CT STRONG

The CT STRONG program (Seamless Transition and Recovery Opportunities through Network Growth) engages and connects transition age youth and young adults to high quality behavioral health care.  Eligible individuals  must reside in New London, Milford or Middletown and be at risk for or have behavioral health disorders.  The CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), in partnership with the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF), present this initiative to engage youth and young adults in innovative approaches to improve rates of service engagement and outcomes with regard to housing stability, health and mental health, education and employment for individuals aged 16-25. 

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Utilize social marketing and public education approaches such as media campaigns to inform people about mental illness, reduce stigma and discrimination and provide connections to services.
  • Enhance existing transitional youth behavioral health services to create a strengths based, family focused, gender responsive and recovery oriented system of care that takes into consideration the culture of the youth and family.

 

ABOUT US

Wraparound is a planning process used to build constructive relationships and support networks among young adults & their families. Our wraparound team includes Peer Specialists who offer a unique perspective and support for young adults having difficulty transitioning into adulthood. Peer Specialists are willing to share what they have learned on their journey of recovery. They tailor their support depending on each person’s individual needs.

CONTACT US

Karen Hensley, Project Director
Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc. (ABH®)

khensley@abhct.com 
860.227.9027

Michael Scanlon, Youth Advocate and Outreach Specialist
Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc. (ABH®)
mscanlon@abhct.com
860.414.1818

For Young Adults residing in Middletown:
Community Health Center (CHC), 675 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Kai Belton
860.347.6971  Ext 3920 
Beltonk@chc1.com
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For Young Adults residing in New London:
Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT, 7 Vauxhall St., New London, CT 06320
Marissa Valdiserra
860.442.2797  Ext 1236
valdiserram@childandfamilyagency.org

For Young Adults residing in Milford:
Bridges…A Community Support System, 949 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460
Debra Gannon
203.878.6365  Ext 318 
dgannon@bridgesmilford.org

Please be sure to check out our partner website, TurningPointCT, an online resource for wellness developed by young adults for young adults.     http://turningpointct.org

RESOURCES:

http://www.samhsa.gov/nitt-ta/healthy-transitions-grant-information
https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-and-Young-Adults
http://www.advocacyunlimited.org
http://www.youthmovenational.org
http://www.favor-ct.org
CT_STRONG_Updated.pdf

CHC_CTStrong_YoungAdult_Workshops_Temp_2.pdf

Gordon_-_Arnett_Flyer_2.pdf

 

 

Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc.

213 Court Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: (860) 638-5309
Fax: (860) 638-5302