. Kevin addressed the program directors and staff about the importance of being a positive role model and mentor to the young people participating in summer camps.
  • June 19 – Alcohol enforcement training for retail liquor stores, BAT (Beverage Alcohol Training) at Scituate Public Safety Complex was a huge success and was attended by 27 people representing 11 local stores. BAT is a certified training delivered by Masspack, training includes, acceptable forms of ID, recognizing fake IDs, handling intoxicated customers, preventing underage and second party sales, compliance with local and state laws.
  • June – Scituate Public Schools Substance Misuse Prevention Policy was adopted by School Committee
  • June – Summer underage drinking enforcement began, these additional patrols conducted by the Scituate police are funded by our DFC grant.
  • July 18 – Community Training on Opioid Overdose and use of Narcan, Scituate Senior Center
  • July 23-27 – CADCA Midyear Training Institute, Atlanta; national training conference for prevention coalitions. This conference was attended by Barbara Quinlan, Scituate FACTS Project Manager and Scituate Police Officers, Taylor Billings and Mike Prouty.
  • August   – Planning Committee meeting for November Prevention Conference
  • August 31 – Sunrise Vigil for International Overdose Awareness Day, Rev. Pamela Barz of the UUC led this non-denominational service of remembrance, music and singing was provided by a group of Scituate High School chorus members.
  • September 12,14, 16 – Weeding Through the Myths: Marijuana in Massachusetts at Hanover Mall , Scituate FACTS facilitated guiding guests through this educational community display which will be open all month.


Please join us for an important Monthly Open Coalition Meeting!

Scituate Lighthouse Day photo by Ann-Marie Rollo, www.amrollo.comScituate FACTS
Open Coalition Meeting
April 25, 2017
Tuesday Evening, 
6:30-8:00 pm
Scituate High School Library


Scituate FACTS Open Coalition Meeting Agenda

6:30 – 6:45 pm Welcome & Introductions

6:45 – 7:30 pm Working Session with Group: Full-Day Prevention Conference Concept

7:30 – 8:00 pm Review recent projects and upcoming activities (see details below)

The Scituate FACTS Coalition is proud of the programming we provide. We also realize that it’s hard for parents and community members to attend so many evening events! We are considering planning a one-day Prevention Conference next year – with a keynote speaker, and a variety of breakout sessions.

Please join us on Tuesday night to share your thoughts. What speakers, topics, resources should we cover?  We welcome your opinions – as well as event planning, marketing, and business support. More info to come!

Updates since March Coalition Meeting

  • March 18/19 – SHS musicians performed at Coffee house and in St. Patrick’s Day parade with South Shore Peer Recovery
  • March 29 – Pre-Prom Event: “What’s so special about a teenage brain?” Dr. Harris from Harvard/Children’s – Amazing turnout of Junior Students!!  Discounted tickets were a big draw.  Great feedback on the latest in teen brain science. Thanks to students who shared statistics on youth substance use; parent volunteers, class advisors, businesses

  • April 10 – Marijuana training for school/police (daytime) + Community Education (evening);  “The New Marijuana: Vapes, Waxes & Dabs” Expert presenter Police Officer Jermaine Galloway

  • April 21 – US Senator Edward Markey visited Scituate for an engaging Opioid Meeting.(The original “Prevention – Intervention – Treatment and Recovery” artwork was created by Scituate High School students – we love it! Looks so good at the new Public Safety Complex:


Upcoming  FACTS Events

  • April 26, 7:00 pm – Scituate Town Meeting – Article 14 proposes a temporary zoning moratorium on local marijuana establishments, SHS Large Gymnasium 
  • May 3, 7:00-8:30 pm – Steve Maguire Co-Presents with Annmarie Galvin from FACTS
  • “Changing Norms: How Not to be A Small Fishing Town with a Large Drinking Problem” The last drop-in discussion group in Mr. Maguire’s Parenting the Middle Years Series!  Gates Library
  • May 23, 2:30-4:00 pm – Scituate Public Schools representatives Jen Lopes LICSW and Greg Ranieri will share wellness initiatives with other Coalitions at the South Shore FACTS Meeting. All community members are welcome to learn what is happening in our region! South Shore VNA, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland. Last meeting on June 30th.
  • May 25 – School nurses and colleagues to complete SBIRT training (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) in preparation for next year’s risky substance use verbal screening
  • June – “Choices” documentary – As part of a meaningful tradition for our graduating seniors, the Steverman family will share PJ’s story during the school day, followed by small discussion groups
  • June plans for alcohol enforcement training for police and package stores/alcohol licensee, BAT at the Scituate Public Safety Complex


photo by Ann-Marie Rollo,

Parenting Lecture Series with Steve Maquire
This program will share some data on high school binge drinking behavior –and known risk factors.

Together we will discuss what parents can do to model responsible drinking, and teach  kids about the consequences of alcohol use and abuse, Also, tangible ideas for how to talk with other adults surrounding this cultural issue. Steve Maguire Co-Presents with Annmarie Galvin from FACTS. 

May 3, 2017, Gates Library 7:00-8:30pm

From the Series: Parenting the Middle Years — with Steve Maguire

This series targets grades 4 through 9 (ages 9-15). Mark your calendars for these free presentations from Scituate High School science teacher and Professional Speaker, Stephen Maguire, M.Ed.

All parents/caregivers welcome.

Click here to download an event flyer

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Sion Kim Harris, neuroscience researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, to inform our junior prom families and community for the seventh year in a row!

Printout SHS slides:
Junior Prom – SHS Stats 2017.pdf

Printout Dr.Harris slides:

View full video presentation:

On March 7, 2017 Scituate Public Schools collaborated with Scituate FACTS to bring a Youth Mental Health Awareness Event to the community.

Jen Lopes, LICSW, and Steve Howley, School Psychologist, of Scituate Public Schools, framed the evening with an overview of common challenges our students face.  The video from this portion of the event is now available to watch event at

The presentation was followed by highly engaging panel discussion, pictured below, from left: Linda Nathan, LICSW, Elementary School Adjustment Counselor; Dr. Susan Cunningham, Psychologist;  Gail Matern, who so eloquently shared the parent perspective; and Julie Love, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC, Director, McLean School Nurse Liaison Project.

Identifying the trends associated the emotional health needs of our students and associated needs of the community are only the first step.  Moving forward, it is important that we reach out to the students in a meaningful manner.  As we work towards supporting our students, we recognize the need to continuously support prevention and intervention services.  We know that as mental health and behavioral health challenges go untreated they become increasingly difficult to address. Additionally, there are significant increases in risky behaviors such as self-injury and substance misuse associated with unmanaged mental health challenges.

“I am proud of the Scituate Public School community for prioritizing the social, emotional health of all students.  As an integral component of the SPS District Improvement Plan, we have a goal pertaining to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of our students.  The theory behind this goal is if we support the wellbeing of students, then we will successfully educate the whole child and support them to reach their potential,” said Greg Ranieri, SPS Department Chair of Health and Wellness.

For further information pertaining to global SPS Wellness Goal efforts, link to:

As parents and teachers seek to provide these supports the key concept to focus on is unexpected change in behavior or presentation.  You know your child and you know your students.  When there is an unexpected and ongoing change in behavior or functioning it is time to address it.  It is also okay to not know exactly what the underlying concerns are.  That will come with time.  The first step is to recognize the change, speak to the child, and reach out for support when needed.  For parents that might mean calling the child’s teacher(s) or pediatrician.  For teachers, that should include calling the child’s parents and possibly other professionals within the school.

One of main takeaways from the evening is that there are many resources for families managing anxiety, depression, risky substance use and other behavioral health problems.  You are not alone, and we will continue our work to bring education and support to the community.

For local resources pertaining to mental health, link to

If you have questions or concerns about your child or students, please reach out to the appropriate SPS faculty member at your child’s school.  Please link to:

We would like to organize further community discussion regarding behavioral health and mental health challenges.  In order to provide the best possible information, we would like to hear your thoughts at:

Please join us for an important Monthly Open Coalition Meeting!

Scituate Lighthouse Day photo by Ann-Marie Rollo, www.amrollo.comScituate FACTS
Open Coalition Meeting
March 16, 2017
Thursday After School, 3:30-4:30 pm
Wampatuck Elementary School Library, 266 Tilden Road
Teachers, students, and the entire community are welcome!


Scituate FACTS Open Coalition Meeting Agenda

 This month we will – Share project updates since our last coalition meeting:

• Re-cap our first Youth Mental Health Awareness Event

SciuateFACTS YouTube Channel

• Share info about regional public Recovery High School

• Provide info on a proposed temporary moratorium on local marijuana establishments, to be considered at April 26th Town Meeting

Discuss new business:

• Open Q&A period – bring your questions about local trends, prevention strategies, or whatever is on your mind!

• Enlist community help in promoting two important educational opportunities: Teen Brain Event on 3/29 & New Marijuana Event on 4/10

Upcoming  Events

• March 18, 6:00-9:00pm – Blue Boat Coffee House will host a Sober St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the First Parish Unitarian Church, 330 First Parish Road.  Featuring local talent and a set from the Connelly Academy of Irish Dance of Hanover.  Traditional Irish soda bread, baked goods and refreshments will be available for sale. This is a fundraiser for our partners at South Shore Peer Recovery. A donation of $5 is suggested. All ages welcome; substance-free event.

• March 19,  Sciuate High School students Birch Swart and Darcy Milligan will perform in the parade, atop the float for South Shore Peer Recovery. Please cheer the group on, as they march to increase awareness and recovery support in our community.

• March 29, 6:30-8:00pm – Pre-Prom Event: “What’s so special about a teenage brain?” Dr. Harris from Harvard/Children’s – Junior Students & Parents attend for Pre-Prom Info. Dr. Sion Harris, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and researcher at Children’s Hospital returns for the sixth year. All are welcome (age 12+) to learn the latest teen brain science. We will share local statistics on youth substance use – and learn how the brain responds to alcohol and marijuana. Amazing prizes for students who will be attending the junior prom (free tix, hair, tux, spray tan, and more) – plus discounted tickets for sale! Students must be present to enter. 6:30-8:00pm, SHS Cafeteria. No pre-registration required.

• April 10, 6:30-8:30pm – “Vapes, Waxes & Dabs: What families should know about the new marijuana” Expert presenter Police Officer Jermaine Galloway. Adult audience only. Location: St. Mary’s Parish Center.We expect this to be a popular presentation, please pre-register: April 10th Sign Up Here

• April 25, 6:30-8:00pm – Final Open Coalition Meeting of the school year! Subcommittee work will continue over the summer, but this is our last formal meeting. Please join community members to learn how you can get informed and involved. We have some summer project work for teenagers, too. 6:30-8:00pm. New Location: Scituate Police Department, Scituate Public Safety Building, 800 CJC Highway.

•  May 3,  7:00-8:30pm – Steve Maguire Co-Presents with Annmarie Galvin from FACTS “Changing Norms: How Not to be A Small Fishing Town with a Large Drinking Problem” The last drop-in discussion group in Mr. Maguire’s Parenting the Middle Years Series! 7:00-8:30pm, Gates Library

photo by Ann-Marie Rollo,

The Effect of Substance Use on Teen Brain Development

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:30-8:00 pm
Scituate High School Cafeteria
606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate

No registration required.
Juniors attend for Prom Expectations.
All families are welcome to attend.
Content is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Dr. Sion Kim Harris of Children’s Hosptial will present the latest neuroscience research. Learn how alcohol and marijuana can impact teen brain development. We will share Scituate statistics on youth substance use, and the latest science that every parent and student should know about the adolescent brain! This annual event is always well reviewed.

Junior Prom-Goers attend to hear prom expectations. Also enter to win amazing prizes, including 2 free prom tickets, tux rental, hair up-do, spray tan, make up and more! Plus a $10 discount will be offered to students who are present on 3/29.

See 2016 presentation materials here:

Teen Brain Childrens Hospital TopTenScreen Shot 2016-04-14 at 6.29.26 PMteen-safe-logo

The Complete “Teen Brain” Presentation by Dr. Sion Harris, Children’s Hospital

“The Top Ten Takeaways” from Dr. Harris’ Teen Brain Presentation

SHS Students and Substances, data compiled from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Drug-Free Communities

Related videos and more facts from Teen-Safe, Children’s Hosptial


Dr. Sion Kim Harris is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and faculty in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a senior research scientist at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Boston Children’s, an internationally-renowned research center which strives to be a leading source of innovative, effective strategies in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance-related problems.

Marijuana: What’s New?

Marijuana Concentrates, Dabs, Waxes, Shatter, Vaping, Edibles…

Monday, April 10, 2017
6:30pm -8:30pm
St. Mary’s Parish Center
2 Edward Foster Road, Scituate

Adults  are invited to register now for this free informational program:  Click here

Perhaps you have heard the terms, but what does it all mean? See examples of marijuana’s many new forms and delivery devices – and ask questions of a police expert.

Officer Jermaine Galloway from Idaho will share a one-time educational opportunity.  Adults participants may expect an an eye-opening presentation on current trends in recreational marijuana.

This is a one-time offering to inform community stakeholders about changes in the way marijuana is processed, sold and consumed in 2017.

Remember space is limited, Adults please reserve your spot

Please join us for an important Monthly Open Coalition Meeting!

Scituate Lighthouse Day photo by Ann-Marie Rollo, www.amrollo.comScituate FACTS
Open Coalition Meeting
February 16, 2017
Thursday Evening, 6:30-8:00pm
Scituate High School Library
606 CJC Highway, Scituate MA 02066


This month’s agenda:

6:30 – 7:00 pm Welcome & Updates since January Coalition Meeting

  • Share creative presentations from Gates 8th Grade health class
  • Grant Management: Submitted Year 3 Carryover Budget Request; Year 5 Continuation Application and Action Plan; and Semi-Annual Progress Report!
  • Two groups of Guiding Good Choices completed
  • Interface Referral Service  – update on our free mental health provider match service (
  • Planning new projects, including training for Alcohol Licensees; Plymouth County Overdose Follow-Up; community-based early intervention ideas


7:00-7:45 pm Marijuana Policy Discussion

  • Share basic usage statistics and local/national trends
  • New recreational marijuana law – what has changed so far
  • Local controls – zoning and bylaw options for Massachusetts communities


7:45-8:00 pm Preview Upcoming Scituate FACTS Events

March 2nd – Guiding Good Choices – Daytime Workshop begins at Hatherly   Sign up for 4 sessions of this award-winning prevention workshop for parents and caregivers of children ages 9-15! Meetings facilitated by Linda Nathan, School Adjustment Counselor. Please check times:  Thursday, March 2nd, 10:00am-12:00pm; Thursday, March 16th, 10:00am-12:00pm; Thursday, March 23rd, evening session with children ages 9-15 and pizza; 6:30-8:00pm (Annmarie Galvin to co-facilitate this meeting) and Thursday, March 30th, 10:00am-12:00pm.  Only a few spots left! Click here to register 

March 7th – Youth Mental Health Awareness Event   Brief presentation, followed by Q&A with an expert panel. Local resource tables available in the lobby. Scituate community forum organized by SPS and FACTS at St. Mary’s Parish Center, Scituate Harbor. 6:30-8:30pm. Registration link to follow. Volunteers needed for set-up.

March 29th – Pre-Prom Event   “What’s so special about a teenage brain?” at SHS Cafeteria. Junior Students & Parents for Pre-Prom Info – All welcome ages 12 and up. SHS Cafeteria. Dr. Sion Harris, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and neuroscience researcher at Children’s Hospital. We will share local statistics on youth substance use and the latest scientific research on the teenage brain. Learn how the brain responds to alcohol and drugs and what promotes a healthy brain. Great incentives for Juniors attending the prom!

April 10th – “Vapes, Waxes & Dabs   What families should know about the new marijuana” Expert presenter Officer Jermaine Galloway, 6:30-8:30 pm; Location: St. Mary’s Parish Center. Space limited. Scituate adults please reserve your spot here 

May 3rd –  “Changing Norms: How Not to be A Small Fishing Town with a Large Drinking Problem”  Steve Maguire co-presents with Annmarie Galvin from FACTS: Gates Library, 7:00-8:30 pm. Drop-in.

photo by Ann-Marie Rollo,