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We are very pleased to advise all of our
friends, colleagues and members that on January 8, 2018, DMHAS
advised us that the proposal that was submitted
the two Regioanl Action Councils in this Region and this Board
(the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse,
and the Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Action Council and the
Northwest Regional Mental Health Board)
to enter a strategic
partnerhsip leading to a full merger of the three organizations
by the end of the year
This will fulfill
DMHAS' goal to move from five Regional Boards and 13 Regional
to five Regional Behavioral Action
Organizations in the coming year.
As you can imagine, this process will be
complicated and there are many details still to be worked out.
However, BOTH WE AND THE RACS INVOLVED WILL CONTINUE TO DO
OUR WORK, AND FULFILL OUR MANDATES AS STIPULATED IN STATE
We welcome your thoughts and support
during this process.
Regional Needs Assessment
and Priority Planning Report:
Our Regional Needs
Assessment and Priority Planning Report is now complete.
Thank you to the roughly 500 individuals whose opinions,
observations and comments are captured in those results.
You can access the full report here:
Region V Needs Assessment and Priority Planning Report
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
office at (203) 757-9603, or email
for more information or to register :
to the newest Mental Health First Aiders from the class we
co-taught to the nursing students at Northwest Community College
The next class we will be
teaching will be held in:
January 26 and 27. There are a few spaces left ion that
class; please call if you are interested in attending. As it is
being co-taught by Valerie Cooper English and supported by
Mental Health CT with their SAMHSA grant, there is no charge.
Call for or email for more
NOTE: This is a two-part class
and participants must attend both days to become certified.You
can find out about other classes that might interest you at
for classes that apply to adolescents and teens and
for courses that pertain to adults.
Background on Mental Health First Aid:
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour certification course given
over 2 days that helps individuals and communities better
understand mental health issues and respond accordingly to
others who may be experiencing distress.
One way of looking at it as that it covers
When - How"
for people in the community.
"What?" Understanding the most common mental health issues
(in adults) so
you will understand what you might be observing.
"When?" When is doing something appropriate?
"How?" And if doing something might be appropriate,
what can you do?
Who should take Mental Health First Aid training?
Primary care professionals;
police and corrections officers;
Nursing home staff;
Town social workers;
School personnel, nurses and
Employers, human resources
professionals and business leaders;
volunteers, and the general public.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR YOUTH:
Youth Mental Health
First Aid is a different course, with a focus on the
unique risk factors and warning signs of
mental health problems of children and adolescents aged 12-18.
Our Board has a long history of supporting
smoking cessation initiatives, and supporting individuals and
organizations to move to smoke-free.
If you are trying to quit, please refer to the
resources listed in our Resource Guides (see the link marked
or you can contact the Connecticut QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW
MEMBER NEWS AND UPDATES:
There are still vacancies in several towns;
please check out these opportunities under the "Local Council"
Remember that all of our meetings are open to the public. If you
are interested in attending to "see what it's all about," give
us a call and we can arrange for you to be greeted, and have a
seat saved for you.
One of our town representatives expressed
some of what her involvement has meant to her:
"I enjoy so much being part of the NWRMHB
volunteer council. The town appointees and the providers truly
care about others. It has been a very positive experience. Best
for me is seeing and learning how to address otherwise
uncomfortable situations with non-confrontational grace. I am
learning so much more every meeting about our mental health
mission as well."
Well on a Budget:
This is a new pamphlet
developed by the Consumer Action Group. You can link to this
useful resource here:
Eating Healthy on a Budget
Transportation Primer for Providers
This helpful resource of information about
public transportation in the Northwest Region (the 43 towns of
Region V) was developed by the Consumer Action Group. This means
wit was conceived by and developed by people that use public
transportation as their primary means of getting around. Helpful
and straightforward, it can be used by individuals or as a
training tool for providers of services many of whom have rarely
if ever had to rely on public transportation themselves.
We recognize that schedules, rates and more can change at any
time. If you see something that needs updating - please let us
know! As always, we appreciate your feedback.
You can access it by following the link below:
Transportation Primer for Providers.
- You can contact us easily at
by phone at (203) 757-9603
mail to 969 West Main St., Suite 1B, Waterbury CT 06708
To really keep up
with what's going on in your own area, you are invited and
encouraged to come to your own local Catchment Area Council
meeting. The dates of those meetings can be found on this
website, as can directions.
ALL of our meetings are
open to the public and guests are always welcome. Please note
our Inclement Weather Policy:
meetings are cancelled if the
public schools in that town are closed, not just delayed,
for the day.
If there is specific information you are seeking, call, write or
send us an email.
Thanks for visiting
our site! We were unable to update it for months due to
technical problems, but are happy to be able to update it now.
updated January 19, 2018