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Marcia DuFore, Executive Director, North Central Regional Mental Health Board

Regional Mental Health Boards:  Thirty-Eight Years of Improving Local Services

The Regional Mental Health Board system was created by Connecticut’s General Assembly in 1974.  Their mandate is described in General Statutes (Sec. 17a-478-484) and ensures grass roots involvement in identifying needs and monitoring services provided by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).  This visionary structure provides consumer, family and citizen involvement in evaluating state services and meeting the requirements for transparency and outcomes that state government seeks today. 

The Regional Mental Health Board model created by legislators thirty-eight years ago is important today and remains innovative in gathering continuous feedback from consumers of adult mental health services and their families about service needs and improvements to state funded mental health services.

This kind of public scrutiny is especially important today to help officials assess the impact in their communities of rapidly changing models of care, funding levels, and emerging needs, including those brought about by the current financial crisis.

Regional Mental Health Boards work to bring consensus among numerous and varied interest groups concerning a wide range of issues affecting individuals with mental illness.

Their examination and resolution of local service issues is critical as consumers, families and communities attempt to have a voice in the only services available to them.

Over 100 NCRMHB volunteers provide hours of free services to their towns and state on behalf of these constituent groups. Our membership continuestogrow, along with the number of projects - a testimony to the commitment of our members in improving services.

 MAJOR INITIATIVES

  •  A Day in the Life Project
  •  Family Involvement
  •  Consumer, Youth, Family Quality Improvement Collaborative (QuIC)
  •  Youth and Young Adults 
  •  Collaboration between Towns and State
  •  Consumer Mini-Grants

 

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