User Agreement Information
This web site with its home page in the domain “MHConn.org” (the “Website”) is a complimentary information service offered by MHC at no charge to users of the World Wide Web, with the express condition that these users agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in this User Agreement. MHC reserves the right to change these terms and conditions any time, and you must consult the most recent version of this User Agreement (not an older cached version) each time you view the Website. Use of this Website constitutes your acceptance of all of the following terms and conditions.
MHC’s website & Online Community is for informational purposes only and is not meant to serve as medical advice or to replace consultation with your physician or mental health professional.
Use of MHC’s website & Online Community constitutes an agreement by the users not to hold MHC or any of its employees or officers liable or responsible for information posted to discussion boards and other forums by persons or entities not associated with MHC.
You acknowledge that the information on the Website is provided “as is” for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice, and should not be relied upon, as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs.
If this site includes chat and discussion boards: When you chat or join discussions, you agree to abide by all these Terms and Conditions. We want our Community to be a safe, comfortable, and friendly environment. We can remove any messages or solicitations that do not meet the standards of these Terms and Conditions. MHC reserves the right to immediately terminate a user’s registration if we become aware and determine that the user is violating any of these Terms and Conditions or any of the chat and discussion board guidelines as enumerated wherein.
Commercial solicitation, chain letters, junk mail, “spam,” non-commercial or bulk solicitation is prohibited.
Threatening harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, profane, obscene, abusive, harmful, sexually oriented, racially offensive, inaccurate, or otherwise objectionable material of any kind or nature, is prohibited.
Unlawful material, or any material that encourages or promotes conduct that constitutes a criminal offense, or might give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, Federal or international law or regulation, or encourage the use of controlled substances, is prohibited. Posting content or participating in any form of discussion with the intention to commit any illegal activity is strictly prohibited.
Limitation of Liability
You agree that you will hold harmless MHC and its officers, directors, employees, and volunteers from all claims arising out of or related to your access or use of, or your inability to access or use, this Website or the information contained in this Website or other websites to which it is linked. This includes, but is not limited to, information or materials viewed or downloaded from this Website or another website to which it is linked that appear to you or are construed by you to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, or that infringe upon your intellectual property rights. In no event will MHC or the contributors of information to this Website be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
You acknowledge that the opinions and recommendations contained in this Website are not necessarily those of MHC or endorsed by MHC. MHC may provide links on the Website to other websites which are not under the control of MHC. In general, any website which has an address (or URL) which does not contain “MHC” is such a website. These links are provided for convenience of reference only and are not intended as an endorsement by MHC of the organization or individual operating the website or a warranty of any type regarding the website or the information on the website.
Content Usage Policy
Unless otherwise indicated, all information contained on our website www.MHConn.org or in written form including but not limited to text, graphics, logos, button icons, video or audio clips is copyrighted by and proprietary to MHC and may not be copied, reproduced, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed, sublicensed, altered, stored for subsequent use or otherwise used in whole or in part any manner without MHC’s prior written consent, except that the user may make such temporary copies in a single computer’s RAM and hard drive cache as are necessary to browse the website, and the user may make one permanent copy of each page of the website, brochure or booklet to be used by the user for personal and noncommercial uses which do not harm the reputation of MHC. To obtain written consent see our permissions agreement.
Once written consent is given in the form of a signed permission agreement, the following restrictions apply:
• The content may be used for informational, non-commercial purposes only
• Any copy of content or portion thereof must include MHC cite line as “copyrighted and published by MHC, no part of this document may be reproduced without written consent”
• MHC has the right to revoke such authorization at any time, and any such use must be discontinued upon notice from MHC
Electronic File Sharing is Fair Use and is Encouraged
In addition to the foregoing copyright policy which protects MHC’s website from commercial exploitation by others, MHC has an overarching policy concerning file sharing on electronic media which encourages electronic downloading and sharing of copyrighted material on MHC’s public (non-password-protected) website, conditioned only on including “copyright (or ©) MHC (date)” under or above the material copied and shared. The date to be used is the date of the download. It is MHC’s mission to make evidence-based insights into mental health conditions widely available through this procedure without sacrificing copyright protection. Thus, MHC permits electronic copying and sharing of all portions of its public website and requests in return only the customary copyright acknowledgement, using that word or the circle c symbol and the date of the download.
Linking Your Website to MHC
MHC is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service. MHC therefore encourages and permits links to MHC’s website that support this mission. As such, MHC allows external, hyper-text links to websites, provided:
(a) any text-only link must clearly be marked “Mental Health Association of Connecticut” or “MHC”;
(b) the appearance, position and other aspects of either the link or the host website may not be such as to damage or dilute the goodwill associated with MHC’s name and trademarks;
(c) the appearance, position and other aspects of either the link or the host website may not create the false appearance that an entity other than MHC is associated with or sponsored by MHC;
(d) the link, when activated by a user, must display this Website full-screen and not with a “frame” on the linked website. MHC considers framing, the practice of intact reproduction of a page or pages of one website to another website, to be deceptive and a violation of MHC’s copyright rights. No authorization or permission is given for framing our content, whether in whole or in part;
(e) MHC reserves the right to revoke its consent to external links at any time at its sole discretion and require that said links are abolished; and
(f) MHC reserves the right to require a reciprocal link to the linking site.
MHC Linking to External Websites
MHC is a nonprofit, broad-based, citizens’ movement; however, MHC is also committed to presenting material in a nonpartisan, noncommercial manner. Thus, links to MHC’s website should not be used for inappropriate, political or commercial purposes, or suggest that MHC promotes, endorses or sponsors any third party’s causes, ideas, products or services. Additionally, MHC is not responsible for the information or materials contained on the host website. Links to external websites are provided for convenience of reference only and are not intended as an endorsement by MHC of the organization or individual operating the host website or a warranty of any type regarding the host website or the information on the host website.
For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes the consumer’s domain name, the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail, aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit, information volunteered by the consumer, such as survey information, e-mail addresses and/or site registrations. We automatically collect only the domain name.
If you do not want to receive e-mail from us in the future, please let us know by writing to us at the address below. If you supply us with your postal address on-line you will only receive the information for which you provided us your address. Persons who supply us with their telephone numbers on-line will only receive telephone contact from us with information regarding orders they have placed on-line. The information we collect is used for marketing purposes, internal review, used to improve the content of our Web page, but is not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.
To help make our sites more responsive to the needs of our visitors, we invoke a standard feature found in browser software, called a “cookie”, to assign each visitor a unique, random number, a sort of anonymous user ID that resides on your computer. The cookie doesn’t actually identify the visitor, just the computer that a visitor uses to access our site. A cookie can’t read data off your hard drive. We do not link cookie data with personally identifiable information, nor do we store personal information in our cookies. You can disable cookies at any time by changing the preferences in your browser.
For our internal purposes, we gather date, time, browser type, navigation history and IP address of all visitors to our site. This information does not contain anything that can identify users personally. We use this information for our internal security audit log, trend analysis and system administration, and to gather broad demographic information about our user base for aggregate use.
Sponsors may be recognized on the MHC website and may include the sponsor logo, link to the sponsor website, and a brief overview of the sponsor’s chief business activity. Internet-based sponsorship recognition will generally be limited to a sponsor section of the website but may also include, in certain circumstances, recognition on the site’s homepage and in other prominent areas.
The following guidelines will apply:
1. Sponsors may post MHC’s logo and a link to www.MHConn.org on the sponsor website. The logo use must conform to our Branding Guidelines and any requirement set out in written agreement.
2. MHC does NOT endorse companies, products or services and strictly prohibits the suggestion of endorsement, recommendation, or superiority of one company, product or service over another company, product or service.
3. When MHC’s web site includes links to other sites, the Association does not assume any responsibility or liability for any communications or materials available at the sites to which it links, including responsibility or liability for their accuracy. No link on MHC’s website is a referral or endorsement of either the linked-to entity or any product or service.
4. MHC will provide links from its site to others where there is mutual benefit, either formalized in an agreement or by an informal understanding.
With respect to ad servers: We do not partner with or have special relationships with any ad server companies.
If our information practices change at some time in the future, we will post the policy changes to our Web site to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of these new uses. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our Web site periodically.
Upon request, we provide site visitors with access to contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number) that we maintain about them and users have the right to opt out of having their information collected. Consumers can do this by writing to us at the address below.
With respect to security: When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as financial information, we redirect visitors to a secure server and will notify visitors through a pop-up screen on our site.
Since 1908, MHC has been a leader in advocating for improved, expanded and accessible mental health services. Community-based services have proven to be effective in helping people with mental illnesses achieve recovery in the community. As a leader in the mental health movement, MHC is committed to ensuring people have access to the services they need when they need them to achieve whole health and wellness.
MHC offers a variety of programs and services to promote recovery for people with mental illnesses in our communities, including residential services, supported and transitional employment, supported education, psychosocial rehabilitation, peer support services and case management. In addition to the statewide office in West Hartford, MHC offers programs and services in Bridgeport, Danbury, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury and West Hartford.
MHC is committed to educating people about mental illness and mental wellness through community forums, workshops, materials, and events. MHC believes our communities will attain whole health through information, tools, and skill-building that promote understanding and acceptance.