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Our coalition represents agencies, schools, government, businesses, families, and concerned citizens in Tompkins County, all working to reduce substance abuse among middle and high school youth through the use of effective, evidence-based programs and practices.


Upcoming events

The next meeting of the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 PM in the Bev Livesay room of the Human Services Building, 320 W. State/ML King Jr. St., Ithaca. Contact Stacy at 274-6288 for details.  All meetings are open to the public.

Annual Youth/Adult Golf Event  - Saturday, June 8, 9:00 AM Shot Gun start, Newman Golf Course in Ithaca. Details.   Entry form.   Donation form.     Sponsor form.

Recent News

At our medication collection event on April 27 we collected 124 pounds of unwanted medications.  Check back in fall, 2019 for the date and location of our next event.  And don't forget that there are drop boxes in 9 locations across the county! 

Tobacco-21 Tompkins County Legislature votes to raise the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21, effective July 1, 2017.

The Summary of Highlights from our fall, 2016 student survey is ready.  Click here to read.

The Tompkins County Legislature voted to increase the age for purchase of tobacco products in the county to 21.  Details. 

At our April 29 medication collection event, over 500 pounds of unwanted medications were collected at 3 sites. Thanks to all who came and who supported this event.  Remember that there are drop boxes across the county, some of them open 24/7, to dispose of medication whenever you want!

April 20 - What is the connection between 4/20 and marijuana?  Details

Our third community forum on opioids focused on prescription drug, it took place on May 19 at the Ulysses Philomathic Library, Trumansburg.  Thanks to our panel members and to all who attended.

Mayor Myrick Releases The Ithaca Plan, Feb. 24, 2016

Today, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick released The Ithaca Plan which proposes significant changes to how the City of Ithaca addresses the problems of drugs and addiction.  Many community volunteers contributed over the past two years to the plan development, including a number of members from our Coalition.  While we may not support all of the Mayor’s recommendations, we are pleased that energy and focus are being given to these important issues and look forward to continuing to contribute to change in our community. 

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth (CCHY) formed in 1997 in response to the death of a student from heroin.  Since then, under various names and several managing entities, CCHY has worked to engage parents, youth, and community partners in reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. 

If you are interested in joining our efforts, please contact us at 274-5310. 

Community Forum on Heroin and Opioids:  Focus on Treatment 

Thank you to all who attended our forum on 1/28. A special thank you to our panel and moderator (l-r) Andy Taylor (STAP ECHO Program), Bill Rusen (Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services), Jacob Parker-Carver (moderator from Community Coalition for Healthy Youth), Judy Epstein (Ithaca Community Recovery/518)), Rob Brown (Ithaca Health Alliance), and Nicelee Hollenbeck (Alcohol & Drug Council). Ithaca Journal Article  IJ Article scanned   Ithaca Voice Article   The Heroin Epidemic (report from NYS Assembly Minority Taskforce)


Free presentations on underage drinking

Underage Drinking:  What you should know and what you can do about it

The presentation for parents and caring adults will:

-Provide Information – what influences young people to drink, impacts of underage drinking

-Offer Prevention Techniques – ways to keep youth from using alcohol

-Include Talking Points – tools to talk with youth about alcohol and consequences

-Provide Resources – a packet filled with resources to guide conversations about alcohol

The presentation is approximately 20 minutes in length and in that time participants can learn the tools to help cut underage drinking by 2/3!

Contact Kris at Tompkins County Youth Services, 274-5310, to schedule a session for your staff meeting, workplace, faith-based group, civic organization, coaches meeting, or other group!

Underage Drinking Tipline

To report an underage drinking party, please call the regional Underage Drinking Tipline at 1-800-851-1932.  The call will be routed to Tompkins County to the appropriate law enforcement agency who will respond.  Underage drinking can be dangerous or deadly. Underage drinking accounts for 11% of all alcohol consumed in the U.S. And 90% underage drinking is in the form of binge drinking.  Save a life!  Make the call!