Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

DMHAS is the state’s lead agency for the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other substance abuse. As such, it provides a variety of treatment services on a regional basis to persons with substance use disorders, including ambulatory care, residential detoxification, long-term care, long-term rehabilitation, intensive and intermediate residential services, methadone or chemical maintenance, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and aftercare. Services for HIV-infected clients include counseling, testing, support and coping therapies, alternative therapies and case management. The department also provides prevention services, designed to promote the overall health and wellness of individuals and communities by delaying or preventing substance use; these include information dissemination, education, alternative activities, strengthening communities, promoting positive values, problem identification, and referral to services. Through this model, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to alcohol and other drug abuse are changed, leading to healthier communities.


Children’s Behavioral Health Plan

General Assembly Public Act 13-178
The State of Connecticut developed a plan to improve children’s behavioral health services and systems across the state. In developing this plan, we sought input from parents, community members, mental health experts, and other interested people who offered ideas and shared their experiences related to children’s behavioral health issues. The completed plan will guide the State’s efforts to build a comprehensive and integrated behavioral health system that benefits all of Connecticut’s children.


Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center provides integrated mental health evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services for children and adolescents.


Provides help and resources for parents and caregivers.


Connecticut Commission on Children

The Commission on Children is an agency of the Connecticut General Assembly, created with bipartisan support in 1985 to do the following:

  • Promote public policies in the best interests of children
  • Study child trends and assess programs and practices in state agencies as they affect children
  • Disseminate information and research data regarding the status of children and children’s programs in Connecticut
  • Bring together the various levels of government, along with the private sector, nonprofit agencies, philanthropy, and families to bolster child outcomes
  • Serve as a liaison between government and private groups concerned with children
  • Promote coordination of child and family programs across the three branches of government and between local and state endeavors
  • Make recommendations to the legislature and the governor for systems reform and model policies that will improve child outcomes in health, safety, and learning
  • Inform individuals and leaders of business, labor, education, state and local government, the news media, and the legislature of findings and recommendations
  • Perform services to facilitate adoption of the recommendations


Department of Children & Families

Behavioral Health Partnership – Information on Community-Based Services and Family Engagement
DCF has statutory authority to provide for children’s mental health services. The Department operates the Albert J. Solnit Center – North Campus and the Albert J. Solnit Center – South Campus. Through Connecticut Community KidCare, the Department also provides funding for a broad array of clinical and other services in the community, including outpatient clinics for children, therapeutic group homes, extended day treatment programs, emergency mobile psychiatric services, respite care, family advocacy, intensive case management and much more.

Children and families can access state-operated or state-funded community services directly or through referrals from providers in the behavioral health system. Services are provided on a sliding scale, and the majority of service providers are affiliated with a variety of health insurance plans.


State of Connecticut Embrace Hope Expect Change

Welcome to Connecticut’s Network of Care for Behavioral Health, made possible through State and Private Partnerships committed to promoting access to behavioral health care information for all residents of Connecticut. This Web site is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health. It provides information about mental health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with mental health issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is “No Wrong Door” for those who need services.


The Connecticut Family Support Network

The Connecticut Family Support Network is committed to helping families of individuals with disabilities and special health care needs, and the professionals who work with them, find information, resources and supports to improve their lives. Including one-to-one with parents via telephone, email and Facebook, workshops and trainings, support groups, information sharing and collaboration.