For over 60 years, Ability Beyond (formerly Ability Beyond Disability) has led the field in supporting people with disabilities, by providing person-centered, cutting-edge, and cost-effective services. We offer one of the most comprehensive systems of community-based support for people with disabilities in the Northeast, helping more than 2,400 people across two states to overcome a variety of challenges. It is through our innovative community job training and placement, supported living, and recreational and educational opportunities that we are able to help the individuals we serve to live full and rewarding lives.
Ability Beyond employment services help train people to work and then help them secure and maintain a job. Our 30-year track record of success in job training and placement has helped thousands of people to gain meaningful employment in the community and helped hundreds of businesses prosper by gaining dedicated, quality employees. For more info, see Employment Resources from Ability Beyond.
Addictions Help/Resources - Connecticut
Resources in Connecticut for help and treatment with addictions (these are links to external sites and will open in a new browser window).
• Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
• Easy-to-Read Drug Facts (from the National Institute on Drug Abuse)
This easy-to-read website talks about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment. It has pictures and videos to help readers understand the text. The website also can read each page out loud. The pages are easy to print out to share with people who do not have computers. This website does not show pictures of drugs or drug use, as such pictures can cause problems for people who are addicted to drugs.• Gambling Help - See Gambling Help in Connecticut
• Narcotics Anonymous (Connecticut Region)
• Connecticut Inpatient Drug Rehab Facilities - A comprehensive guide to Connecticut rehab treatment facilities (from Rehabs.com)
• SAMHSA - Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
• Treatment Centers in Connecticut (from TreatmentCenters.net)
• Valley Substance Abuse Action Council (VSAAC)
BHcare's VSAAC offers a variety of interactive workshops and presentations for youth and adults, as well as resource materials, curriculums, training programs, referrals, and other information about drug abuse, alcohol, and tobacco that can help parents, children, and the community become better aware and equipped to combat the intrusion of these harmful substances in our daily lives.
Teen Challenge New England - Residential drug recovery program for teens.
The Next Right Thing - Community-based substance abuse and mental health treatment for adolescents ages 16-23 and their families.
Connecticut Turning to Youth and Families (CTYF) - Prevention, treatment and recovery support services for youth and families.
The Courage To Speak Foundation, Inc. - Empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication.
R.E.A.C.H. OUT Project - The R.E.A.C.H. OUT Project is a nonprofit organization that provides peer-mentor support to youth and families struggling with behavioral, substance use, and/or mental health disorders. It was established to build an organization of dedicated community members whose desire is to provide advocacy, awareness, education, and support to youth and families around addiction, recovery, prevention, and at-risk behavior. Contact them at email@example.com
Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse - The principal mission of Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse (NECASA) is to prevent substance abuse in the youth population within the twenty-one towns covered by the coalition. The ultimate goal of NECASA is to reduce substance abuse in Northeast Connecticut.
Connecticut specific information regarding Advance Directives with links to other prominent Advance Directives resources.
Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Stigma Resources
Links to resources dealing with anti-discrimination and providing help and education about the myths, misconceptions, and bias surrounding mental illness.
Resources include the BringChangetoMind web resource created by Glenn Close, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO) for help in dealing with mental health stigma, misconceptions, and bias. The idea of a national anti-stigma campaign was born of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn about mental illness, which both her sister Jessie Close and nephew Calen Pick live with.
Also included is "No Kidding, Me Too!" Founded by actor Joey Pantoliano, well-known for his role in the HBO series The Sopranos, "No Kidding, Me Too!" is a nonprofit public charity whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to mental illness (brain dis-ease, or "BD") through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Their goal is to empower those with BD to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society.
The Center for Mental Health Services leads federal efforts to promote the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. Congress created CMHS to bring new hope to adults who have serious mental illness and children with emotional disorders.
College Resources for Persons with Disabilities
Here you'll find a listing of Connecticut Clubhouses and Social Clubs. You can locate a club by either city or clubhouse name.
CCADV is comprised of 18 programs throughout Connecticut. These programs provide services to victims of domestic violence. Their services are confidential, and available to all individuals regardless of age, race, religion, sexual preference, class, or physical ability. They offer safety planning, advocacy, information, referrals, counseling, support groups and emergency shelter. You can be immediately connected with a program in your area by calling our toll free domestic violence toll free hotline 1-888-774-2900.
This is a link to the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' comprehensive list of crisis centers. Crisis centers are located throughout the state. From the above link you can locate services by town or region.
For Crisis Intervention Services by Region, see:
Crisis Intervention Services Region One
Crisis Intervention Services Region Two
Crisis Intervention Services Region Three
Crisis Intervention Services Region Four
Crisis Intervention Services Region Five
The mission of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center is to ensure that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut. Because Connecticut's low-income residents are particularly affected by discriminatory housing practices, the Center devotes its scarce resources principally to assisting Connecticut's low-income residents.
CLRP is a nonprofit agency providing legal services for individuals with or in recovery from psychiatric disabilities, whether they are in hospitals or in the community.
Connecticut Legal Services is a private, non-profit, civil law firm dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals obtain justice. The bulk of their work consists of providing civil law representation and counseling to thousands of low-income families and individuals each year.
The Network of Care site is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health. It provides information about mental health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with mental health issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need
This is a complete directory of information about Connecticut's ridesharing, van pooling, and public transportation resources, including train and bus schedules, bus routes, Rideshare, Easy Street, etc.
Links to homeless, food, and emergency shelters in Connecticut:
• HomelessShelterDirectory.org (Connecticut) - A complete list of Connecticut Shelters.
• Connecticut Domestic Violence Shelters
• MACC Charities (Manchester)
• Mercy Housing and Shelters
• Columbus House (New Haven)
• My Sisters' Place (Hartford)
• Amazing Grace Food Pantry (Middletown)
• St. Vincent De Paul - Liberty Commons Supportive Housing (Middletown)
Connecticut Trauma Info and Help
Links to various trauma resources:
• Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
• The Trauma Directory (from Connecticut Women's Consortium):
• DMHAS Trauma Initiative
• Warm Lines and Crisis Lines
• Women and Children's Programs
• Dealing with the Effects of Trauma Self-Help Guide (from the SAMHSA "Recovering Your Mental Health" self-help guides)
Also see Trauma-Informed Care below for links to national trauma resources.
Domestic Violence Resources
Resources that can provide help regarding domestic violence issues:
Detailed driving directions to the AU Office and other locations frequently used for AU activities, meetings, classes, legislative activities, and other pertinent events.
Drug Dangers is committed to providing information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications. The website offers information of a range of drugs and medical products that can cause serious addiction, injury, or even death.
Drugwatch is dedicated to informing you about seemingly safe, doctor-prescribed drugs and medical devices that could negatively impact your health and your life. All prescription drugs have side effects, but some that are approved by the FDA carry serious risks to your long-term health. DrugWatch.com provides information about potentially dangerous drugs and their side effects as well as medical devices that may not be as safe as you assume.
Recall Guide was established as a completely free service to assist people who take medications to get access to critical information about FDA drug recalls, warnings, and to share information about drug interactions, side effects and other crucial information within our community. It is the most effective, easiest to use medication tracking platform on the market. Best of all, it's free! Keep track of your medications, and learn about important recalls and prescription information that may directly affect you. Their goal is to supply important and helpful information about your prescriptions. They do this by leveraging an active community of users and by sharing important updates about the safety of specific drugs.
The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that connects you to services for older adults and their families. It is a nationwide service that provides information on senior services for older Americans and their caregivers.
Gambling Help in Connecticut
Resources for support and help with problem gambling. Also see AU's Problem Gambling help.
• Gamblers Anonymous Meetings in Connecticut - A listing of meetings in Connecticut by day of the week and town.
• Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) - CCPG's mission is to reduce the prevalence and impact of problem and pathological (compulsive) gambling on individuals, families, and society. Toll-free confidential 24-hour helpline: 1-800-346-6238.
• DMHAS Problem Gambling Services - Help; prevention; training; help for family members, friends, employers and co-workers; resources for counselors; and more. Toll Free Help Line: 1-800-346-6238.
• Connecticut Partnership for Responsible Gambling - In 1999, as part of its on-going efforts to balance revenue raising goals with social responsibility, the CT Lottery teamed up with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to form the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling -- an alliance dedicated to promoting responsible gambling. The mission of the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling is to serve as a combined leading resource for responsible gambling by offering information on guidelines for responsible gambling, warning signs of problem gambling, and available treatment services. Each partner contributes to the effort by offering its expertise and support to the program.
• Problem Gambling Resources, Links, and Info - From Connecticut Clearinghouse.
Greater Hartford Legal Aid is a not-for-profit legal services agency whose staff helps clients with civil legal issues. We are advocates -- primarily lawyers and paralegals -- who use our resources and know-how to help people who have little money. Since 1958, GHLA attorneys have represented thousands of people and won significant victories for our clients in the fight for justice.
Take health care into your own hands. HealthCare.gov is a valuable resource for small businesses, consumers, and their families to search for coverage options and understand the new benefits under the Affordable Care Act. By putting the power of information at your fingertips, HealthCare.gov is helping American families everywhere to take control over their health care and make the choices that are right for them.
Plan Finder: Helping you get coverage before 2014The Insurance Finder tool enables users to begin the process of searching for coverage options. The tool asks users two initial questions: "select a state" and "which best describes you." Users then click on "next steps," and are redirected to a page on HealthCare.gov that continues with the insurance finder process based on answers to their specific questions.
HealthCare.gov allows consumers to search for both public and private health coverage options through an easy to use health insurance finder tool. Based on answers to a series of questions, the coverage finder produces a menu of potential coverage choices personalized for the user.
College and Higher Education Resources for Persons with Disabilities
Links to resources and information that can be helpful for persons seeking college or post graduate degrees…
• Student Health and Wellness Guide - A comprehensive health, nutrition, and wellness guide for students whether they are on campus or taking online courses. Students can be quick to let their health fall to the wayside when they start college, but staying aware of good and bad health habits can serve them well in the long-term. Physical health and nutrition are directly connected to mental health, effective study habits, and regular sleep patterns. This comprehensive guide can help students as they balance course work with other commitments and responsibilities. Also see Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students
• LearnPsychology.org - Mental Health and Well-being for College Students - A comprehensive guide to help college students identify common mental health disorders, their warning signs, how to manage them, and when to seek treatment. We're education enthusiasts who believe students who want to pursue a degree and career in mental health and psychology deserve to have access to the tools and resources they need to forge their path and meet their goals. At Learn Psychology, it is our goal to engage and inform by providing well-written, in-depth information, resources, and data for those interested in pursuing a degree in psychology and other mental health professions.
• Affordable Colleges for Students With Disabilities - A complete guide for students with disabilities, including Financing for Disabled Students (loans, grants, and scholarships), Top Schools for Students with Disabilities, Online College for Disabled Students, and Job Resources for Disabled Grads.
• Affordable Online Community College Programs - An expert-driven resource guidebook for students seeking advice and information about affordable programs from Community Colleges offering flexible online learning classes. Community colleges offer a truly cost effective option for students to earn a 2 year degree or the credits needed to transfer to a 4-year college.
• Online Learning for Students with Disabilities - A complete guide to distance learning for students with disabilities. Learn how to work with disability services, employ assistive technology, evaluate online programs, and succeed in the virtual classroom. Online programs today benefit from advances in technology and offer rigorous curricula that rival those of in-classroom programs. The freedom to learn from anywhere at any time, and often at a student's own pace, is attractive to many. But for students with disabilities, online learning can offer additional advantages. From OnlineCollegesDatabase.org.
• Guide to Social Worker Careers and Degree Programs - This new guide begins with an overview of the field and then dives into specific roles and responsibilities, essential skills, salary expectations by location, keys to career advancement, and degree and training options.
• Social Work - MSW Graduate Programs - From GradSchools.com, over 400 different social work programs that potential students can look into. Includes directories for both online and campus MSW social work graduate programs, plus information about social work graduate programs and careers.
• MSWOnlinePrograms.org - A website dedicated to helping social work students find the right graduate program at the right time in their career. The site offers a wealth of information relevant and helpful to your professional future. The site's blog is frequently updated with career information and other useful resources to get you on your way towards a long and successful journey in social work. Also see Careers in Social Work: Bachelor's Degree vs. Master's Degree.
• SocialWorkLicensure.org - Resources, help, and requirements for becoming a licensed Social Worker. This site was founded and developed to assist those students and professionals seeking social work licensure. The mission at SocialWorkLicensure.org is to provide an easy to navigate and more efficient way to explore social work licensure requirements in each state by pinpointing or linking directly to commonly sought social work licensure information, such as application forms and related materials. For Connecticut, see Connecticut Social Work Licensure.
• Accredited Online Colleges - The web's premier site for finding accredited online colleges around the US. School accreditation is vital to ensuring a quality education. But, determining accreditation can feel like working your way through a maze. Let our site be your guide. Accredited Online Colleges lets you search through countless accredited schools, based on a variety of criteria, to find the accredited college that best meets your needs. Also see Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education.
• We Connect Now - A website for college students with disabilities. We Connect Now was developed in an effort to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues. The website is used as a resource by institutions of higher learning, colleges, universities, and groups serving people with disabilities in all 50 states and at least 10 other nations.
In December 2009, SAMHSA's ADS Center (Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion) broadcast a teleconference covering the History of the Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Movement. This teleconference provided a context to help consumers/survivors and others understand the origins of the movement, the challenges that members of the movement have encountered and overcome, and the societal advances gained through effective advocacy. This movement set the stage for efforts to support individuals in their personal recovery and to strengthen support for continued systemic change.
"What is the mental health consumer/survivor movement? Why is it important to understand its origins? Coinciding with the emergence of other civil rights movements, the consumer/survivor movement arose from the need to advocate for changes in the way society viewed and treated people with mental health problems. Early pioneers of the movement overcame multiple barriers and challenges to establish a powerful voice with an enduring message of self-determination and inclusion. Despite the enormous successes of the consumer/survivor movement over the last several decades that include a complete re-orientation of the mental health system around the concept of recovery, negative perceptions and attitudes about people with mental health problems are still prevalent. Further, many people are not aware of the impact of the movement on contemporary attitudes or the full range of capabilities offered by people with mental health problems. Discussing the accomplishments of the consumer/survivor movement can provide inspiration and hope for consumers/survivors and others and spark public awareness of the benefits of social inclusion."
You can view and/or download this comprehensive and well-rounded document here…
History of the Consumer Movement (Adobe reader format, 3MB).
A comprehensive guide on housing and mortgages for people with disabilities covering everything from the process of buying a house to financial assistance and terminology.
Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Sources of information for housing and homelessness services for persons with disabilities, including supportive housing and group homes in Connecticut:
Latino Community Services (LCS) provides a variety of programs and services designed to work with individuals at risk of HIV infection, people living with HIV/AIDS, and organizations who focus on populations impacted by HIV/AIDS. Programs and services include HIV/STD Testing, HIV Rapid Test, Prevention Services, Services for people with HIV/AIDS, and much more.
A listing and map of legal service agencies in Connecticut for low-income and elderly individuals. Also see on this page:
A listing of the primary Mental Health Authority in each region, along with a link to the DMHAS web page of all MHA's in the region.
Malta House of Care provides free basic primary health care to the uninsured at various locations in the cities of Hartford and Waterbury.
Excessive heat exposure can pose higher risks for those on psychotropic medication or other substances. Individuals with behavioral health conditions who are taking psychotropic medications, or using certain substances such as illicit drugs and alcohol, may be at a higher risk for heatstroke and heat-related illnesses. These medications and substances can interfere with the body's ability to regulate heat and an individual's awareness that his or her body temperature is rising…read more.
NAMI-CT is the only Connecticut organization affiliated with NAMI, the nation's leading grassroots family and consumer organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with serious mental illnesses and their families. Founded in 1984 by a group of Connecticut families, NAMI-CT is now the strongest family and consumer organization in the state, serving thousands of people. NAMI-CT offers support, education, and advocacy to people living with psychiatric conditions, family members, friends, professionals and the public at large. Visit the NAMI-CT website.
The New Haven Legal Assistance Association (LAA) provides high-quality legal services to individuals, families and groups in the greater New Haven area, including the lower Naugatuck Valley, who are unable to obtain legal services because of limited income, age, disability, discrimination and other barriers. LAA was one of the first legal services programs established and the federal government used it as a model for similar programs throughout the country. LAA continues to provide free legal services to eligible individuals and families in the greater New Haven area.
On the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law issues this call to action to inform advocates, policymakers, and the public about the vital role the Supreme Court's landmark decision plays in enabling people with mental illnesses to benefit from community life. Too many people with mental illnesses remain segregated in board-and-care homes, nursing facilities, and other institutional placements at high cost to strapped state mental health systems, even though supportive community living is cost-effective–and the right thing to do. The time for action is long past! See the full article (.pdf document, opens in a new browser window).
Your Rights as a Client or Patient, from the DMHAS website. Also see The Rights of People with Mental Illness in Connecticut.
Prescription drug assistance programs that, for a small processing fee, provide free or nearly free medications to low-income individuals and families. These references are provided as information only. While these programs and organizations appear reputable, Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. does not guarantee or endorse these organizations, and assumes no responsibility for the use or application of any posted information in these programs. For more information and a listing of these programs, see Prescription Drug Assistance.
Find public Internet access sites, either in specific towns or throughout Connecticut.
Recovery Basic Premises and Recovery Core Values for the Mental Health and Addictions Recovery System, as developed by Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. and The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR).
SAMHSA's series of self-help guides providing facts, strategies, and ideas that consumers/survivors have found helpful in exercising best practices in promoting wellness and preventing illness. The information in this series supports recovery in conjunction with health care treatment.
A listing of Connecticut's five Regional Mental Health Boards, along with a link to the Catchment Area Councils (CAC's) in each region.
Respectful Disability Language
Links to information, resources, and guides for using appropriate and respectful disability language / terminology (these links open in a new browser window):
The complete and definitive booklet, written by Yale law student Carl Riehl with the assistance of Attorneys Edward Mattison and Thomas Behrendt, describing the legal rights of people with mental illness in Connecticut. Also see Patient's Rights.
Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities
Section 8 Waiting List - Connecticut (Housing Choice Voucher Program)
To see open Section 8 waiting lists in Connecticut, visit the Housing Choice Voucher Program website. You can also register to be notified by email when a waiting list is opened. To find out about other affordable housing options, see Housing Resources on the 2-1-1 Connecticut website.
- Low Income/Subsidized Private Rental Housing (from 2-1-1 Info Line)
- For a list of contact info by town, see CT Towns Renters Rebate Information.
- Manchester Renter's Rebate: The Senior, Adult and Family Services Division of the Town of Manchester is accepting applications for the State of Connecticut Renter's Rebate Program through October 1st, 2015. This program provides a one time yearly payment to renters based on income, rent and utilities that were paid from the previous year (2014). Applicants must be 65 or over by 12/31/14 or be permanently and totally disabled as defined by Social Security and at least 18 years of age by 12/31/14. Income limits apply. To make an appointment to apply, please call 860-647-3096. We are located at 479 Main Street in the Weiss Building. See Manchester Renter's Rebate for more info.
- GoSection8 - The largest nationwide rental-listing service for the Section 8 housing market. Very easy to search for Section 8 Housing by Zip Code. We service families, landlords, and public-housing agencies across the United States. Hundreds of thousands of tenants and landlords nationwide benefit from our programs. The company's core mission is to help Americans living in poverty. We provide free information about current housing options under HUD's Section 8 Housing Voucher Program in every market in the country.
A directory of phone numbers and web addresses to assist you in finding help on several subjects.
Resources and help regarding psychiatric service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals:
Shelters in Connecticut
See Connecticut Shelters.
Social Security Disability Resources
• Social Security and Disability Resource Center
The goal of the Social Security and Disability Resource Center is to inform readers about how the disability process works.
• SSI/SSDI - A Guide to Applying for Disability Benefits for People with a Mental Health Disorder
How to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for persons with a Mental Health Disorder. This article by Molly Clarke provides step-by-step instructions explaining how to apply for benefits and what to expect throughout. Molly Clarke is a writer for the Social Security Disability Help blog
• SSI/SSDI Benefits and Employment Mythbusters
A document created by DMHAS, BRS, and SSA regarding myths surrounding Work, Disability, and Benefits to help clarify common misconceptions about SSI/SSDI benefits and employment (.pdf document)
Note: Depending on your Internet connection, this document may take a few minutes to download (size = 6MB).
• Social Security Administration
The Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
A convenient link where you can find and write to your state, local, and U.S. Legislators and Congress Members.
Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to helping as many low income people as possible to understand their civil (non-criminal) legal problems. We cooperate with other non-profit law firms and volunteer attorneys to provide a broad range of legal services to Connecticut's low income. Eligible clients can call us about any non-criminal legal issue, but we can be most helpful to people calling about housing (including evictions, public housing, repairs, and foreclosure), children and families (including divorce, child support, custody, guardianship, visitation, and restraining orders), benefits and work, consumer issues, elderly concerns, utilities and energy.
Links to several helpful and effective Suicide and Crisis Help websites.
Also see Connecticut Crisis Services.
Tardive Dyskinesia Information and Resources
The following websites provide much information about Tardive Dyskinesia including what it is, typical causes, diagnosis, treatment options, and legal options.
Tardive-Dyskinesia (www.tardive-dyskinesia.com) - Tardive, meaning late, and dyskinesias being movement disorders, are neurological side effects of anti-psychotic medications that can be disabling and disfiguring. The Tardive-Dyskinesia website offers information on the symptoms, treatment, and side effects of Tardive Dyskinesia and information on the many anti-psychotic drugs utilized in the treatment of schizophrenia. Resources for contacting a lawyer and learning about legal rights regarding Tardive Dyskinesia are also available on the site.
Teen Challenge New England (Residential drug recovery program)
Teen Challenge is a 15 to 21-month Christian residential drug recovery program with an incredible success rate for graduates. 86.6% of graduates after seven years remain drug and crime free, as opposed to 6-7% rate for secular programs. It is part of a network of 10 Teen Challenge centers across New England and New Jersey.
The Next Right Thing, LLC offers community-based substance abuse and mental health treatment for adolescents (ages 16-23) and their families. Substance abuse and mental health problems are symptoms of a disease in an adolescent's life. Treatment in the community with families and peers is the solution.
The Next Right Thing is located in Bishop's Corner, West Hartford at the crossroads of North Main Street and Route 44, offering easy access to neighboring communities.
Links to trauma-informed care resources:
Also see Connecticut Trauma Info and Help above.
Understanding Mental Health - Get Help Coping with a Traumatic Event and Learn the Facts about Mental Illness and Violence
More than a dozen helpful resources from SAMHSA relating to Coping with a Traumatic Event and Learning the Facts about Mental Illness and Violence. All resources can be found here.
Veterans - Resources and Help for Veterans and Their Families
• Jobs and Employment Resources - Job listings and employment resources specifically for Veterans and service members.
• Veterans Job Bank - Search millions of jobs based on your military background. Translate your military skills to a civilian career.
• SAMHSA - Veterans and their families are a SAMHSA priority, and SAMHSA has provided a number of helpful resources for veterans…
~ Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors - Information about health care, pensions, education and training, home loans, life insurance, transition assistance and how to appeal a decision on a claim for benefits.
~ VA's National Center for PTSD - Fact sheets, tips, and guides on coping with war trauma or a loved one's return from deployment
• Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans & Families (.pdf document)
• DMHAS Veterans Services - Serving Connecticut's Veterans, Citizen Soldiers, and their Families.
• PTSD Foundation of America
PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post traumatic stress, providing hope and healing for the unseen wounds of war. Many warriors are coming home with visible wounds; countless others are coming home with scars we cannot see, wounded souls from witnessing the horrors of war over and over again - PTSD. We feel it is our duty as Americans to help these mighty warriors and their families adjust and find their new normal. Visit PTSD Foundation of America at PTSDusa.net
“A Veteran – whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’” ~ PTSD Foundation of America
• Healing From Complex Trauma and PTSD
Assisting people in their healing from complex trauma journey. Also for those supporting someone they know, or wishing to educate themselves further about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder C-PTSD, and complex trauma.
• Make the Connection
Connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. Hear inspiring stories of strength. Learn what has worked for other Veterans. Discover positive steps you can take - all in the words of Veterans just like you. Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs aimed at helping Veterans overcome and seek treatment for mental health conditions. The campaign provides extensive resources for Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress, including:
~ VA approved treatment and support resources
~ Hundreds of video testimonials from Veterans who overcame PTSD
~ Information on how to recognize PTSD and seek treatment
• WristbandSupplies.com - Raising Awareness for Veteran Organizations
~ Ways to support Veterans: Homes for Veterans; Jobs for Veterans; Veterans with PTSD
• Mesothelioma Help for Veterans
~ Mesothelioma Group - Supporting Veterans – The Mesothelioma Group is a charitable organization supporting the VFW and American Legion. With over 30% of all mesothelioma patients being Veterans, a main part of their mission is to spread mesothelioma awareness to Veterans and their family members. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the extensive amount of asbestos used in past military equipment. The goal at the Mesothelioma Group is to increase awareness, improving survival rates and life expectancy. The Mesothelioma Group Support Community provides step-by-step guidance, Veteran support, and up-to-date resources for veterans, all for free.
~ MesotheliomaHelp.org - Veteran Asbestos Exposure – Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of active duty are entitled to benefits from the federal government. Veterans have a higher incidence of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases than the general population. In fact, veterans make up approximately 30 percent of all U.S. cases of mesothelioma.
~ Mesotheliomaguide.com – Veterans who develop mesothelioma as a result of their service in the military are entitled to benefits and assistance from the U.S. government. This guide will help you understand your benefits and help you file and receive your VA Benefits.
~ Connecting wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with those who support them. The National Resource Directory (NRD) provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.
~ A variety of graduate school scholarships are available to military veterans, and their spouses and families to help fund an advanced degree. Find scholarships,resources and tips for navigating the application process. In this guide, you'll find funding tips you can use in addition to, or in place of, the GI Bill. Many of the sources are tailored to veterans, their spouses or family members looking for alternative options to pay for school. You will also find a checklist for applying for scholarships and numerous resources for finding additional aid opportunities.
• Military Crisis Line (for Active Duty, Reserves, or Guard)
• Veterans Crisis Line (for Veterans)
• Veteran's Family and Friends Crisis Line (for Family and Friends)
• Veterans 24x7 Confidential Online Chat
If you're a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, responders at the Veterans Crisis Line online chat offer help that can make a difference. Caring, qualified VA professionals are standing by to provide free and confidential support. Use the Veterans Chat to get online support anonymously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – even if you're not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Responders will work with you to help you get through any personal crisis, even if that crisis does not involve thoughts of suicide.
Information for many of Connecticut's non-crisis Warm Lines as well as links to several helpful and extremely effective Suicide and Crisis Help websites.
Also see Connecticut Crisis Services.
We Connect Now - A website for college students with disabilities
Work as a Priority: A Resource for Employing People Who Have Serious Mental Illnesses and Who Are Homeless
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, this guidebook is designed to help service providers and others make informed decisions as they guide people who are experiencing homelessness and have mental illnesses into employment.
You and Your Mental Wellness: Award winning monthly talk show
Victoria Molta is host and producer of the award winning monthly talk show, "You and Your Mental Wellness." She is a person in recovery and a long time mental health advocate having worked at lead mental health agencies and clubhouses around the state for over twenty five years. She is in touch with the challenges, struggles and triumphs of people with mental health and/or substance use issues. Her show won a Connecticut Mental Health Media Award in 2012 from National Alliance on Mental Illness-CT, and the CT Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Her show airs on cable access television in New Haven and Madison, and on YouTube. She has featured leaders in the mental health field around the state who have discussed anything from Reiki to nutrition to resources of support groups and healing centers. The primary message is to feature guests who have turned their lives around despite enormous odds against them. They have never given up their hope that recovery is possible. Watch this month's episode now.
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