The following organizations can help individuals with brain injuries and their families who are dealing with mental health challenges. A link to each organization’s web site is included where available.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut. While the Department's prevention services serve all Connecticut citizens, its mandate is to serve adults (over 18 years of age) with psychiatric or substance use disorders, or both, who lack the financial means to obtain such services on their own. DMHAS offers Acquired Brain Injury Services to eligible individuals who have both mental health diagnosis and brain injury.
Acquired Brain Injury Services: An Integration of Community Services for DMHAS Consumers with Brain Injury
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR ABI SERVICES
Accepted For DMHAS services and currently receiving qualifying services
Has a qualifying Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) as determined through appropriate documentation
Does not have a primary diagnosis of a degenerative cognitive disorder
The dysfunction of the central nervous system is not congenital, developmental or degenerative
The services are accepted voluntarily
ABI Substance Abuse Services
Community Residence and Transitional Housing and Living Subsidy
Training and Education
CONSULTATION AND DIVERSION PROGRAM
The regional Community Integration Specialists (CIS) provide services to persons with brain injury through the Local Mental Health Network (LMHA). The CIS is responsible for processing all referrals to the ABI Community Services Program within the designated services area; serving as a link for clients to in-patient services; arranging for clinical consultations; assisting in the development of treatment plans; serving as liaison to private/public services within the appropriate community; providing monitoring of services for DMHAS ABI clients; and providing support to consumers, family members and conservators. The CIS receives continuous training regarding brain injury services available within the particular geographic region. The CIS coordinates with other programs within DMHAS and with other Departments within the State/local services constellation that can provide services, funds, etc., to the person with brain injury.
The Mental Health Association of Connecticut is a statewide, private, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to advocate and work for everyone’s mental health.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut (NAMI-CT) provides support, education and advocacy to people living with psychiatric conditions, family members, friends, professionals and the public at large.