CT STRONG is a program that will utilize innovative outcomes with regard to housing stability, physical health and mental health, education and employment for individuals aged 16-25. The youth to be served must reside in New London and be at risk for, or have behavioral health disorders. To assist in life skills approach as the youth transition from high school to either the working world or additional educational opportunities.
CT STRONG will:
- Identify young people who may have issues with limited housing, unemployment, substance abuse and/or behavioral health
disorders and engage them into treatment, services and supports.
- Implement the key principles of the
Wraparound approach; a planning process that incorporates the preferences, strengths and natural supports of the individual to
determine how to best serve them.
- Ensure that families, including natural
supports beyond traditional families are engaged and included in recovery planning.
- Enhance existing transitional youth
behavioral health services to create a strengths based, family focused, gender responsive and recovery oriented system of care that takes into consideration the culture of the youth and family.
- Utilize social marketing and public
education approaches such as media
campaigns to inform people about mental illness, reduce stigma and discrimination and provide connections to services.