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Resources For Parents


Parents are the number one influence on their child's decision whether or not to use substances. Here are some helpful resources to empower Dedham parents as they guide their children toward healthy, positive decisions.


Talk. They Hear You.









Check out our webinar series created by and for parents!


Talking early and often with your children about the health risks of alcohol and other drug use makes a difference. According to the 2018 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, 67% of Dedham High School students who do not drink said their parents' disapproval of drinking was an important factor in choosing to abstain from alcohol. Not sure where to start? Check out this resource toolkit for parents with easy tips for having conversations with your child about substance use.

Support for Parents

To access the 24/7 confidential Parental Stress Helpline, call 1-800-632-8188. This hotline is staffed by volunteer counselors who are trained to relieve stress and offer non-judgmental support.

To help find substance use treatment for you or a loved one, call the MA Substance Use Helpline at 800-327-5050, or visit


Finding Help for Your Child

To find a mental health provider for your child, please contact the William James INTERFACE Referral Hotline at 888-244-6843 (9-5, M-F).


To find help for a child struggling with substance use, check out the resources at or call 800-327-5050.

If your child is a Dedham High School student, please contact Ashley Dube at to set up an appointment for your child’s mental health or substance use issues.

My Life, My Quit™ has youth coach specialists trained to help young people quit vaping by phone or text. Young people can call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help or visit to sign up online.

Parent Action Team 

The Parent Action Team is a group of parents within DOSA who are dedicated to building a healthier community by offering their insight, and creating initiatives that educate community members on substance use awareness. Members of this team include Ann Stephens, Monica DeWinter, Kim Rutherford, and Erin Boles Welsh. If you are interested in joining this action team or learning more about it, you can reach out to Program Director Kristina King whose contact information is listed below!

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