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The Legislative session has ended, and there is
still no budget despite multiple proposals from the
Governor, House Republicans, House Democrats,
Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats.
The state of the state's finances remains critical,
but essential services and supports for the most
vulnerable in Connecticut are at great risk.
The payment withholdings from private non-profits
have put services in jeapordy. Funding reducations are
being implemetned as of August 1st.to all PNP providers.
As we have determined through our evaluations and
needs assessment process, the PNPs
were already operating at bare bones levels,
so any cuts
whatsoever have to come from somewhere - and that will
mean service cutbacks.
The future of the Regional Boards is also in
jeapordy, as some versions of the budget call for
reducations that are not survivable.
But - as long
as we are able - the Regional Board will be active in assuring that the needs of
consumers, families and communities in the Region V area
have their needs understood,
and to the extent
possible, have their behavioral health needs met.
It is critical that your legislators here from you -
today and again and again until the state adopts a
about the critical importance of supports
and services that people need to enter into, move
forward in and remain in recovery.
For 42 years our Regional Board has been the voice of
people in the community - assuring that needs are
recognized, advocating for what is needed and assuring
that the services that exist have citizen-based
If this infrastructure support is lost
now, there is little chance that it will ever be
welcome your voice and support.
Bills and passed
For a listing of the bills that passed this session
and have been signed by the Governor, click
Our Resource Sheets have all been
updated, and can be found under the "Resources" tab.
These sheets list the mental health and substance abuse
treatment services by area (Greater Danbury, the Northwest
including Torrington, and the greater Waterbury area)
Providers listed are limited to those that take all insurance
(including Medicaid) and serve a broad range of needs.
will also find Crisis, Hotline and emergency phone numbers, as
well as useful websites. Programs that serve only
DMHAS-eligible clients are listed separately.
Individuals and families
with private heath insurance should check with their insurance
company to see who is covered under their policy.
The 2016 Region V Regional Needs
Assessment and Priority Planning Report is available through this website.
to read the 2016 report.
The CAC and Regional Board meetings
resume in September. The Consumer Action Group meetings
continue in the summer. (Please see the "Meetings" link
above for full information.)
At this time there are many classes being
offered in Litchfield County through a SAMHSA grant, provided by
MHC. Check the MHFA website for details.
We have been very
busy supporting our communities with MHFA classes.
The next class we will be offering will be in
Bethel CT on August 29 & 30.
Background on Mental Health First Aid:
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour certification course given
over 2 days that helps individuals and communities better
understand mental health issues and respond accordingly to
others who may be experiencing distress.
One way of looking at it as that it covers
When - How"
for people in the community.
"What?" Understanding the most common mental health issues
(in adults) so
you will understand what you might be observing.
"When?" When is doing something appropriate?
"How?" And if doing something might be appropriate,
what can you do?
Who should take Mental Health First Aid training?
Primary care professionals;
police and corrections officers;
Nursing home staff;
Town social workers;
School personnel, nurses and
Employers, human resources
professionals and business leaders;
volunteers, and the general public.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR YOUTH: Youth Mental Health
First Aid is a different course, with a focus on the
unique risk factors and warning signs of
mental health problems of children and adolescents aged 12-18.
It is taught to adults, and in some instances
to older adolescents who are mature and more likely to be in
At this timeEdVance (formerly Education Connection) has a grant to offer these classes throughout
Litchfield county. Please contact them for more information on
Youth MHFA classes.
Smoking cessation: Our Board continues to support individuals,
organizations and programs in helping people live smoke-free
If you are trying to quit, may we suggest that you contact the Connecticut QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW
(800-784-8669) or one of the programs noted below.
You can find smoking cessation programs at the following
Treatment for the general public
is offered through MCCA in Danbury, Torrington and
Waterbury. Please see the resource sheets (Resources tab on
this website) for more information.
The following agencies also offer tobacco treatment,
although there may only be available to clients in their
Danbury, at New Heights for clients
who are served by that agency: (call (203) 794-2689
for more information)
Danbury at the WCMHN-DA for clients who are served by that
agency: contact Deborah Lawrence at
Torrington: at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) through
their behavioral health services.
Torrington: at Prime Time House. Groups
for people connected to the Clubhouse and thinking about
quitting. Contact Lisa Lynch at (860) 618-2479 X 105 for the
Torrington: for individuals connected to the Western CT
Mental Health Network. Contact Michael Lonergan at (860)
Waterbury: at the Independence Center. Contact
Debbie Holcomb at (203) 756-5772
Waterbury at HELP, Inc for clients being served by that
agency, Contact Kweku Hammond-Donkoh at
developed a couple of fun flyers that are good to put up in
agencies to assist people in making the decision to quit, and
can be downloaded through the links below.
"Lost dog" helps
people recognize the dangerous impact of secondhand smoke on
dogs. We also have one for cat lovers:
MEMBER NEWS AND UPDATES:
There are still vacancies in several towns;
please check out these opportunities under the "Local Council"
Remember that all of our meetings are open to the public. If you
are interested in attending to "see what it's all about," give
us a call and we can arrange for you to be greeted, and have a
seat saved for you.
One of our town representatives expressed
some of what her involvement has meant to her:
"I enjoy so much being part of the NWRMHB
volunteer council. The town appointees and the providers truly
care about others. It has been a very positive experience. Best
for me is seeing and learning how to address otherwise
uncomfortable situations with non-confrontational grace. I am
learning so much more every meeting about our mental health
mission as well."
Well on a Budget:
This is a new pamphlet
developed by the Consumer Action Group. You can link to this
useful resource here:
Eating Healthy on a Budget
Transportation Primer for Providers
NOTE: We will be updating this resource
soon to include the new options developed as a part of the
This helpful resource of information about
public transportation in the Northwest Region (the 43 towns of
Region V) was developed by the Consumer Action Group. This means
wit was conceived by and developed by people that use public
transportation as their primary means of getting around. Helpful
and straightforward, it can be used by individuals or as a
training tool for providers of services many of whom have rarely
if ever had to rely on public transportation themselves.
We recognize that schedules, rates and more can change at any
time. If you see something that needs updating - please let us
know! As always, we appreciate your feedback.
You can access it by following the link below:
Transportation Primer for Providers.
- You can contact us easily at
by phone at (203) 757-9603
mail to 969 West Main St., Suite 1B, Waterbury CT 06708
To really keep up
with what's going on in your own area, you are invited and
encouraged to come to your own local Catchment Area Council
meeting. The dates of those meetings can be found on this
website, as can directions.
ALL of our meetings are
open to the public and guests are always welcome. Please note
our Inclement Weather Policy:
meetings are cancelled if the
public schools in that town are closed, not just delayed,
for the day.
If there is specific information you are seeking, call, write or
send us an email.
Thanks for visiting
Rev. July 28, 2017