Our Vision

Encourage healthy behavior and decrease substance use in our community

Central Vermont New Directions Coalition (CVNDC) was established in 1998 to serve the needs of youth and families in Washington County. The coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in youth substance use in our community. With the help of community members and organizations we are able to successfully educate and inform the diverse populations within our community.

CVNDC works with Prevention Works!VT and with the other prevention coalitions throughout the state to share information throughout Washington County. CVNDC is funded through the Vermont Department of Health as a grantee of the Tobacco Community Prevention grant as well as the Regional Prevention Partnerships (RPP) Grant. In addition, CVNDC leads the Prevention Workgroup on the Rural Community Opioid Response Program grant with the Central Vermont Medical Center and the Central Vermont Prevention Coalition.

CVNDC is working with community partners to focus on reducing alcohol and cannabis use among youth ages 13-18 and young adults ages 18-25; reducing tobacco use among youth and adults; and promoting prevention strategies in our communities to reduce dependence and fatalities from prescription drug use.

Washington Central Friends of Education serves as the fiscal agent and their goal is to foster communication and cooperation between the five towns and communities within the Washington Central Unified Union School District.

Our Team

Sultana Khan, Director of Social Change

Sultana Khan has been hired as the new Director of Social Change and will be leading the Coalition in its efforts to maintain and expand primary prevention efforts around youth substance use in Washington County. Sultana will be continuing Ann Gilbert’s incredible work and is grateful for the encouragement and stewardship she has been offered by Ann, members of the coalition, and the broader community. She looks forward to hearing from you with questions, comments, or suggestions and can be reached at sultana@mosaic-vt.org.

Our Partners:

Agency of Human Services
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Another Way
Berlin Police Department
Capstone Community Action
Central VT Medical Center
Central VT Regional Planning Comm.
Central VT Substance Abuse Services
City of Montpelier – Recreation Dept.
Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont
Community College of Vermont

Community Connections
Family Center of Washington County
Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Program
Green Mountain United Way
Montpelier Alive
Montpelier Police Department
Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools
Montpelier Senior Activity Center
Onion River Community Access Media
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
School Nurses and SAPs
The World (newspaper)
Times Argus (newspaper)

Vermont 2-1-1
Vermont Agency of Education
Vermont Department of Health
VT Department of Liquor Control
Vermont Mountaineers
Wash. Central Friends of Education
Wash. Central Unified Union School Dist.
Wash. County Court Diversion
Washington County Sheriff’s Dept.
Washington County Youth Services Bureau


New Directions is hiring!

Are you a leader in public health for youth? Can you build creative partnerships to support our youth’s healthy choices? Now hiring: Grant Manager/Program Director Youth Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Deadline 2/27 for letters of application/resumes  CVNDC seeks...

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Upcoming Tabling Events

The Capital City Farmers Market Throughout the summer New Directions will be tabling at a number of events around Washington County. If you're in the area, please stop by the table and say hi. We offer a wealth of information regarding substances and their...

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In the Media

Parenting for Prevention

Current prEvents – May 4, 2020 – The Times Argus By AMELIA SHERMAN What a challenging time for all of us right now with uncertainty and trying to figure out how to do things differently. As difficult as it may be to adjust to having all the family at home, perhaps this can be an opportunity to have various important conversations that will help kids during their adolescence. Data shows that parents are the number one influence on their child’s relationship with drugs and alcohol. This is a chance to talk early and talk often to provide information and clearly state your family’s guidelines....

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