Bridges to Better Care: Expanding Our Community's Health System

Help Us Support People and Bridge the Gaps in Our Service System

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Help Us Support People and Bridge the Gaps in Our Service System

United Services Annual Appeal

For more than 58 years, it has been our privilege to serve Northeastern Connecticut with comprehensive behavioral health, wellness and family services programs.

As the community behavioral health center, we work every day to provide our clients and communities with the best care possible. We call on our connections with community partners and we creatively stretch every dollar to meet every need we can.

When we find gaps in our service system, we find a way to build a bridge across.

Since September 2021, United Services has applied for and received three large federal grants that together will help transform our agency and our region’s service system.

Together, these programs aim to:

  • Assist individuals in emerging from mental health and substance use crises to stabilize and engage in outpatient care.
  • Improve health outcomes through access to preventive physical health care and engagement with a primary care provider.
  • Prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations, reducing the burden on our healthcare system overall.
  • Help individuals navigate the health and social service system, including specialty health care, housing, education and employment.

We are thrilled to be able to bring these resources to our area, as we know they are needed.

While these federal funds will transform our programs, we still need your help in meeting our clients’ needs.

United Services has seen dramatic increases across our programs in the last two years, most likely related to the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.

45% increase in clients in Children's Mental Health Services

155% increase in youth served by the Juvenile Justice Diversion

22% increase in clients in Adult Mental Health Services

21% increase in clients in Opioid, Alcohol and Tobacco Use Treatment

24% increase in clients in Addiction Recovery Services

Any gift is meaningful. Can we count on you to transform lives in Northeastern Connecticut?

  • $25 could buy shoes for a child who had to leave a violent home in slippers one night
  • $50 could buy supplies for after school activities for at-risk youth in our community - such as art supplies for our Children's Mental Health or after school programs.
  • $100 could help pay for basic needs (hygiene items such as toothbrush and soap, socks, boots and winter hat) to individuals experiencing or emerging from homelessness.
  • $500 could help cover the costs of out of pocket insurance expenses that are a barrier to adults, children and families in need of therapy.
  • $1,000 could fund staff time for counseling programs within school and community settings, helping to reduce barriers to services especially for children in our area.

Donate now to help us bridge the gaps in our service system.