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Connecticut Links:

ADA Coalition of Connecticut (ADACC)

Alcoholics Anonymous Connecticut (Area 11)

Advance Directives

Capitol Region Mental Health Center

Centers for Independent Living

Central Naugatuck Valley Help, Inc.

Chrysalis Center, Inc.

Community Health Resources (CHR)

Connecticut Association of Centers for Independent Living (CACIL)

Connecticut Business Leadership Network (CTBLN)

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV)

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)

Connecticut Fair Housing Center

Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc. (CLRP)

Connecticut's Network of Care for Behavioral Health

Connecticut Women's Consortium

The Courage to Speak Foundation, Inc.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

Department of Social Services (DSS)

Disabilities Network of Eastern Connecticut (DNEC)

Disability Resource Center of Fairfield County (DRCFC)

FAVOR - Family Advocacy Organization for Children's Mental Health

Focus On Recovery-United (FOR-U)

Healthnet - UCONN Health Center Library

HealthyPlace.com

Hispanic Health Council

Independent Living Centers in CT

InfoLine 2·1·1

InterCommunity, Inc.

Keep the Promise Coalition

Latino Community Services

Liberty Community Services

LifeBridge Community Services - 163-year-old nonprofit social service agency in Bridgeport, Connecticut

MACC Charities (Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charities)

Maeve - Psychiatric Service Dog

MARC, Inc. of Manchester

Marrakech, Inc.

Mental Health Association of CT (MHAC)

Michael Skinner - Healing Trauma, Abuse, and Mental Health through Music, Education, and Advocacy

• Michael has triumphed over years of victimization during his childhood and adult years. He has transformed this horrific experience into a positive and caring force for others.

My Sisters' Place

NAMI-CT

Narcotics Anonymous  (Connecticut Region)

The Next Right Thing

• The Next Right Thing specializes in community-based substance abuse and mental health treatment for adolescents (ages 16-23) and their families. Drug addiction is taking a heavy toll on too many families in our towns. Too many lives have been lost. Add other mental health problems and parents are overwhelmed. The Next Right Thing was created to meet families' complex needs. We specialize in the unique problems associated with adolescent substance abuse and mental health problems. Parents find help and hope with other parents. Adolescents find their way home.

Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A)

• P&A is an independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut. Part of a nationwide network of protection and advocacy systems, the Office operates under both State and federal legislative mandates to provide information, referral, and advocacy services; pursue legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities who experience disability-related discrimination; investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that arise in specific service settings or that affect individuals with particular disabilities; and provide education, information and training on disability rights to policy makers, advocacy groups and members of the public.

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, individuals and families affected by substance use and/or mental health disorders.

Recovery Housing:

FindRecoveryHousing.com - An internet site that serves as a referral source to recovery (sober) housing. Modeled after vacation rental sites, this one-of-a-kind service allows users to search recovery housing by zip code, location, gender and more. And searching the site is free! Our mission is to help you find a recovery house, in your neighborhood or across the countrya place where you can get well, and get your life back in order. With over 10 years experience as advocates for the Recovery Community in Connecticut, we realized helping people find a good environment to heal was a great need. So we compiled this Recovery Housing database to help you find a good recovery house anywhere in the country.
DMHAS Supported Recovery Housing - A listing by city of Recovery Housing Service Providers that are approved by DMHAS.
My Sisters' Place - A safe haven in Hartford, CT, for homeless women and their children who are suddenly forced into the streets due to domestic violence, eviction, unemployment, or mental illness.

Rocking Recovery: We Must Be Deafening

• As if it weren't enough of a challenge, living with a mental illness, substance use issue, or addiction, navigating the disjointed system of services is its own obstacle course! We hope to collect valuable insight from our peers to inform needed changes in the system of services as it exists today. As a result of this book, we hope to provide the catalyst to bring mental health and addiction services into the 21st Century.

Teen Challenge New England (Residential drug recovery program for teens)

• Teen Challenge New England and New Jersey provides adults, teens, and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution, clinical counseling, and life-coaching for drugs, alcohol, and other life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society.

TurningPointCT.org

• One out of five 18 to 25 year-olds are affected by mental health issues. Fortunately, there are many ways to get help and we're here to point you in the right direction. TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. We know what it's like to feel alone, stressed, worried, sad, and angry. We've lived through the ups and downs of self-harm, drugs and alcohol, and the struggle to find help.

United Services Inc.

• United Services is an award-winning, private, nonprofit behavioral health center, creating healthy communities throughout Northeastern Connecticut since 1964. We are the major provider of mental and behavioral health treatment, prevention and education programs in the areas we serve, and also provide critical social services to those in our care.

V.I.P. - Volunteers in Psychotherapy

• A community nonprofit organization that provides truly private psychotherapy for no fee or a low fee. Clients "pay for" their therapy by doing independent volunteer work for the charity of their choice. Preserve the Privacy of your Personal Psychotherapy Discussions by not using your insurance. No Reports Sent to Managed Care or Insurance Companies.

Human Rights Links:

Leah Ida Harris - A mother, a survivor, storyteller, and a crusader for social justice, human rights, and disability rights.

Mad in America - Providing news, resources, blogs, forums, and a community for people interested in critically re-thinking mental health care in the US and abroad.

Recovering from Psychiatry - “I spent fourteen years lost in the mental health system. Today, I live free from psychiatric labels and psychotropic drugs.”  Laura Delano, a psychiatric liberation activist, writer, and community organizer…"What does it mean to recover from Psychiatry?  For me, it's meant healing from the physical, emotional, cognitive, and existential trauma of psychiatric labels and psychotropic drugs, which has taken time, patience, acceptance, and unyielding determination." Laura's website hosts many of the resources she found helpful throughout her process of awakening and liberation from Psychiatry. She believes that self-education -- and challenging the narratives of those in positions of social, political, and financial power -- is critical if one is to make truly informed choices.

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) - We believe that we are a part of a civil and human rights movement and that real change does not happen on a sustainable level unless everyone is involved in the process and issues like discrimination, poverty, imbalances of power and acceptance of natural diversity are addressed.

SAMHSA Links:

SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health.

SAMHSA has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome.

To continue to improve the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services, SAMHSA has identified 10 Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency's work on people and emerging opportunities. See SAMHSA's 10 Strategic Initiatives.

SAMHSA - Co-Occurring Disorders - This is the section of SAMHSA's website dedicated to news, features, and resources for Co-Occurring Disorders.

SAMHSA - Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity, and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health  (The ADS Center) - SAMHSA's ADS Center helps people design, implement and operate programs that reduce discrimination and stigma associated with mental illnesses. With the most up-to-date research and information, the Center helps individuals, organizations and governments counter such discrimination and stigma in the community, in the workplace, and in the media.

Previously called the Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma, SAMHSA has changed the name of the ADS Center.  Reducing stigma will continue to be part of the ADS Center's work.

SAMHSA - Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pleased to provide this on-line resource for locating treatment facilities for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

SAMHSA - What a Difference a Friend Makes - SAMHSA launched the Mental Health Campaign for Mental Health Recovery to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems. The prevalence of serious mental health conditions in this age group is almost double that of the general population, yet young people have the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. This group has a high potential to minimize future disability if social acceptance is broadened and they receive the right support and services early on.

Other Links:

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) - The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks. We also believe that we are a part of a civil and human rights movement and that real change does not happen on a sustainable level unless everyone is involved in the process and issues like discrimination, poverty, imbalances of power and acceptance of natural diversity are addressed.

9Muses Art Center - 9Muses Art Center is a drop-in center in Lauderhill, FL, for those with mental and behavioral health issues. The center provides advocacy, education, empowerment and prevention and offers a fine arts curriculum to promote recovery. Contact 9Muses for additional information.

I'm Not Ashamed - Spreading the message that mental heath conditions are nothing to be ashamed of! They are not a choice, character flaw, or a weakness. We are helping end the harmful stigma associated with mental heath conditions and advocating for better and more accessible healthcare. Tweet @teamnotashamed.

South Dakota United For Hope and Recovery - SDUnited is a statewide peer-run non-profit organization. We are managed and directed by people with lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and/or extreme/altered states. We are growing potential as we pursue improved advocacy, education, and support by and with our peers:

Our Mission - South Dakota United for Hope and Recovery is a peer-run statewide education, advocacy, and support organization dedicated to sharing experience and knowledge of mental health recovery and wellness principles with the people of our state.

Our Vision - We envision a world where people acknowledge that everyone goes through mental distress and trauma; a world where people treat one another with mutual respect and have equal rights and responsibilities, including the right to choose their own path to recovery and healing.

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