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Boys Town New England to Expand Parenting Classes Thanks to Opioid Response Grant

Congrats on CSP Grant

Boys Town New England Executive Director Jon Jelley and Common Sense Parenting® Supervisor Maria Marroquin recently accepted a $31,068 State Opioid Response Grant in partnership with the Newport County Prevention Coalition. The Coalition is a volunteer organization that embraces and promotes the health and safety of all its residents by developing, implementing and supporting effective community-based prevention programs. State Opioid Response Grants fund organizations and programs that provide prevention, treatment and recovery activities for those battling opioid addiction.

With the Coalition's guidance and support, Boys Town New England will use this grant to expand its Common Sense Parenting (CSP) classes to parents who are involved in drug prevention and recovery programs in Newport County, Rhode Island. Most importantly, this funding opportunity enables Boys Town New England to add a seventh week of class to its six-week CSP curriculum. This new class will focus on helping parents minimize their children's exposure to narcotic substances, as well as educate parents on the types of substances that are available, the harmful effects they can have on their children and the best way to talk about these topics as a family.

Common Sense Parenting classes also will be taught in recovery homes like Trinity Village, located in Portsmouth. Trinity Village provides housing for women in recovery and their young children, and combines recovery, treatment and counseling services with the goal of helping the entire family embrace a lifestyle of healthy sobriety.

The Boys Town New England CSP team is eager to get started on this initiative. "We are beyond excited to get started and get our boots on the ground!" said Marroquin. "We have developed strong partnerships with folks in the Newport County community and I am thrilled to be in the perfect position to help these families at a time when they need it most! We cannot wait to deliver the best quality care and provide them with the support that they need to be successful teachers of their children."

To learn more about Boys Town New England and Common Sense Parenting, visit boystown.org/new-england.