Portsmouth Prevention Coalition


  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Typically meets the second Wednesday of each month from September through June; optional December meeting
  • The Brown House
    121 Linden Lane
    Portsmouth, RI 02871


Elizabeth MorleyActing Chair

Pamela MartinSecretary
Rebecca ElwellTreasurer
Joan WarrenGrant Manager

Become a member of a board or committee! File an application and resume with the town clerk and indicate the board or committee in which you are interested. The Town Council appoints members of most town-related boards.

Membership in the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition is voluntary and is open to all Portsmouth adult residents, professional staff representatives who work in a related field and are involved in providing services to Portsmouth residents, as well as school department representatives and students. Occasionally, additional priority meetings are held as well as sub-committees and some evening events on a few occasions. Parents are a key and crucial part of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition.

The Coalition has undertaken three Community Needs Assessments over the past several years that look in depth at the substance abuse issues that affect our youth in the schools and our community as a whole. (The latest assessment was conducted in the 2015-16 school year.) Those results are tabulated and accessed by the Coalition and the town to determine where to direct programs and policies as well as other factors to enact effective prevention strategies that can show measurable reduction in use and increased perception of risk in our student population.

Throughout the year the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition provides reports to the Town Council and works closely with the Portsmouth Schools, Portsmouth Police Department, Wellness Week/Chris Herren Project, Student Assistance Counselors, faith community, business community, social services, students and parents, as well as the State of Rhode Island and federal government agencies.