I am a Brookline resident and have kids in the public schools. After many years of running addiction and mental health programs, I felt it was time to share my skills with my town. I believe that to decrease substance use and mental health disorders, the underlying problems need to be addressed through a community approach. This program allows us to work with the affected groups and institutions as needed. Wellness needs to be addressed at home as well, so I use gardening, family, friends, pets and nature to calm my brain.