Working for Those with Mental Health and Addiction Disorders

July 31, 2018

By: Senator John A. Kissel

Unfortunately many of our neighbors throughout North-Central Connecticut struggle with mental health disorders and addiction. The positive news is that we have organizations throughout Connecticut that are prepared and ready to help those in need – organizations that are dedicated to the rehabilitation of individuals and families.

The North Central Regional Mental Health Board (NCRMHB) is one of those organizations. NCRMHB is one of five regional mental health boards established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1974 to study local needs, evaluate state funded mental health programs and make recommendations to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, local providers and government officials. They strive to improve and expand services for those in need of behavioral health services or those with substance abuse disorders.

A few weeks ago I was honored by NCRMHB and Second Wind Clubhouse, another hard-working group in North-Central Connecticut, with their Annual Award to a Legislator. I was very humbled to receive this award for “Outstanding And Dedicated Service in the Connecticut General Assembly On Behalf of Individuals With Mental Health And/Or Addiction Needs”.

The work these advocacy groups do for individuals and families throughout our region is outstanding. When talking about value based health care, the programs and alliances they foster is a great example of how dedicated they are to helping those in need. These organizations provide opportunity to those who have often lost hope and a chance for individuals and families to rebuild their lives and work toward a better future.

I want to extend a thank you to the North Central Regional Mental Health Board and the Second Wind Clubhouse for honoring my work.

As the saying goes, “everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about,” these organizations and dedicated advocates help those individuals and I will continue to work to support them.