What is the Canton Youth Services Bureau?

The Canton Community of Concern/Substance Abuse Council is now a subcommittee of the Canton Youth Services Bureau. The Canton Youth Services Bureau is a Town Committee which will continue to provide programs to our students and the community, dealing with Substance Abuse and Mental Health issues. This organization remains a partnership between parents, students, schools, and the community, working together to keep our children safe and drug free.

Our goal is to create awareness in the community concerning substance abuse and to work together collaboratively. We continue to ask the entire Canton community to help us achieve this goal in the hope that we will be sending a clear message to our young people that we are all in this together.

Our members are comprised of:
    School Administrators
    Police Officers

Canton Youth Services Bureau Members

    Co-Chair  - Sue Eisner Saidel
    Co-Chair  - Pat Maloy
    Secretary - Lori Snow
    Treasurer - Stan Krzanowski

    Laurie Meheran - Cave (Teen Center) Coordinator
    Glenn Barger - Cave (Teen Center) Coordinator
    Lori Snow - Counseling Coordinator

The Canton Youth Services Bureau continues to fund confidential short-term individual and family counseling for youth and families as well as the following programs:

    Counseling to students and families
    McCall Foundation - small group counseling sessions within the schools
    Internet Safety Programs in the High School and Middle Schools
    Safe Teen Driving Program
    Mental Health Town Forum - to be held October 2014
    Teen Center "The Cave" for High School students
    "Warrior Way" - PBIS Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Teen Center - "The Cave"

Under the Youth Services Bureau, a Youth Center called "The Cave" is available for all High School Students.

 Friday evenings: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Entry is free!

Please note:
The Cave will be closed, Fri., July 11th

    Collinsville Congregational Church
    7 South Street

What is there to do?
The Cave has the following:

    Billiard table
    Ping pong table
    Wii setup
    Air hockey table
    Board games
    A stereo
    Basketball hoop* (in the summer)
    *The Cave supplies the basketballs
    *The Cave provide free refreshments!
Occasionally there is live music by local musicians.

A Few Basic Rules
The Cave is made possible through the generosity of the Collinsvile Congregational Church, which donates this wonderful space.

We ask that you respect a few basic Rules when you visit:
  • Treat the staff, the adult volunteers, and the other students who attend the way you would like to be treated - with courtesy and respect.
  • Absolutely NO smoking in The Cave or on church property.
  • Before you leave, please throw away your trash in any of the marked trash cans and your empty cans and bottles in the recycling cans.
Please note: Young adults are supervised by staff and adult volunteers.

We are looking for an additional chaperone for The Cave. Please contact Laurie Meheran or Glenn Barger.

Substance Abuse Council / COC Meeting Dates

Meetings are held in the
Community Center at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, June 9, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014

Substance Abuse Council / Community of Concern meetings meet together with the Youth Services Bureau

Upcoming Events

Check back here for upcoming events.


Canton Parent Program on
Underage Drinking

A community conversation about
the dangers of underage drinking.

Click here to view PowerPoint presentation.

How to Become a Partner in the Youth Services Bureau?

If you would like to become a partner in the Youth Services Bureau, kindly let us know. We are open to any ideas, and we would welcome your attendance at our meetings.

We would also appreciate your financial support. Click here for a list of meeting times.

Donations can be made out to "Canton YSB" and mailed to the following address:

Youth Services Bureau
P.O. Box 168
4 Market Place
Collinsville, CT 06022

Please feel free to contact Sue Saidel at suesaidel@gmail.com if you have any questions

Family Safety Contract
Click to open contract.

Drug & Alcohol Student Survey

Click here to go to survey results page.

Help Reduce the Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs in Connecticut

Click to open information from the Connecticut Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.

Sam Collins Day 2014
Substance Free Students volunteered to work at the Youth Services Bureau Booth on Sam Collins Day (Saturday, September 20th).

The students helped hand out brochures and sold raffle tickets for a tent and a punching bag to help raise funds for programs.

The following students volunteered.

Canton Middle School students:  
      Amanda Daigle
      Collin Cleaves
      Margaret Frawley
      Sydney Anderson
      Jessica Bidmead

CantonHigh School students:  
      Delany Berry
      Evan Mingo
      Heather Griffin
      Sodie DeBellis
      Toria Hiller
      Christine Babbitt
      Hollis Griffin
      Riley Gaudet
      Liz Whytock



Students with both candidates running for office for 8th Senate District. Kevin Witkos and Melissa Osborne.


Memorial Day Parade 2014

Canton Youth Services Bureau
(left to right) Maggie Bidwell, Heather Griffin, Lori Snow, Bailey Jeffko, Sue Saidel (Lady Liberty), Deirdre Kronschnabel


Sam Collins Day 2010

The following students worked at the Sam Collins Day Substance Abuse Council/COC Booth:

Christina Cardwell
Simon Ciccarello
Leigha Emerson
Wolfgang Gassmann
Stephanie Gauthier
Caitlin Haendiges
Miranda Jurras
Kailynn Maloy
Jillian Miller
Suzi Rush
Brooke Schomburg
Rebecca Szpekman

Students working at Sam Collins Day - Substance Abuse Council / Community of Concern Booth.

Susan Saidel Receives Award

The Capitol Area Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) recently awarded Susan Eisner-Saidel the Community Educator Award for her work with the Canton Community of Concern / Substance Abuse Council.

The awards' ceremony, with approximately 200 people in attendance, was held at the Gray Conference Center at the University of Hartford. Kevin Case, Superintendent of Canton Schools, presented her with the award.

Photo: (left-right)
Superintendent Kevin Case, former Assistant Superintendent Lynn McMullin,
Susan Saidel, Canton Middle School Principal Joseph Scheideler.

Community of Concern Float in 2008 Alumni Parade

Community of Concern Float in Alumni Parade
Student float makers: Kailynn Maloy, Nikki Liucci, Kristee Bisson
Twin Landscaping donated the truck for the float.

Students in the Alumni Parade
Kailynn Maloy, Vivian Perge, Crystal Diana, Katelyn Birge


"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.
In fact, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ (Margaret Meade)

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