The Center will provide needed support and resources to underserved individuals and communities.
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(TORRINGTON, CT) – April 25, 2023 – The McCall Behavioral Health Network is excited to announce a major step toward the realization of a wellness center in Torrington. It’s a much-needed community resource made possible by a $1.4 million grant from the State of Connecticut’s Community Investment Fund (CIF).
The Family Wellness Center will address critical needs for family wellness and mental health services in northwestern Connecticut – offering comprehensive behavioral health services at a single location in Torrington. The Center will also help connect both young people and adults to additional services within McCall.
The McCall Family Wellness Center will positively impact the social determinants of health of families in our region. The goal is to reach families that are more likely to experience poor health outcomes because they’re unable to access the care they need.
“We’re extremely grateful to have CIF support,” said Maria Coutant Skinner, LCSW, President and CEO of the McCall Behavioral Health Network. “Our thanks extend to the municipal and state representatives who supported our application. Without their advocacy, this outcome would not have been possible.”
One important gap in care that the Wellness Center project hopes to fill is the current lack of services for Spanish-speaking individuals – especially those struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. In fact, the needs of the area’s growing Hispanic communities will be a special focus of the Center. McCall plans to expand their adolescent programming to include a Spanish-speaking clinician, to name just one example.
“This funding will do much to support the health and wellness of residents in this corner of Connecticut, and I thank the Community Investment Fund for recognizing this need,” said Rep. Maria Horn, Co-Chair of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. “I appreciate the Family Wellness Center for creating spaces for Spanish-speaking residents, eliminating a barrier for them while being cared for. I thank The McCall Behavioral Health Network for continuing to provide essential treatment to those in need.”
The McCall Family Wellness Center will bring three important services to one central location in Torrington, which is the most populated town in rural Litchfield County. McCall’s Prevention, Family, and Adolescent treatment programs will all be housed at the Center.
“The McCall Behavioral Health Network has been an indispensable resource to the city of Torrington. They provide a wide range of services, and this grant from CIF will ensure that they will continue to do so. I am grateful that this state funding was secured for an excellent organization in our community”, said State Representative Michelle Cook.
Part of McCall’s ongoing mission is to provide services and resources to marginalized families with low socioeconomic status, minority communities of color, religion, and ethnicity, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community who are frequently underserved for behavioral health due to several factors that McCall continues to address, including cost of care and language barriers.
The CIF-funded McCall Family Wellness Center will be located at 263 Migeon Avenue, helping to preserve Torrington’s architectural history. Ultimately, the project will support the wellness and behavioral health needs of young people and families. It will build the foundation for stronger, more economically resilient households by providing state-of-the-art prevention and treatment services.
About McCall Behavioral Health Network
Serving families and individuals of all ages across western Connecticut for 50+ years, McCall Behavioral Health Network is operating proof of the power of connection. We’re a diverse network of experienced, specialized, and highly trained behavioral healthcare professionals. Equally important, we’re passionate and compassionate people who are committed to helping individuals, families and communities access resources, overcome adversity, build resilience, and achieve wellness. A network that heals. A community who cares. That’s McCall Behavioral Health Network. www.mccallbhn.org
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