NCHS PFA WELLNESS INITIATIVE
The PFA Wellness Committee is designed to foster dialogue, communication and understanding for the parents, students and faculty to achieve a healthier community.
Please click below to find local resources. Also listed below are toll free hotlines.
Alphabetical List of Local Resources
A source for information about community services, referrals to human services, and crisis intervention.
50 Glenville Street, Greenwich
Provides people with developmental disabilities and their families in lower Fairfield County with support and advocacy for building able lives and strong communities. Abilis believes that all people deserve to live, work and enjoy life based upon their personal preferences, and supports individuals from birth through adulthood in their communities. We provide direct early intervention services for babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities, direct support services for individuals with autism, and vocational and employment training for adults with intellectual disabilities.
AL-ANON/ALATEEN FAMILY GROUPS OF CONNECTICUT
Al-Anon and Alateen are worldwide organizations that offer programs of help and mutual support for families and friends of someone with a drinking problem, whether or not that person seeks help or even recognizes the existence of a drinking problem. Participants in Al-Anon and Alateen give and receive comfort and understanding through a mutual exchange of experience, strength and hope, and learn how the principles of the AlAnon program can be applied to their own lives.
ARTS FOR HEALING
24 Grove Street, New Canaan
Offers music and art therapy for children and teens with disabilities.
CENTER FOR HOPE
590 Post Road, Darien
Individual, group and family counseling for persons of all ages facing the loss of a loved one, or a life-threatening illness to themselves or a family member.
THE CENTER FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS COUNSELING AND EDUCATION
880 Canal Street, Suite 2B, Stamford
203-329-2929 24-Hour Hotline
203-348-9346 Main Number
1-888-999-5545 Toll-Free Hotline
1-888-568-8332 Spanish Hotline
Free and confidential support services for sexual assault victims and their families, including counseling and support groups.
CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER OF MID-FAIRFIELD COUNTY
100 East Avenue, Norwalk
Offers a full-range of prevention, evaluation, and treatment services that consist of:
• Assessment that includes an orientation to our services, initial screening to define problems, and appropriate referral.
• Psychological and developmental testing to help clarify a child’s problems and treatment needs.
• Individual, parent guidance, family therapy, case management, outreach services and group psychotherapy as appropriate for each individual.
CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
196 Greyrock Place, Stamford
2-1-1 24-Hour Crisis Hotline/ Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Unit
Treatment Programs and Prevention Programs
• Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy Program
• Children and Parent Resource Team
• Community Emergency Response Program
• Crime Victims Assistance and Community Policing Partnership
• Emergency Mobile Crisis Services
• Intensive Home Based Services
• Lower Fairfield county Child Sexual Abuse Response Team
• Parent Consultation Service
• Professional Consultation Service
CHILDREN’S CONNECTION OF THE HUMAN SERVICES COUNCIL
One Park Street, Norwalk
• Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Training (SCAN-Stop Child Abuse Now).
• Child abuse, neglect prevention and intervention services.
• Children’s Bank (volunteer gift program that donates clothing, funding and gifts to abused and neglected children).
• Foster care support.
• Multidisciplinary Investigative Team of Greater Norwalk.
CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES (CACLD)
25 Van Zant Street, East Norwalk
Supports individuals, families, and professionals by providing information, education, and consultation while promoting public awareness and understanding. CACLD’s goal is to ensure access to the resources needed to help children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders achieve their full potential.
334 Farmington Avenue, Plainville
Connecticut’s library and resource center for information about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and related issues affecting mental health and wellness.
CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Seeks to advance equal rights for persons with disabilities (and their families) by increasing the ability of individuals, groups and systems to safeguard rights; expose instances and patterns of discrimination and abuse; promote individual and systemic remediation when rights are violated; increase public awareness of unjust situations and of means to address them; and empower people with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves.
4 Byington Place, Norwalk
Assesses and treats adolescents and adults for substance abuse and mental health issues. Provides individual and group services in bereavement, trauma, substance abuse, anger or stress management, relapse prevention, eating disorders and psychospiritual counseling.
DARIEN FAMILY YOUTH OPTIONS
2 Renshaw Road, Darien
Helps children and teenagers build the skills necessary to face the temptation of activities that may be harmful to themselves or others. Our services include:
• Anger management programs
• Assessment and intervention
• Drug testing
• Group therapy and parenting help
• Individual and family counseling
• Peer mentor groups
• Relapse prevention
• Telephone consultation
DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY, INC.
80 Ferry Boulevard, Suite 210, Stratford
Provides individuals with empowerment, and works for change in the emotional barriers that face people with disabilities in the community. Individual services consist of:
• Information and Referral; identifying and accessing services and supports, benefits, assistive technology, housing, personal assistance services, and other resources.
• Independent Living Skills Training; training in activities of daily living, and skills necessary for integration and full participation in the community for people with disabilities.
• Peer Support; peer counselors provide support to people with disabilities by drawing on their own life experience with disability.
• Advocacy; assistance in making your voice heard, advocating for the supports and services you need to maximize your own independence.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRISIS CENTER
5 Eversley Avenue, Norwalk 203-853-0418
141 Franklin Street, Stamford 203-965-0049
1-888-774-2900 24-Hour Hotline
Takes action to help victims of violence by ensuring their immediate safety and helping resolve medical and legal issues. The Family Advocate Program offers crisis intervention, support groups, life skills and parenting workshops to help victims set and work toward long-term goals.
225 Washington Boulevard, Stamford
Provides love, structure, and support at their charter schools, residential programs, and community programs, which enable children and families to reach their full potential. Their ability to build relationships helps children and families who may be struggling to focus on their strengths and make good choices.
THE EXCHANGE CLUB CENTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT
141 Franklin Street, Stamford
Maintains community-based child abuse prevention programs, and supports Exchange’s Program of Service, which includes youth programs, Americanism and community service.
FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S AGENCY
9 Mott Avenue, 4th Floor, Norwalk
Connects individuals and families in crisis, or at transitional moments of their lives, with skilled professionals in counseling, mental health and substance abuse services, senior services, family support, youth development, homeless services, mentoring and adoption programs.
FAMILY CENTERS Darien/New Canaan
590 Boston Post Road, Darien
203-655-0547 Phone (call or see Web site for other locations)
Offers counseling, education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. Programs include:
• Bright Beginnings; Preschool and Early Childhood Education.
• Families in Crisis; Family Centers’ comprehensive network of counseling, support and referral services.
• Fostering Independence; through vocational and career training, housing resources, counseling and self-sufficiency programs.
• Workplace Resources; WorkLife Solutions provides comprehensive employee assistance programs, work-life services.
FOUR WINDS HOSPITAL
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY
914-763-8151 or 1-800-528-6624
Provides quality inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment services for children, adolescents and adults. Serves as a leading specialized provider of inpatient psychiatric treatment for children and adolescents.
GOVERNOR’S PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP
Provides the leadership and resources to assist in the powerful effort to keep Connecticut’s kids safe, successful and drug-free. Leader in prevention work related to mentoring, underage drinking, and high-risk behavior among youth and college students, Student Assistance Programs and more.
HALL-BROOKE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
47 Long Lots Road, Westport
Provides a continuum of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, chemical dependency, and supportive services for children, adolescents and adults.
HEALTHCARE FOR UNINSURED KIDS AND YOUTH (HUSKY)
Offers a full health insurance package for children and teenagers up to age 19, regardless of family income. HUSKY pays for doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, and much more.
HEALTHY MINDS CT
Our mission is to ensure a high-quality mental health system promoting recovery and wellbeing for the residents of Southwestern Connecticut. Healthy Minds Connecticut provides our 14 communities with a voice in planning and monitoring the behavioral health system. We engage all stakeholder groups in identifying needs, reviewing services, making recommendations, and stimulating new initiatives. We develop priorities for the region and state, and we connect people and programs.
THE KENNEDY CENTER, INC.
2440 Reservoir Avenue, Trumbull
Private, community-based rehabilitation organization that actively responds to the needs of persons with disabilities by offering innovative, community services. Values that we instill:
• Treating all people with respect and dignity.
• Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their families through joint efforts.
• Assisting persons with disabilities toward optimal inclusion within the community.
• Diversity, support the elimination of discrimination, advocate for social equality
KIDS IN CRISIS
One Salem Street, Cos Cob
203-327-KIDS (5437) 24-Hour Confidential Helpline
Protects infants, children and teens from abuse and family crisis. Provides free, round-the-clock crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, local prevention programs, and advocacy throughout Connecticut. A Teen Talk Outreach Counselor is available to all students at New Canaan High School during the school year.
LIBERATION PROGRAMS, INC.
125 Main Street, Stamford
Offers substance abuse education, treatment and prevention to adults, adolescents and families.
NEW CANAAN CARES
112 Main Street, 2nd Floor, New Canaan P.O. Box 178, New Canaan
Offers a multitude of health-promoting programs directed at youth, parents and the community. Programs are provided to each public and private school in New Canaan on an ongoing basis. Offers parent, youth and community programs aimed at raising community health awareness while providing tools to promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen family systems, boost children’s resilience, build self-esteem and leadership skills, advance effective parenting skills, and reduce stress. The organization also has a wellness library, which lends out both books and videos. (A calendar of events is available on the Web site.)
NEW CANAAN COALITION
77 Main Street, New Canaan
This community group consists of youth from 8th–12th grades, parents, town officials, human and youth service workers, police, school personnel, local therapists, attorneys, representatives from faith communities, and others. They come together to brainstorm issues regarding youth and high-risk behavior, namely substance abuse. This group also provides educational forums for youth and parents with current research and strategies for prevention in the home.
NEW CANAAN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN & YOUTH SERVICES
77 Main Street, New Canaan
The mission of the Youth Services is to help New Canaan youth and families to function optimally by developing programs and activities that address developmental needs, as well as helping youth and families obtain appropriate social services and resources.
NEW CANAAN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PARTNERSHIP
Raises awareness in New Canaan about the issue of domestic violence, and encourages cooperation among social service and town agencies to help New Canaan citizens.
NEW CANAAN PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT
Our mission is twofold: 1) to provide support and hope to parents affected by their child’s substance misuse; and 2) to educate and raise awareness about addiction, mental health and recovery in our community. We hold weekly support meetings at St. Mark's Church, and frequent community events to educate and increase understanding.
NEW CANAAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Coordinates special education services from preschool students through age 21. All New Canaan Public Schools have special education programs.
NEW LEARNING CENTER
49 John Street, Southport
Works with agencies, schools and professionals to provide continuity of care by offering individual, couples and family therapies, as well as a broad range of specialty services. Specialized groups for children are offered for helping with social skills in grades 3–12.
NORWALK ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY NOW, INC. (NEON)
Main Office: 98 South Main Street, Norwalk
Aims to improve the conditions of poverty and to help low-income families and residents become self-sufficient through the delivery of direct program services and advocacy at the state, federal and community level.Our services and programs consist of the following:
• Head Start
• Early Child Education
• Employment and Training
• Eviction Prevention Services
• A 24-bed single room occupancy facility
• Partnerships for Community Distribution and Coordination of Emergency Services (including food, clothing and shelter)
• Retired Volunteer Services
• Youth Programs
• Senior Employment and Volunteer Programs
• Energy Assistance
• Case Management
• Information and Referral Services
• Advocacy Services
NORWALK HEALTH DEPARTMENT
137 East Avenue, Norwalk
203-854-7979 AIDS Counseling/Testing
203-854-7976 Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Promotes the highest quality of life within the changing community by ensuring a healthy environment. Focuses on monitoring health status and understanding health issues facing the community; developing the capacity to evaluate and improve programs and interventions as part of a commitment to continuous quality improvement; and protects people from health problems and hazards.
PEGASUS THERAPEUTIC RIDING
310 Peach Lake Road, Brewster, NY
845-669-8235, ext. 105
Riding therapy programs for students with physical and mental disabilities.
1864 Post Road, Darien
Community-based agency that, through a sharing of goods and talents, responds to people who lack basic human necessities and resources to improve their lives.
PHOENIX MANAGEMENT CORP.
101 Tresser Blvd., Stamford
Offers information about subsidized and fair market housing and the application process. Subsidized housing for families in New Canaan includes Canaan Parish, Millport Apartments, and Mill Apartments, totaling over 90 units. Final decisions rest with Phoenix Management per the appropriate housing regulations.
America's most trusted provider of reproductive health care, the heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community. Each health care center provides safe, reliable services that prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception; reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment; and screen for cervical and other cancers. We deliver comprehensive and medically accurate information that empowers women, men, teens, and families to make informed choices and lead healthy lives.
420 Post Road West, Westport
The programs of Positive Directions support these primary goals:
• To encourage a supportive environment for individuals and families to seek treatment and develop a substance-free lifestyle.
• To help employers and employees cope with substance abuse and other problems in the workplace.
• To provide information, counseling and support to people involved with alcohol, drugs and other destructive behavior to motivate them to accept treatment.
• To reach youth before they become involved with alcohol, drugs or other risky behavior and to help them make responsible decisions.
RENFREW CENTER OF CONNECTICUT
436 Danbury Road, Wilton
Provides treatment for eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating.
RESOURCES TO RECOVERY
provides mental health information and referrals to behavioral health treatment and other supports –we get over 30,000 visits to the website monthly. We have Resource Specialists who are available by phone or email to provide personalized assistance to families to connect them with help -this is a free service and available to anyone who contacts us from across the US. Although our website has a national reach, we are based in Stamford out of Laurel House and work most closely with families living in Fairfield and Westchester counties.
SILVER HILL HOSPITAL
208 Valley Road, New Canaan
Provides substance abuse and psychiatric treatment for adolescents and adults, including inpatient and outpatient treatment, day programs with schooling facilities, and chemical dependency groups.
SPED*NET (THE SPECIAL EDUCATION NETWORK) OF NEW CANAAN
P.O. Box 1612, New Canaan
A parent and professional network interested in special education issues. Offers seminars during the school year, maintains a "listserv," provides handouts and information, and has a variety of videos and books to loan members.
STANDUP PARENTING, INC.
Offers parents educational support, alternative strategies, and practical solutions to family issues.
182 Wolfpit Avenue, Norwalk
Non-profit membership organization serving infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. It provides personalized support and advocates for people to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth. STAR's informative Website showcases a comprehensive set of links to sites for local, state and national organizations that serve people with disabilities.
STATE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (STATE ASSISTANCE, ADULT MEDICAL, ETC.)
1642 Bedford Street, Stamford
Provides a continuum of core services to meet the basic needs of food, shelter, economic support, and health care. Promotes and supports the choice to live with the dignity in one's own home
TALKING WITH KIDS
A national initiative by Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation encouraging parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol and drug abuse.
7 Riversville Road, Greenwich
Outpatient psychiatric, medical and nutritional service center devoted to the diagnosis and holistic treatment of pediatric and adult eating disorders, weight management, and psychiatric disorders.
WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)
410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
Dedicated to safeguarding the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age five who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods and referrals to health care
A HANDICAPPED HELP LINE
ALCOHOL AND DRUG TREATMENT REFERRAL HELPLINE
CDC NATIONAL HIV AND AIDS INFORMATION HOTLINE
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT HOTLINE
CHILDHELP NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE
Domestic Violence Crisis Center
EMERGENCY MOBILE CRISIS HOTLINE
For children and teens needing psychiatric help, provided by child guidance center.
GAY/LESBIAN/BISEXUAL/ TRANSGENDER GLBT NATIONAL HELP CENTER
1-888-843-4564 GLBT National Hotline
1-800-246-7743 GLBT Youth Talkline
KIDS IN CRISIS HELPLINE
crisis counseling on the phone, referrals
LOVE IS RESPECT NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HELPLINE
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG DEPENDENCE (NCADD)
NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL POISON CONTROL
NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS HOTLINE
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT HOTLINE
VANISHED CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE