In 1975 the state legislature established the
Catchment Area Councils and Regional Mental Health Boards to ensure that citizens from every town in Connecticut could be actively involved in the kind and quality of mental health services delivered in Connecticut.
The state is divided into twenty-three catchment areas (defined geographic areas, based on population) which make up five uniform Regions. Our Region consists of the forty-three towns in the northwestern part of the state.
Each Catchment Area Council is comprised of representatives appointed by the towns, which are lay citizens, called consumers who in turn elect mental health professionals, called providers. Within the group of consumers are persons in recovery, family members, and interested citizens.
Each Catchment Area Council elects four of its members to the Regional Mental Health Board, and from there, members are elected to the State Board.
Our Regional Board voted in 1998 to include membership from the Substance Abuse community as well, in recognition of the now merged nature of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.