The Behavioral/Mental Health System in the state of Connecticut is at a tipping point. The need for services is rising while agency budgets are being cut.
Citizens are asking for a comprehensive, effective safety net, yet Connecticut’s system of care, one that took years to build, is being eroded and is in danger of crumbling.
This event will provide a forum to discuss the serious issues that threaten to erode Connecticut’s mental health system. It will be held in Wakeman Hall, First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield from 7:30-9 pm.
This year’s Social will focus on three areas:
- Preserving and protecting the mental health safety net through more funding for community-based services
- Ensuring early intervention through stronger school-based mental health programs
- Guaranteeing access to services with adequate insurance coverage
The goal is to raise the awareness that talking about supporting a strong mental health system, and actually doing what needs to be done to support that system, are two very different things.
Legislators and chief elected officials from Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, Wilton, as well as Newtown have been invited. NAMI Fairfield is one of two affiliates closest to the Newtown area. We need a large number of constituents to make an impact on legislators and elected officials.
NAMI Fairfield president and Sandy Hook resident Judy Gardner said, “It is important that supporters of this event contact their legislator, and selectman/mayor to stress the importance of their attendance. While they have been “officially” invited, when elected officials hear from their constituents they are much more likely to attend.”
There are two easy ways to contact your legislators.
- Go to the end of this article and scroll down to your legislator and click on the email link.
- If you don’t know who your legislator is go to www.cga.ct.gov/ and click on “House” or “Senate” and follow the path to “Find Your Legislator”.
Either way makes it easy to send an email or to connect to their website to find a legislator’s phone number. Selectmen and mayors are equally as easy to find by going to your town website.
Gardner continued, “When connected with them via email or phone, the message should be short and precise. It is enough to say “I am a constituent and I am hoping to see you at the NAMI Legislative Social on Wednesday, March 6. It is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at First Church Congregational on Beach Road in Fairfield. These issues are important to me and I hope you can take the time to learn more about them.”
The most important part of this event will be turn-out. The hope is that Wakeman Hall will once again be filled with people who care about people living with mental illness, that legislators will see that their concerns are real and
serious, and that their voices will be heard and responded to. The past three Socials have each had over 100 concerned citizens in attendance.
The social is open to the public, is free of charge, and light refreshments will be
served. To RSVP or for more information please call Judy at 203-650-3463.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Its goals are to support those living with mental illness and their loved ones, to provide educational programs to the community that foster understanding and healthy living, and to provide advocacy.
The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board is a grassroots citizen’s watchdog organization, with a focus on ensuring access to high quality mental health and
addiction services for all residents living in Southwestern Connecticut.
Andres Ayala – 23rd District, Bridgeport & Stratford – 800-842-1420 - email@example.com
Toni Boucher – 26th District - Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton – 800-842-1421 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Duff – 25th District – Norwalk & Darien – 800-842-1420 - Bob.Duff@cga.ct.gov
Scott Frantz – 36th District - Greenwich, New Canaan & Stamford – 800-842-1421 - email@example.com
Kevin Kelly – 21st District - Monroe, Seymour, Shelton & Stratford – 800-842-1421 - Kevin.Kelly@cga.ct.gov
Carlo Leone – 27th district – Stamford & Darien – 800-842-1420 - firstname.lastname@example.org
John McKinney – 28th District - Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston & Westport – 800-842-1421 - John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov
Anthony Musto – 22nd District – Bridgeport, Monroe & Trumbull – 800-842-1420 - email@example.com
Christina Ayala – 128th District – Bridgeport – 800-842-8267 - Christina.Ayala@cga.ct.gov
Terry Backer – 121st District – Stratford – 800-842-8267 - Terry.Backer@cga.ct.gov
Mitch Bolinsky – 106th District – Newtown – 800-842-1423 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Cafero – 142nd District – Norwalk & New Canaan – 800-842-1423 - email@example.com
Fred Camillo – 151st District – Greenwich –800-842-1423 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Carter – 2nd District – Bethel, Danbury, Newtown & Redding - 800-842-1423 – email@example.com
Charles “Don” Clemons – 124th District – Bridgeport – 800-842-8267 - Charles.D.Clemons@cga.ct.gov
Kim Fawcett – 133rd District – Fairfield – 800-842-8267 - Kim.Fawcett@cga.ct.gov
Livvy Floren – 149th District – Greenwich & Stamford – 800-842-1423 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Fox – 148th District – Stamford – 800-842-8267 – Dan.Fox@cga.ct.gov
Gerald Fox – 146th District – Stamford – 800-842-8267 – Gerald.Fox@cga.ct.gov
Auden Grogins – 129th District – Bridgeport – 800-842-8267 – Auden.Grogins@cga.ct.gov
Jack Hennessy – 127th District – Bridgeport – 800-842-8267 – Jack.Hennessy@cga.ct.gov
Debra Lee Hovey – 112th District – Monroe & Newtown – 800-842-1423 – email@example.com
Laura Hoydick – 120th District – Stratford – 800-842-1423 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Hwang – 134th District – Fairfield & Trumbull – 800-842-1423 – email@example.com
Brenda Kupchick – 132nd District – Fairfield & Southport – 800-842-1423 – Brenda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Lavielle – 143rd District – Norwalk, Westport & Wilton – 800-842-1423 – email@example.com
Lawrence Miller – 122nd District – Shelton, Stratford & Trumbull – 800-842-1423 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Billie Miller – 145th District – Stamford – 800-842-8267 – Patricia.Miller@cga.ct.gov
Michael Molgano – 144th District – Stamford – 800-842-1423 – Michael.email@example.com
Bruce Morris – 140th District – Norwalk – 800-842-8267 – Bruce.Morris@cga.ct.gov
Tom O’Dea – 125th District – New Canaan & Wilton – 800-842-1423 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Perone – 137th District – Norwalk – 800-842-8267 – Chris.Perone@cga.ct.gov
David Rutigliano – 123rd District – Trumbull – 800-842-1423 – email@example.com
Ezequiel Santiago – 130th District – Bridgeport – 800-842-8267 – Ezequiel.Santiago@cga.ct.gov
John Shaban – 135th District – Easton, Redding & Weston – 800-842-1423 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Stallworth – 126th District – Bridgeport – 800-842-8267 – Charlie.Stallworth@cga.ct.gov
Jonathan Steinberg – 136th District – Westport – 800-842-8267 – Jonathan.Steinberg@cga.ct.gov
Wiliam Tong – 147th District – Stamford & Darien – 800-842-8267 – William.Tong@cga.ct.gov
Stephen Walko – 150th District – Greenwich – 800-842-1423 – Stephen.email@example.com
Terrie Wood – 141st District – Darien & Norwalk – 800-842-1423 – firstname.lastname@example.org