Overview

Seeking Help

The Needham Public Health Division provides its residents with phone or individual meeting consults for substance use strategies, educational resources, individual or group counseling, and treatment resources for both youth and adults. There is no charge for these services 

For information regarding any of these services please contact:

Karen Shannon, CPS 

Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator, Needham Health Department 

Email Karen Shannon or Call  781-455-7940 ext. 215


Carol Read, M.Ed., CAGS, CPS 

Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator, Needham Health Department

Email Carol Read or Call 781-455-7940 x 222 

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The Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN)

The Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN) is comprised of residents, youth and key stakeholders that work to implement strategies for youth substance use prevention. Drawing on the strengths of a civic-minded and collaborative community, SPAN offers Needham residents education, support, and resources for navigating substance use and misuse among our youth.

The Coalition incorporates a collaborative, community based and data driven prevention approach to reduce alcohol, marijuana and other drug use among Needham youth. Through community education, partnership and strategic action we will decrease the risk factors indicated in substance use and increase the protective factors that are known to support youth to make healthy and safe choices.

For more information visit www.spanneedham.org