community engagement services

MHC’s Independence Center (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, showcase individual purpose.

Independence Center
Mental Health Connecticut’s (MHC’s) Independence Center (IC) offers an environment for individuals to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to achieve their goals, realize recovery, and engage in the community. A completely voluntary program, the IC provides a place for people with mental health conditions to access peer supports, participate in health and wellness activities, and develop work and social skills.

In addition, members have the opportunity to participate in daily skill-building tracks, including:

Culinary: Educates members about safe food handling, nutritious meal options, reading recipes, and maintaining a kitchen. Participants prepare the IC lunch for the day and assist with planning and preparing for upcoming parties or events where food will be served.

Maintenance: Focuses on skills to properly clean and maintain the building. Participants learn proper cleaning methods, the safe use of cleaning products, and the proper assessments and techniques for maintaining a building.

Work Skills: Assists participants with developing computer skills, searching for employment opportunities, completing job applications, creating email accounts, and becoming familiar with various computer programs. In addition, weekly workshops introduce participants to interviewing techniques, communication skills, and workforce development.

Customer Service: Introduces participants to the phone and security systems, proper customer service techniques, and appropriately responding to various situations. Participants are able to utilize their newfound skills by answering the IC phone, staffing the front desk, and serving as greeters responsible for welcoming members and visitors to the IC.

The IC also promotes wellness through creativity. Art can be integral to recovery. The IC’s Mending Art Studio provides an opportunity for members to express themselves and interact with others who are interested in using art to promote recovery. While the Mending Art Studio is available to members whenever the IC is open, staff also hosts classes and an art club.

With support from staff and peers as well as active participation in program offerings, members can achieve recovery and better engage with their communities.

To become a member of the IC, complete the following 2 forms and fax them to to 203-756-9744 or mail to 21 Church St, Waterbury CT. For more information about the Independence Center, please call 203-756-5772.

Deaf Rec
A social club that brings people who are deaf from all walks of life together to engage in community-based, recreational activities, such as visiting local museums, going bowling, eating at restaurants, and attending local fairs and festivals. While these types of activities may seem mundane to most people, people who are deaf and who may be affected by a mental health condition may not have the same opportunities to experience these activities.

Deaf Rec is designed to make participation in these activities more enjoyable for Deaf community members.

For more information about Deaf Rec, visit the Deaf Rec Facebook page at


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.

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administrative offices

Mental Health Connecticut, Inc.
76 Batterson Park Road, Suite 303
Farmington, CT 06107