Mental Health Connecticut’s (MHC’s) mission is to partner with individuals, families, and communities to create environments that support long-term health and wellness. The services provided by our 200+ direct care staff are based on evidence-based and best practices utilized in a recovery model approach to care, which means we help individuals obtain a safe home, activate whole health living, find fulfillment and purpose, and become actively engaged in the community.
MHC has main offices in Stamford, Bridgeport, Danbury, Waterbury, Torrington, and West Hartford. Our statewide programs offer in-home care and life skill supports. Our highly acclaimed community-based residential programs are a launching pad for our program participants to gain their independence and decrease their reliance on the state-funded system of care.
The extensive training of our staff allows our program participants to be supported and seen and heard at every interaction and our longstanding ties with other service providers allows our program participants to be a part of a collaborative approach to care.
MHC’s home-based services provide individualized supports for adults with mental health conditions in their homes and/or an environment in which they are comfortable. MHC’s home-based services can include the development of person-centered, goal-oriented, recovery plans, the development of goals to pursue community involvement and natural supports, skill building activities and residential supports to promote successful independent living, and engagement with family members.
Living in a welcoming, safe home is often the first step to attaining long-term health and wellness. MHC offers adults with mental health conditions a place to call home in the community through scattered-site supported housing, transitional housing and supervised apartments throughout Bridgeport, Danbury, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, and West Hartford.
In addition to serving adults with mental health conditions, MHC offers population-specific residential services for young adults in Torrington and supervised apartments for people with mental health conditions who are deaf in West Hartford.
MHC is part of a statewide network to help eliminate homelessness in the state of Connecticut. MHC participates in the Waterbury/Litchfield Coordinated Access Network (CAN) that serves those who meet the HUD definition of literal homelessness, which is required for entry into homeless projects throughout the state.
employment and education services
MHC also understands that employment and educational opportunities give people purpose. Through supported employment and education, MHC works with people with mental health conditions to engage them work or school to ultimately gain competitive employment, work alongside people with and without disabilities, and experience the social, financial and intellectual benefits of employment and furthering one’s education.
community support services
Engaging in the community after experiencing traumatic events or while living with a mental health condition presents specific challenges. Our team works with our program participants to support their goals for becoming more active in the community at the pace that makes sense for them.
MHC’s Independence Center (IC) is MHC’s social and community center based in downtown Waterbury. The IC promotes value, respect and meaningful relationships, which are integral to engaging in the community. The IC offers an environment for individuals with mental health conditions to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve their goals and realize recovery. Health and wellness play an integral role in all aspects of the IC, and daily workshops provide members with supports that can positively impact their recovery journey.
MHC also offers Deaf Rec, a social club that brings people who are deaf from all walks of life together to engage in community-based, recreational activities, including visiting local museums, going bowling, eating at restaurants, and attending local fairs and festivals. Deaf Rec is designed to engage the Deaf community in mainstream activities that promote health, wellness and connection to their communities.
MHC wellness programs
All too often mental health is placed in its own category, as if our emotional, spiritual, and psychological health are somehow unmoored from our physical and general health overall. At MHC, we are out to debunk that myth by inviting people to find nontraditional pathways to healing and wellness.
Together we can do more to help individuals with mental health conditions live happy, productive lives. Your one-time, monthly, or annual donation will help drive the mission of MHC. Together we will make a difference.
Our administrative office is located at 61 South Main Street, Suite 100 in West Hartford, CT.