DMHAS: Advocacy & Support

DMHAS works frequently with a variety of advocacy groups to ensure that its customers are provided efficient mental health and addiction services that foster self-sufficiency, dignity and respect. 

Trying to find services in your area?  Follow the link to Finding Services to locate your town and corresponding region.

 Citizen Involvement:


Infoline is Connecticut's 24-hour telephone information, referral and crisis intervention service, staffed by professionals. Caseworkers deal with a wide range of human service problems and provide the link between people with needs and the resources available. A caseworker may intervene in an advocacy role when appropriate. Spanish speaking staff are available.

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.
114 West Main Street Suite 105
New Britain, CT 06051
Ph: 860-505-7581 or 1-800-573-6929 (860-667-0460 old number)
Fax: 860-259-5731
The mission of Advocacy Unlimited is to educate consumers of mental health services so that individuals can make informed choices about their own care and chart their own futures. The goal is to integrate all persons, regardless of identified disabilities, into the larger community. Advocacy Unlimited's vision is to create a network of advocates, strategically placed throughout the state, equipped with the skills necessary to produce a loud and unified consumer voice.  

Alcoholics Anonymous (CT site)

Need Information About Alcoholics Anonymous?  Want to Find an A.A. Meeting in Connecticut?  Want to Speak with a Recovering Alcoholic?  Looking for an Upcoming Event in Connecticut?

Also:  Alcoholics Anonymous (national site)

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
198 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT  06114
Ph:  860-244-2227; 1-800-708-9145 (CT only)
Fax:  860-244-2228
CCAR is an independent, grass-roots level, statewide network made up recovering people, their significant others, families and friends working together towards ensuring that our society will see addiction treatment and recovery as a positive effort in the future.
The Connecticut Clearinghouse
334 Farmington Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
Ph: 800-232-4424
The CT Clearinghouse is the state's most comprehensive resource center for information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and related issues affecting mental health and wellness.
The Connecticut Dept. of Social Services
The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of services to the elderly, disabled, families, and individuals who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living.
State of Connecticut
Department of Social Services
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT  06106-5033 
General Information:  1-800-842-1508
The Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc (CLRP)
P O Box 351, Silver Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Main Office at CVH: 860-262-5030
Main Office Fax: 860-262-5035
Toll Free Number: 877-402-2299
The CLRP is an independent, nonprofit legal service organization, entirely separate from DMHAS or any hospital or provider agency. The advocates and lawyers of CLRP represent clients who receive services from DMHAS in Connecticut. They work with people to express their wishes and to get their needs met. They make every effort to ensure that clients are informed of their rights and options concerning treatment and other life choices. 
The CT Military Support Program (MSP)
The CT Military Support Program (MSP) addresses a range of problems facing Reserve Component military personnel and their families as they prepare for deployment or return to civilian life.  The toll-free number to access services for the MSP is 1-866-251-2913. 
The Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
60-B Weston Street
Hartford, CT 06120
Ph: 800-842-7303 (voice and TDD) or 860-297-4300 or 860-566-2102 (TDD)
Fax: 860-566-8714
The Office of Protection and Advocacy seeks to protect the rights of and to advocate for people with disabilities. They do this by providing information and referral services, case advocacy services, abuse investigations and protective interventions, and community development activities.
The CT Women's Consortium                                
2321 Whitney Avenue, Suite 401
Hamden, CT 06518
Ph: 203-909-6888
Fax:  203-909-6894
The Consortium provides training, advocacy, and policy on womenís behavioral health. They have a history of strong collaborations with many of Connecticut's community, academic and health care institutions on issues of women's mental health, substance use disorders, addiction, human trafficking, domestic violence, gender-specific and trauma-informed care.
Courage to Speak Foundation, Inc.
161 East Ave. Suite 14
Norwalk, CT  06851
Toll free: 877-431-3295

The Courage to Speak Foundation is dedicated to saving lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs.  The Foundation offers presentations, school based drug prevention curricula, after school prevention education programs, parent education programs, support groups for family members who have lost a child to substance abuse, an information help line and community forums that foster drug prevention among youth.


The Governor's Prevention Partnership
30 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Ph: 860-523-8042
The Governor's Prevention Partnership is a public-private partnership designed to reduce substance abuse and its related impact on health, safety and violence in Connecticut. It is one of the foundation pieces in Connecticut's Prevention Infrastructure.
Mental Health Connecticut
61 South Main Street, Suite 100
West Hartford, CT 06107
Ph: 800-842-1501 or 860-529-1970
The Connecticut Mental Health Association is dedicated to the promotion of mental health, prevention of mental illness, and improved care and treatment of persons with mental illness.
100 S. Turnpike Rd. Suite C
Wallingford, CT 06492
Tel.: (203) 793-1952  Fax: (203) 269-1138
The MLI is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that was established in 1994. MLIís Mission is to provide leadership for positive change through implementing and coordinating a variety of multicultural and diversity awareness, education, advocacy, and research programs. MLI has worked with DMHAS as a partner of Prevention and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and has been a statewide resource to DMHAS funded programs for training and technical assistance. MLI also helps to co-administer the DMHAS Project for Addictions Cultural Competency (PACCT) program. Please see MLIís website for details:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness - Connecticut (NAMI-CT)
576 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, Ct. 06105
phone: 1-800-215-3021
NAMI-CT is dedicated to the eradication of mental illness and to the improvement of the quality of life of those whose lives are affected by these diseases. The organization serves as an alliance of individuals, families, and friends of those with mental illness, of persons who have or have had mental illness, and of NAMI-CT local Affiliates and Associate members.
P.O. BOX 1543
Hartford CT, 06144
(Toll Free) Tel: 1-866-HMO-4446
Fax: (860) 297-3992
The Mission of the Office of the Healthcare Advocate is to assist consumers with healthcare issues through the establishment of effective outreach programs and the development of communications related to consumer rights and responsibilities as members of managed care plans. The office focuses on assisting consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a health plan; assisting consumers to resolve problems with their health insurance plans; and identifying issues, trends and problems that may require executive, regulatory or legislative intervention.
Partnership for Responsible Gambling
The mission of the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling is to serve as a combined leading resource for responsible gambling by offering information on guidelines for responsible gambling, warning signs of problem gambling, and available treatment services. Each partner contributes to the effort by offering its expertise and support to the program. The CT Lottery teamed up with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to form the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling - an alliance dedicated to promoting responsible gambling.
Problem Gambling Services
CT Valley Hospital, Vance Drive, Russell Hall, 1st Floor
Middletown, CT 06457
Ph: 860-344-2244
Problem Gambling Services provides prevention, intervention, and treatment services for problem gamblers and their families.  In addition, it funds "Bettor Choice" gambling treatment programs throughout the state.  Please feel free to contact the program nearest you to make a confidential referral or talk to a gambling counselor.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of many of those affected by problem and pathological gambling.
The Quality Improvement Collaborative ( is dedicated to the principle that consumer, youth, and family member involvement is a powerful way to make mental health services effective and responsive to their needs.
The Samaritans Inc. of The Capital Region
P.O. Box 12004, 
Hartfor, CT  06112
(860) 232 2121 by phone:  8am to 10pm Sunday-Thursday and 8am to 11pm Friday-Saturday.  Additional service: Safe Place Support Group for Survivors.

399 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, CT
Toivo is a place where we can participate in our own well-being by engaging in activities that calm our bodies, relax our minds and nourish our souls. We find strength, empowerment and a sense of ownership over our experiences when we tap into our innate capacity to heal. With a variety of activities such as yoga, meditation, self-expression and more, we encourage each person who walks through the doors to find the healing practices that work best for them.
Turning Point CT was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. We know what itís like to feel alone, stressed, worried, sad, and angry. Weíve lived through the ups and downs of self-harm, drugs and alcohol, and the struggle to find help. 1-800-273-8255.

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