Connecticut Launches Network of Care for Behavioral Health

October 10, 2007
Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Hartford, Conn. – The Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), in recognizing October 7th – October 13th as Mental Illness Awareness Week in the United States, proudly announces the launch Connecticut’s Network of Care website. This site is available at www.ct.networkofcare.org, and provides a one-stop, localized, online resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness.

The Network of Care was designed specifically to improve access to services in Connecticut online by offering critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It makes available a vast array of services and information about community-based social services for people with mental illness and their families and service providers.

“The new Network of Care website provides an invaluable resource for the residents of the State of Connecticut – especially to those in our communities who are looking for help, referrals, support or services,” said Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele. “I’d like to say thank you to Commissioner Kirk, the Connecticut Mental Health Transformation Oversight Committee, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the dedicated staff at the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services for making this resource possible.”

Network of Care strives to be accessible to those with limited computer or Web experience, those with limited English proficiency, limited finances and/or physical disabilities.

“This is a powerful tool that promotes knowledge and information about mental health,” stated DMHAS Commissioner Kirk. “The Network of Care makes needed resources readily available for individuals and families who are dealing with the problems associated with mental illness. It also provides support and information for those interested in learning more about mental health and wellness.”

Connecticut’s Network of Care is a result of legislation (Section 17a-453e, C. G. S.) and the Connecticut Mental Health Transformation Initiative, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Please visit the Network of Care at www.ct.networkofcare.org.