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

Ann Gilbert, Director

Ann manages grant funded activities, and has coordinated prevention efforts in Washington County for over 20 years. Ann joined CVNDC in 2010 after serving youth and families in out-of-school time programming and as a parent education consultant facilitating parenting/communication workshops to diverse groups of parents
and caregivers.

Will Roberts, Prevention Coordinator

With 20-plus years of experience working with diverse populations in Vermont. He joined CVNDC in the spring of 2021. With his experiences of working with survivors of domestic violence, child abuse and victims of crime, Will brings a wealth of knowledge regarding training design and implementation, group facilitation, and community building to his work.

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

Announcements

Have you listened to our new podcast?

A New Direction is the brand new podcast from Central VT New Directions. Every month we'll explore a prevention related topic. Each month A New Direction will explore current trends, prevention strategies, and profiles of local advocates for change. You can listen...

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Advisory Board Announcement

Central VT New Directions Coalition, encouraging healthy behaviors and decreasing substance use in Washington County, invites parents, community members, youth members, healthcare providers, and educators to join our monthly advisory board meetings. You’ll not only be...

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