Tonka CARES is a diverse community collaborative that provides a platform for healthy youth development in our community. We seek to promote mental health, substance use prevention, early intervention, and recovery among Minnetonka youth. We welcome ALL individuals, and truly hope to break down barriers which impede those with mental health and substance use disorders from seeking help/support, and to fight stigma against those who are afflicted by these diseases. Tonka CARES serves as a hub for resources in our community. We stand to build relationships, connect individuals, and provide support and resources where and whenever possible. Let this be your platform to change the conversation and the outcome in our community.

From the Coordinator

Being the Coordinator for Tonka CARES is a pretty cool job.  I get to look at the community as a whole and offer a bird’s eye view of how promotion and prevention of substance abuse/mental health disorders can positively impact the Minnetonka community.  Tonka CARES comes complete with a strong history of collaborating with local, state and national partners.  This community coalition also provides relevant information to increase parental knowledge on the topics that impact overall youth wellness.  Everyone who sits at the Tonka CARES table has a unique skill set to offer and it matters.  We contribute because our youth are worth the time and effort.  We will always welcome new talent but passion is required!

Tonka CARES Updates

Tonka CARES: Getting Ahead of the Problem
Tonka CARES partnered with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to bring parents a video on youth substance use and what it looks like in our Minnetonka community using 2019 Minnesota Student Survey data.  Several school and district staff have been included to speak about how students are supported in our school community.  Cindy Doth, School and Community Outreach Manager, presents our data and helpful tips for parents.  Check it out!  

Alcohol Awareness Month

Founded and sponsored by NCADD, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

Visit the NCADD website to learn more

A Parent's Guide to Vaping


No matter the terminology, the end results are the same; the use of e-cigarettes can be harmful.  The degree of harm is still in the hands of researchers but we can stand united in a common message of “don’t start.”

The Surgeon General, the American Lung Association and the Food and Drug Association, to name a few, have been clear about this growing epidemic and stand united that parents can be a powerful influence in changing this landscape.  The learning curve on vaping/JUULING is sharp but new information is coming forth and our youth are starting to pay attention.  Timing is key and conversations with youth DO make a difference.

With over 40% of youth vaping or at have at least experimented, you may or may not know if your child is one of them.  Have you educated yourself?  Have you had the Vape Talk?  Use this link to learn more on this topic for yourself and then prepare to talk to your child.  Knowing the facts ahead of time can give you the tools for a successful conversation.

Practicing Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ark Behavioral Health Is an accredited drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, that believes addiction treatment should not just address “how to stay sober” but needs to transform the life of the addict and empower him or her to create a more meaningful and positive life.

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Judy Hanson
Project Coordinator
952-401-5740 (desk)


We rely fully on grants and community support. Donate and become a sponsor of Tonka CARES! All contributions are tax deductible.

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2020-21 Meeting Schedule

  • October 13, 2020 - noon
  • November 10, 2020 - noon
  • January 12, 2020 - noon
  • March 9, 2020 - noon
  • May 11, 2020 - noon