Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative (CHCI)

Healthy Campus Initiative                                                  Wheeler Clinic


This initiative is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant.

State Opioid Response to the Opioid Crisis

August 2019-September 2020

The Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative (CHCI) is a catalyst for creating and sustaining healthy college campus and community environments. Members of the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative include individuals from campus-community coalitions throughout the state.

CHCI is a program of Wheeler Clinic’s Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery and is funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) with support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

As part of the State Opioid Response (SOR) to the Opioid Crisis grant, DMHAS developed a plan that creates a comprehensive network of prevention and intervention activities to reduce risk across the state, including college campuses. A Request for Proposals was released and 18 Connecticut institutions of higher education have received funding to implement on-campus activities that will positively impact the campus community environment, including: information dissemination or training on medication safe storage and safe medication disposal; training for faculty, staff, and students on opioid overdose and Narcan administration; public awareness activities; opioid misuse prevention education; and survey administration to assess the level of the problem on campus. Awarded campuses:

Asnuntuck Community College

Housatonic Community College

Sacred Heart University

Capital Community College

Naugatuck Valley Community College

Southern CT State University

Central CT State University

Northwestern CT Community College

Trinity College

Connecticut College

Norwalk Community College

University of Bridgeport

Eastern CT State University

Quinebaug Valley Community College

University of New Haven

Gateway Community College

Quinnipiac University

Western CT State University


For more information about this important initiative, please contact:

Dawn Grodzki-Sideman, BS, CPS, Behavioral Health Program Manager, Prevention & Health Promotion Unit, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, 410 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06134; 860-418-6772 or

Cathy Sisco, MPA, CPS, Associate Director, Prevention, Wellness & Recovery, Wheeler Clinic, 334 Farmington Ave, Plainville, CT 06062; 860-793-2164 or