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CT Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2023

Center: FG

Grantee: CHILD AND FAMILY AGENCY OF SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT, INC.
Program: FY 2023 Congressional Directive Spending Projects
City: NEW LONDON
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001088-01
Congressional District: 2
FY 2023 Funding: $620,052
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2024/09/29

Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut (CFA) seeks funding for the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants (ECMHC) program. The primary focus of the program is to address the mental health crisis among the early childhood population in the region.  The ECMHC team will deliver 3 core services to children in grades Pre-K through 2 at 17 selected schools: (1) curriculum support, (2) teacher support, and (3) community navigation.

The ECMHC program has three objectives, one for each of the core services to be delivered through the program.   For core service 1, Curriculum Support, 67% of teachers who receive this service will report that the evidence-based curriculum produced a positive impact on students’ behavioral health, as measured by a 50% reduction in behavioral referrals.   For core service 2, Teacher Support, 67% of teachers who receive this service will report feeling more hopeful about doing their job, as measured by 50% overall improvement on the teacher’s classroom self-assessment survey from pre to post.  For core service 3, Community Navigation, 67% of students or families who are identified as individuals who would benefit from referrals for additional or related services will experience a warm hand-off to appropriate providers.

Given the scope of the project and the amount of students and family members who will be eligible for service through attendance in the 17 participating schools numbers in the thousands, the ECMHC program will have a significant and far-reaching impact on the region and the children and families who reside the Greater New London region.


Grantee: CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY, INC
Program: FY 2023 Congressional Directive Spending Projects
City: HARTFORD
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG000935-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $1,500,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2024/09/29

With this funding, the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) will relocate two recovery community centers (RCCs) and open three additional ones. CCAR will also expand hours of operation (evenings and weekends) by increasing the number of staff in each RCC from two FTEs to four FTEs. By the end of the project period, CCAR will have a network of eight RCCs (an increase from five) with additional hours and staff at each site. The RCCs will be strategically located throughout the state to support our recovery coaching services in hospital emergency departments, the Department of Correction, and communities with high overdose rates. In addition, CCAR will purchase passenger vans to transport recoverees to and from recovery community centers. We will serve people in early recovery, people seeking recovery, along with family members, friends, and allies. Our primary focus will be on people in recovery from a substance use disorder. People who present with a primary mental health issue will be welcomed.


Grantee: CONNECTICUT ST DEPT OF MH/ADDICTION SRVS
Program: FY 2023 Cooperative Agreements for States and Territories to Improve Local 988 Capacity
City: HARTFORD
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001185-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $2,325,441
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2026/09/29

Connecticut (CT) endorses one statewide 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline) provider, the United Way of CT/211 (UWC), which is funded through the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF). Together, these two sister-state agencies oversee the statewide crisis service system across the lifespan. The UWC is the state's 211 Information and Referral provider, is accredited by the Alliance for Information and Referral Services (AIRS) and the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), has years of experience as a Lifeline network provider, and serves as the mobile crisis service system call center for youth and adults. These phone lines function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and provide quality services to various types of callers from those searching for basic information and referral up to those in imminent risk crisis. For those in crisis, they provide support, screening, referrals, warm-transfers to statewide adult and youth mobile crisis services, warm-transfers to 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for active rescue as needed, and follow-up contacts upon caller consent. they also attain caller disposition from mobile crisis services and PSAPs following warm-transfers. From July 2022 through April 2023 the UWC answered 28,123 988 calls with an in-state answer rate average of 98% and an average speed to answer of 4.2 seconds, all well within the target Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). However, call demand continues to increase and the UWC will need to increase workforce capacity to maintain quality services and the KPIs. CT has yet to initiate in-state 988 text or chat services, but plans to within state fiscal year 2024 with the additional funds made available. It has been determined that the UWC Crisis Contact Center will also provide the 988 text and chat services. They have developed a plan to address implementation of these services through enhancements to the management and supervisory structure, onboarding, recruitment, hiring and training of staff, and the development of new procedures to ensure quality services are provided the call services and to attain and maintain the KPIs. New 988 grant resources will be used to facilitate workforce expansion to maintain the high in-state call answer rate and speed to answer and to add the additional text and chat resources. Funding will also support staff training and continuing education to serve diverse populations, especially high-risk populations and populations with high numbers of suicide deaths and attempts.


Grantee: GOVERNOR'S PARTNERSHIP TO PROTECT CONNECTICUTS WORKFORCE, INC.
Program: FY 2023 Congressional Directive Spending Projects
City: EAST HARTFORD
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG000981-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $1,121,746
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2024/09/29

The Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven Drug Deactivation and Disposal Initiative will train 300 community prevention advocates to provide culturally responsive prevention education to youth, parents, caregivers, and other community members, and distribute 50,000 free in-home drug deactivation and disposal pouches in the Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven communities. The Initiative will use traditional, non-traditional, and social media outlets to raise awareness and attract partners to the effort. The Partnership will engage Community Partner Organizations to help implement and support the Initiative, with a particular focus on organizations that are strategically connected within the proposed communities to help reach key audiences. Those served by the Initiative are residents of the Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven communities. Fatal drug overdoses come at an immense cost to Connecticut, reaching over $17 billion in 2017. In 2021, 1,527 individuals died from an unintentional drug overdose in Connecticut. The greatest number of overdose deaths happened in New Haven with 486 deaths, followed by Hartford with 391. Sixty percent of New Haven and Hartford area deaths occurred in a residence, underscoring the importance of effective, accessible, at-home drug disposal methods. One in ten Connecticut high school students reported taking prescription pain medications without a prescription or differently than prescribed. More than 30% of these students got the medications from their home, someone else’s home, or were given the medications. Rising overdoses in Hartford and New Haven demonstrate the risks posed to residents by the accessibility of prescription medications in homes, schools, and communities. The goals of the Initiative include: establish and support the infrastructure to promote and educate on safe drug deactivation and disposal practices and disseminate drug deactivation and disposal pouches; identify, educate, train, and support at least 300 community prevention advocates to help educate their communities and disseminate a total of 50,000 drug deactivation and disposal pouches in the Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven communities; and raise public awareness in these communities about the harms associated with opioid and other substance use in both English and Spanish. The public awareness campaign will include a series of bilingual (English and Spanish) print materials such as infographics and posters and provide for distribution throughout the communities of interest; a series of culturally appropriate, bilingual (English and Spanish) public service announcements for TV, radio, print, and social media, disseminated using paid advertising, on-air interviews, live reads, and feature articles. Data will be gathered through surveys administered to the 300 community prevention advocates, as well as through an online survey intended for recipients of the pouches. Each pouch will have a QR code that links to an online survey, and recipients will be asked (but not required) to fill out the survey. After the Initiative concludes, the Partnership will develop and disseminate an evaluation report on the process and project outcomes.


Grantee: THE CONNECTION FUND, INC.
Program: FY 2023 Congressional Directive Spending Projects
City: MIDDLETOWN
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001110-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $200,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2024/09/29

The Connection Inc., a statewide human service and community development agency, will conduct Community Safety Response Trainings from September 2023 through September 2024. This project will provide Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid and Opioid Use Disorder training free of charge throughout Connecticut, to enhance the ability of individuals to empathically and effectively support fellow citizens experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Training participants will be recruited from diverse sectors including, non-profit, public service, education, businesses, recreation, municipalities, and other community entities including libraries. The following trainings will be conducted: (1) Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults and Children, to be provided free of charge to 1,000 individuals in businesses and organizations across Connecticut. For those who cannot commit to a full-day certification course, a two-hour mental health response course will provide basic information of the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health conditions, and a model of crisis de-escalation; (2) treatment of opioid use disorder, conducted by licensed clinicians. This workshop will enhance the ability of human service professionals to identify and appropriately refer clients with opioid addiction to services and resources in the community; and (3) CPR/First Aid/AED/Narcan Integrated response training for Connection staff, who support many clients with physical and behavioral health challenges. Funding will purchase lifesaving Narcan kits for programs, and all staff will be trained on the proper administration of naloxone.


Center: SM

Grantee: ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE
Program: GLS Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Program
City: NEW HAVEN
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM086252-02
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $102,000
Project Period: 2022/09/30 - 2025/09/29

Grantee: BHCARE, INC.
Program: Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
City: NORTH HAVEN
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM084349-03
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $76,339
Project Period: 2021/09/30 - 2026/09/29

Grantee: BHCARE, INC.
Program: FY 2022 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
City: NORTH HAVEN
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM087018-02
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2022/09/30 - 2026/09/29

Grantee: BRIDGES HEALTHCARE, INC.
Program: FY 2022 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
City: MILFORD
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM087045-02
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2022/09/30 - 2026/09/29

Grantee: BRIDGES HEALTHCARE, INC.
Program: Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
City: MILFORD
State: CT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM084293-03
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2021/09/30 - 2026/09/29

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