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.

Prevention Coordinator

New Directions is currently hiring for this position.

Community Resilience Coordinator

New Directions is currently hiring for this position. View the role description here (pdf) and here.

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


Another Successful Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Washington County Sheriff W. Samuel Hill, in cooperation with the DEA, coordinated collection sites within Washington County for the disposal of unused prescription drugs. April 30th, 2022 saw participation in this local Take Back Day event. Take Back Day is a...

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