NorthWest Regional Mental Health Board


...dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals who need support in their recovery from mental illness and/or addictions.


969 West Main Street, Suite 1B, Waterbury, CT 06708

Phone/Fax: (203) 757-9603

Executive Director: Janine Sullivan-Wiley
Chairman: Sandy Cole


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Background Facts

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.


What we do:

We fulfill our legislative mandate through the following activities:
  • Representation of:
    -family members
    -the communities and citizens of our region
  • Review and Evaluation of programs

  • Report findings to the Department and the community

  • Recommend funding for services

  • Provide Public Education

  • Plan for needed services

  • Advocate for changes when needed

  • Educate and train our constituent members in systems, services and advocacy

  • Enhance the quality of life for persons with mental illness and substance abuse or addiction

  • Develop focused committees:
    -Work Incentives
    -Consumer Action Group

The Northwest Regional Mental Health Board Inc., is a private, not-for-profit corporation, funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addition Services and the municipalities it serves.