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Index of 2007 Issues

December 27, 2007
  "Listen and Learn: Part II"
The DMHAS 2007 Consumer Survey is a valuable tool for gaging the quality of our mental health and substance use services from the consumers' perspectives. While those who participated in the survey generally gave their services high scores, comments also revealed need for improvement.  
December 7, 2007
"Listen and Learn:  DMHAS 2007 Consumer Survey"
A snapshot of the DMHAS 2007 Consumer Survey as well as a few direct quotes from consumers.
November 8, 2007
"Meeting the Needs of Trauma Survivors"
Addressing trauma in providing care for people with mental health and substance use disorders is essential to recovery.
October 25, 2007
"State Troopers Helping State Troopers"
Police officers are routinely confronted with traumatic situations in the line of duty. Read about a new program that assists Connecticut State Police officers.
October 4, 2007
The DMHAS-funded Telephone Recovery Support Program helps individuals in recovery from substance use disorders to sustain their recovery.  Use of trained volunteers who are in recovery themselves makes this remarkable program both low-cost and outstanding in its results.
September 4, 2007
Safe and stable housing is one of the most significant predictors for recovery from alcohol and drug disorders. Read about why Recovery Housing and the folks who live in them make good neighbors.
August 23, 2007
The Connecticut Strategic Prevention Framework, a collaborative effort of several state agencies, community and academic partners, is focusing resources on the reduction of underage drinking.
July 26, 2007
Read how Connecticut has helped thousands of people with alcohol and/or other drug problems through its Access to Recovery initiative.
June 21, 2007
Latinos and Latinas regain their lives through culturally appropriate recovery-oriented services at Proyecto Nueva Vida (Project New Life) in Bridgeport, CT. 

May 24, 2007

"Women’s Services Practice Improvement Collaborative"

A three-year initiative to enhance the behavioral health service system for women in a way that is trauma-informed, gender-specific, and that promotes self-determination. 

May 3, 2007
“Better Care = Better Value”

The innovative General Assistance Intensive Case Management Program (GAICM) was initiated by DMHAS to bring improved care to individuals with frequent admissions to acute care by applying managed care technology that helps to better connect people with the care they need.

April 12, 2007
Supportive Housing:  Better Care, Better Value

Supportive housing provides safe, permanent and affordable housing for previously homeless and at-risk persons and families and helps to build healthy communities. 

March 23, 2007
Problem Gambling Services
The statewide organization responsible for problem gambling treatment, prevention and intervention services is the nation’s oldest continuously operating outpatient treatment service for problem gamblers.

March 8, 2007
“Getting Down to Basics”
The DMHAS Basic Needs Program provides critical recovery supports for General Assistance recipients who are engaged in behavioral health treatment.

March 1, 2007
"Hartford Project Attacks Gridlock"
Gridlock in CT's mental health and substance use healthcare system is eased by several DMHAS initiatives. Dramatic results have been achieved in the Hartford Alternative to Hospitalization Project.

February 22, 2007
"Improving Care AND Good Resource Management"

Improving care AND good resource management go hand-in-hand when treating heroin addiction using effective "OATP" treatment protocols.

February 13, 2007
"Busting the Catch 22"
 Learn how the DMHAS healthcare system is now addressing the unmet needs of people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders with evidence-based treatment practices.

February 1, 2007
"Setting Substance Abuse Treatment Priorities – Determining Need"Understanding people and their specific needs is fundamental to providing effective services to help people with substance use disorders. Learn about DMHAS treatment needs assessments and some of the findings.

January 18, 2007
Recovery In Motion"
Transportation is a challenge for many people with mental health disorders. Read about the highly successful RIDE Program in which people in recovery provide transportation services for their peers.