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Grant Will Boost Integrated Care Services In Connecticut For Substance Abuse

Chion Wolf
Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Connecticut is receiving a $10 million grant that will be used to increase access to care for people with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

The grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration aims to increase what's called "integrated care" for people with substance abuse and mental health disorders - that is making sure the patient is treated simultaneously by behavioral health, substance abuse, and physical health services.

Miriam Delphin-Rittmon is the commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, which will oversee the program.

In a statement she said, "medical treatment for the whole person increases an individual’s chances of a full, productive life in the community of their choice.”

The grant will serve over 2,000 people and will offer the integrated services in Waterbury, Hartford, and Bridgeport -- cities identified as having the highest rates of people not being served by an integrated model. 

Harriet Jones is Managing Editor for Connecticut Public Radio, overseeing the coverage of daily stories from our busy newsroom.

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