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One in five people has a diagnosable mental health issue. This common health concern affects the ability to sustain relationships, employment and housing. Often, substance use complicates the problem. The Connection staff is skilled in addressing all of these needs. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health or substance use issue, you can turn to us for help.

We offer a range of residential, outpatient and community-based services customized to you’re your needs. Our community-based programs include outpatient behavioral health clinics, gambling-specific treatment programs, state-mandated driving-while-intoxicated and drug education programs for first-time offenders and evidence-based prevention strategies to reduce the incidence of substance use among youth.

Below is a listing of some of our Behavioral Health programs, click on each to read more…

Bettor Choice Counseling Services

Bettor Choice Counseling Services

Bettor Choice Counseling Services are designed for problem gamblers and their families.

In 1982, the state of Connecticut established the nation’s first outpatient problem gambling treatment program. The Bettor Choice Program, created in 1998, has expanded specialized gambling treatment services to 17 sites statewide. The Connection has two program sites in New Haven and Middletown. These programs offer substance abuse and mental health counseling services to problem gamblers and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

At any Bettor Choice site, an individualized treatment plan is developed for each client. Treatment may include individual, group, marital and/or family therapy and financial counseling.

New Haven Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Evening hours available by appointment.
Middletown Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information about Bettor Choice, please contact Amanda Truppui-Echert, Program Director, at (203) 915-7925 or at amtruppieckert@theconnectioninc.org.

The Connection Counseling Centers

The Connection Counseling Centers

The Connection Counseling Centers provide the latest and most innovative substance use and mental health treatment services for adults and families in convenient locations throughout the state.

Services provided include:
  • Evaluations
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Medication Management
Counseling Center Locations:
  • 196 Court Street, Middletown
  • 542 Long Hill Road, Groton
  • 178 State Street, Meriden
  • 205 Orange Street, New Haven
  • 48 Howe Street, New Haven
  • 263 Main Street, Old Saybrook
  • 37 Garden Street, Hartford
  • 101 Water Street, Norwich

Office Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, with evening and weekend appointments available upon request.
Medicare, Medicaid, State and Commercial Insurances are accepted.

For appointments, call our Toll-Free HELPLINE (855) HELP 955 • (855) 435-7955
For more information about The Connection Counseling Centers, please contact Terry Nowakowski, Director of Behavioral Health Services at (860) 343-5500 x2550 or at tenowakowski@theconnectioninc.org.

Cornerstone

Cornerstone

Cornerstone provides housing and psychosocial rehabilitation to adults with prolonged mental illness who are at risk of hospitalization or homelessness. The program is designed to serve clients in need of 24-hour support due to significant disabilities in social and daily living functioning. Located in New Haven, the house provides furnished, single bedroom accommodations along with a shared living room, recreational lounge, bathrooms, and kitchen facilities. Services within this congregate style community residence are comprehensive in scope but specially tailored to individual client needs.

All residents are expected to participate in a schedule of in-house and community activity such as day psychosocial programs, vocational training, or other activities that are appropriate to the individual’s needs, abilities, and interests. The goal is to assist individuals suffering from severe mental illness move from hospitalization to residence in the community, and to increase skills to live as independently as possible. The residential support services are integrated with clinical, psychosocial and vocational services offered by other providers in the Mental Health Network of South Central Connecticut.

Program services include:
  • Assistance with symptom management
  • Supervision of self-administration of medications
  • Guidance on budgeting and money management
  • Shared responsibility for the care of the house
  • Participation in group events
  • Orientation to community resources

For more information about Cornerstone, please contact Jessica Warner, Program Manager, at (203) 777-3216 or at jawarner@theconnectioninc.org.

Michael J. Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention

Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention

Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention is comprised of a 10 or 15 week alcohol educational program and a 15 week drug educational program that address the problems of driving under the influence. This court-mandated program is designed for first-time offenders who are given the opportunity to erase the arrest from their records upon successful completion of the program. The program is diversionary in that was developed to address the public policy issue of operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It seeks, through the use of an evidence-based approach of clinical intervention, to reduce the incidence of repeat or multiple offending. It also seeks to identify those offenders who are in need of more intensive services to address their substance use needs.

The Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention was established to honor the work of Dr. Michael Perlin, a former member of the Board of Directors of ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc., an organization that merged with The Connection, Inc., from 2003 to 2010. Dr. Perlin was Professor Emeritus of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University and co-author of the Connecticut Pretrial Alcohol Education System, the State of Connecticut’s Drinking Driving Rehabilitation Program, which became the DMHAS-funded Pretrial Alcohol Education System and Pretrial Drug Education Program for first-time offenders. These two community justice programs, now provided under the umbrella of the Michael Perlin Center, enable The Connection to serve thousands of individuals in nearly a dozen communities throughout Connecticut.

For more information about the Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention, please contact Amanda Truppi-Eckert, Program Director, at (475) 238-6220 or at amtruppieckert@theconnectioninc.org.

Norton Court Supportive Independent Residences

Norton Court Supportive Independent Residences

Norton Court offers case management and supportive housing services to adults diagnosed with chronic mental illness. The program’s focus is to ensure that its clients are able to live successfully and independently in the community. Norton Court is the only strictly scattered-site program in the New Haven area, and has been successful in reducing clients’ risk of hospitalization.

In addition to on-site and community based case management, program staff facilitate psycho-educational, recovery support, social and recreational groups weekly. Our groups are designed to meet the needs of clients who are all in different stages of recovery and are based on best practices curricula. Program services include, but are not limited to:
  • Housing assistance
  • Referrals to clinical and or rehabilitative services
  • Daily life skills
  • Crisis intervention
  • Entitlements and community resources assistance
  • Transportation assistance

Referrals are received through the Community Services Network (CSN). For more information about the Norton Court program, please contact Kristin Giblin, Program Manager, at (203) 562-8260 or at kgiblin@theconnectioninc.org.

Outreach and Engagement

Outreach and Engagement

The Outreach and Engagement program is an interagency endeavor that includes The Connection, Columbus House, Inc., Hill Health Corporation, and Marrakech Behavioral Health Services. This multi-agency team provides a range of community-based services in New Haven to homeless adults who are not engaged with needed services.

The program serves homeless adults, ages 18 years and older, with serious mental illness and/or chronic substance use issues who are currently not engaged in treatment and other services, or who have a history of being discharged from treatment for non-compliance. Outreach activities serve to identify potential clients and screen for program eligibility. The ultimate goal of the Outreach and Engagement is to transfer clients to traditional, long-term services and/or natural supports.

A variety of case management services are provided according to the clients’ ability to identify needs and accept services. Such services include procuring basic needs, efforts to reduce potential harm to the individual, both imminent and chronic, and referral and linkage to various needed services.

For more information about the Outreach and Engagement program, please contact Keyonna Black, Program Director, at (203) 389-4357, or at kkblack@theconnectioninc.org.

Park Street Inn

Park Street Inn

Park Street Inn is a 15-bed residential living center designed to meet the needs of adult individuals who have histories of multiple or prolonged hospitalizations, due to mental illness, and who face complex challenges that complicate their recovery.

The program is an innovative, multidisciplinary collaboration between The Connection, Fellowship Place, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, and Hill Health Corporation. The program provides a therapeutic, homelike atmosphere, where residents can safely address their individual needs. Through a high-structure, low demand community setting, the program provides residents with a period of transition designed to assist them in gaining the skills they need to live more independently in the community. The program is designed to meet the needs of persons who previously were unable to access the appropriate combination of resources and require a high level of support to assist them in developing fundamental skills that will allow them to return to their community.

Referrals into the program come from the state hospitals, including the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, the Greater Bridgeport Mental Health Center, Connecticut Valley Hospital, and the Hartford Community Mental Health Center. The program works with the existing Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Local Mental Health Authority structure to coordinate each resident’s individual service/recovery plan from the point of early engagement through enabling a successful transition to his/her community.

Program services include:
  • Symptom management assistance
  • Daily living skills
  • Shared responsibility for the care of the house
  • Medication management
  • Goal setting
  • Budgeting and use of money
  • Transportation assistance

For more information about Park Street Inn, please contact Rachel Doody, Program Director, at (203) 848-3061 or at rdoody@theconnectioninc.org.

Park Street Residence

Park Street Residence

The Park Street Residence Program offers case management and residential housing services in a clustered-site setting. Park Street Residence provides housing to 13 individuals with mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictions. Trained staff are on duty 24 hours a day to provide support and counseling to residents.

Park Street Residence is located in New Haven. The newly remodeled building offers attractive accommodations, including air conditioning, cable television, private baths and kitchenettes with microwave. This program is designed for individuals who meet eligibility criteria set forth by the Department of Mental Health or for individuals with other private sources of support. Residents must be able to pay their own housing costs and a modest monthly service fee.

Program services include:
  • Case management
  • Daily living skills training
  • Housing assistance
  • Crisis intervention
  • Medication supervision
  • Recreational activities
  • Transportation assistance

For more information about the Park Street Residence, please contact Rachel Doody, Program Director, at (203) 624-1153 or at rdoody@theconnectioninc.org.

Pendleton House

Pendleton House

Pendleton House is a multi-tiered therapeutic residential program for homeless adults with a dual diagnosis of substance use and mental illness. Individuals accepted into the program, begin an engagement program to get to know the other clients and staff by attending program groups in the weeks prior to moving into Pendleton House.

Level I is a transitional living situation for twelve individuals residing in the Pendleton Shared Apartment House. It is comprised of four apartments with three individuals living in each apartment. Individuals share the responsibility of daily chores and caring for the cleanliness of personal space, as well as the community environment. Those residing in the house utilize case management services to learn and incorporate activities of daily living, access clinical supports, engage in twelve step recovery meetings, and other areas of recovery from mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness. They learn to access community services and other resources they may need.

Level II includes eight individuals living in independent residences in the community. These individuals receive the same core of services as Level I residents, but receive additional services and instruction such as negotiating and maintaining a lease, relationships with landlords, assistance in utilizing community resources, and managing finances, while maintaining a focus on recovery.

For more information about the Pendleton House Program, please contact Keyonna Black, Program Director, at (203) 397-0304 or at kkblack@theconnectioninc.org.

Recovery House

Recovery House

Recovery House is a transitional living environment for people in recovery. Based in New Haven, the program offers clients a positive sense of direction toward recovery by providing a safe, sober, supportive and structured transitional living environment.

Recovery House provides temporary housing and support services for male and female adults who have a substance abuse disorder or co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. As a transitional program for people in recovery, the program expects to reduce rates of client relapse, reduce rates of service utilization, and enhance the health of our communities.

Services provided include:
  • Referrals accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Accessibility to Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
  • Vocational assistance
  • Drug and alcohol screenings

For more information about the Recovery House program, please contact Keyonna Black, Program Director, at (203) 946-3081 or at kkblack@theconnectioninc.org.

Contact Us

Main Office
100 Roscommon Dr, Ste. 203
Middletown CT 06457
(860) 343-5500

Fraud Alert Line: To report a concern or fraudulent activity, please call 1-855-868-5656. All calls will be handled anonymously and in a timely manner.

For easy access to our services call our Toll-free Helpline at (855)Help955 — (855)435-7955 anytime during business hours. A trained staff member will assist you with your questions and will guide you to the appropriate Connection service.

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