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Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services


Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS)

General Contact Info:

Click here to find DMHAS services in your area.

For further information regarding DMHAS employment programs, please contact:
Linda Guillorn (Employment Services) 860-418-6732

General Purpose of Agency:

MISSION: The mission of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to improve the quality of life of the people of Connecticut by providing an integrated network of comprehensive, effective and efficient mental health and addiction services that foster self-sufficiency, dignity and respect.

Specific Activities of Interest to Persons Living With AIDS:

Employment and educational services are integral to DMHAS’ goal of offering a recovery-oriented system of care for persons in recovery who experience behavioral health conditions.  From the recovery perspective, meaningful employment and education also have been shown to promote recovery from psychiatric and addiction disorders and to facilitate improvements in diverse domains from symptom relief to successful community integration.

Currently DMHAS funds 35 agencies across Connecticut to provide a broad menu of employment and education services. DMHAS Employment Services may include the Supported Employment Model – IPS (Individual Placement and Support) which is an evidence-based practice that is designed to help persons living with mental illness.

What you can expect:

While employment and education strategies must be tailored to meet individual needs, agencies generally offer a range of services including career planning, job search assistance, job placement, on- and off-the-job coaching and career advancement services and supported education.

How to effectively access this agency:

DMHAS Employment Services

Recovery Oriented Employment Resources

DMHAS Programs and Services (all programs, including employment services)

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut.

While the Department’s prevention services serve all Connecticut citizens, its mandate is to serve adults (over 18 years of age) with psychiatric or substance use disorders, or both, who lack the financial means to obtain such services on their own. DMHAS also provides collaborative programs for individuals with special needs, such as persons with HIV/AIDS infection, people in the criminal justice system, those with problem gambling disorders, substance abusing pregnant women, persons with traumatic brain injury or hearing impairment, those with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness, and special populations transitioning out of the Department of Children and Families.