CCHD Invites District Residents to Come Get Their Flu Shot!

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) encourages all Connecticut residents to get their annual flu shot. CCHD will be hosting eight flu clinics during the month of October 2019 amongst our four district towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. We invite you to come get your flu shot at one of the following clinics:

Please bring your insurance card to the clinic to receive your vaccination at no cost to you. We bill Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA Healthcare, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare Medicare plans, and Medicare part B insurances. The cost for all others is $25; however, no one will be denied vaccination for inability to pay.

Look for our flu ad screening during the previews at the Picture Show at Berlin October 4th – 10th!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older, especially among at-risk populations with compromised (weakened) immune systems. Vulnerable populations susceptible to prolonged infection and influenza-related complications include adults over 65 years of age, children under five, pregnant women, and persons with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease & emphysema), heart disease (congestive heart failure & coronary artery disease), and diabetes.

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection affecting the nose, throat, and lungs that can cause mild to severe illnesses potentially resulting in hospitalization, and can lead to death. In the United States, the CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle/body aches, runny/stuffy nose, headache, and fatigue. Complications include viral and bacterial pneumonia, ear and/or sinus infections, and exacerbation (worsening) of existing chronic medical conditions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has implemented changes to 2019-2020’s Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine composition, updating both the A(H1N1) and A(H3N2) components to better match this season’s predominant circulating viruses. Both B virus components have remained intact from the 2018-2019 vaccine. Quadrivalent vaccine composition: A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated); A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus (updated); B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus; B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus.

Annual flu vaccination is the primary method to provide immunity against the influenza virus, mitigating illness and death caused by influenza-related complications. Despite recommendations, many people still do not receive an annual flu vaccination, consequently leaving a significant portion of the population vulnerable to infection. Protect yourself, your family and friends; get your flu shot this October!

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a fourteen member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

DPH CAUTIONS STATE RESIDENTS TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID MOSQUITOES

 
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EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) CARRYING MOSQUITOS IDENTIFIED IN 7 SOUTHEASTERN TOWNS THIS WEEK.

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is advising Connecticut residents to protect themselves and their children from mosquitoes to reduce the chance of contracting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.

Mosquitoes trapped in 7 towns, primarily located in the southeastern part of the state, have tested positive for EEE virus this week. Towns include Chester, Haddam, Hampton, Killingworth, North Stonington, Stonington, and Voluntown. Some of the mosquito species that tested positive for the virus are known to bite people and horses. This season, two cases of EEE virus infection have been reported in horses. No human infections of EEE virus have been identified.

"No human cases of EEE have been reported in Connecticut since 2013," cautioned DPH Commissioner Renée Coleman Mitchell, "however, it is important for all Connecticut residents, especially in the southeastern part of the state, to take recommended precautions to avoid mosquito bites seriously."

EEE is a serious but rare illness caused by a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can only acquire the virus by feeding on infected wild birds. In most years, the virus is found only in species of mosquitoes which feed on birds, but occasionally the virus can be passed on to other mosquito species known to bite people and horses. The virus cannot be passed from person to person or from horses to humans. The risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases such as EEE virus usually increases through the late summer and early fall. Mosquitoes are active until the first heavy frost.

Infection with EEE virus can cause serious illness affecting the brain. Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck and decreased consciousness. The disease is fatal in 25-50% of cases and many of those who recover experience lasting health problems. Individuals with symptoms suggestive of EEE infection should contact their physician immediately. No human vaccine against EEE virus infection or specific antiviral treatment for clinical EEE virus infections is available.

"We are not suggesting that people stop enjoying outdoor activities," said DPH Commissioner Renée Coleman Mitchell “but people should take extra precautions to protect their health."

Residents are advised to protect themselves and their children by minimizing outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If outdoor activity is unavoidable, all personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites should be taken.

The most effective way to prevent infection from EEE virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, treat clothing and gear, and take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors.

For more information about EEE prevention, visit this CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/gen/pre.html

For the latest mosquito test results, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program web site at https://portal.ct.gov/mosquito

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For More Information:

Elizabeth Conklin

elizabeth.conklin@ct.gov

(860) 509-7270

CCHD Offers FREE Diabetes Self-Management Workshops

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) will be hosting FREE Live Well with Diabetes self-management workshops to district residents residing in the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The six-week workshop series will be held once a week on Wednesday mornings, beginning on October 16th through November 20th from 9:30 AM – 12 PM at the Rocky Hill Senior Center located at 761 Old Main Street in Rocky Hill.

Live Well with Diabetes is a nationwide, evidence-based self-management program developed at Stanford University. The workshops are designed for adults suffering from type 2 diabetes, their families, and their caregivers. Participants will learn how to manage diabetes through nutrition, exercise, symptom management (high/low blood sugar, fatigue, pain), emotional management (stress, depression, anger, fear, frustration), medication, & effective communication with health care providers within an interactive and supportive environment.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes mellitus type 2 (type 2 diabetes) affects over 30.3 million Americans in the US and can result in devastating macrovascular complications such as heart disease, infarction & stroke. Additionally, diabetes is the leading cause of microvascular complications such as adult-onset blindness (diabetic retinopathy), kidney failure (diabetic nephropathy), and lower-limb amputations (diabetic neuropathy). Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), insulin resistance, and insulin deficiency. Common symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst, increased appetite, fatigue, and weight loss.

Pre-registration is required & space is limited. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call Denise Sanderson at (860) 258-2786. The textbook ‘Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions’ will be available on loan at no cost; participants can also purchase a personal copy.

‘Live Well with Diabetes’ is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and sponsored by the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH), the North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA), and the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD).

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in 9 CT Towns: CCHD Urges Residents to Protect Against Mosquito Bites

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The Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) has received notification that the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified West Nile Virus (WNV) infected mosquitoes in nine towns: Chester, East Haven, Greenwich, Groton, New Haven, North Haven, North Stonington, South Windsor, and Wethersfield. CCHD urges all CT residents to take precautions to protect themselves against vector-borne disease transmission by preventing mosquito bites.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States commonly transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 1 in 5 (20%) WNV infected persons develop fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes and rash on chest, stomach & back. About 1 in 150 develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness including symptoms such as high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

CCHD encourages residents to protect yourself, your family, and your friends from mosquito-borne illness by following these simple steps:

Mosquitoes require a blood meal for reproduction!

• Be careful at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

• Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors; don’t forget to cover the arms and legs of children. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

• Cover babies’ playpens and carriages with mosquito netting when outdoors.

• Install protective nets and screens

• Use an effective insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), 2-undecanone which are EPA-registered repellents.

Mosquitos require water for reproduction, laying eggs in as little as a few tablespoons of water!

• Eliminate sources of standing water around your home such as stagnant ponds, ditches, flower pots and old tires.

• Drain children’s pools, clean clogged gutters, and flush birdbaths & fountains once or twice a week.

• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, and any similar containers that have accumulated on your property.

• Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling and garbage containers that are left outside.

West Nile virus has been detected in the state of CT every year since 1999. The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) reports a total of 134 human cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in CT residents since 2000, resulting in 90 hospitalizations and 3 fatalities.

The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state, including two collection sites within the Health District located at Churchill Park in Newington and Goff Road in Wethersfield. Testing begins in early June and continues through the late fall. Mosquito traps are set Monday – Thursday nights at each site every ten days on a rotating basis. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site, and date. Laboratory testing detects the presence of vector borne diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE), Jamestown Canyon virus (JC), and Zika virus. Positive findings are reported to local health departments weekly and can be accessed on the CAES website at http://www.ct.gov/caes/mosquitotesting.

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a fourteen member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

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DPH INVESTIGATING CASES OF LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE AT ROCKY HILL NURSING FACILITY

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LEGIONELLA BACTERIA FOUND IN WATER OF APPLE REHAB, INC.; DPH WORKING WITH FACILITY TO PROTECT PATIENTS

HARTFORD: The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) together with the management of Apple Rehab in Rocky Hill is coordinating a response to two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a bacterial respiratory infection caused by exposure to the Legionella bacteria. Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed among residents of Apple Rehab, and one patient died recently. The DPH was notified on July 17, 2019 of a resident of the facility with Legionnaires’ disease. Legionella bacteria were also found in water samples tested by the facility.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by breathing in aerosolized (small droplets) water containing Legionella bacteria. Legionella is a bacteria normally found in freshwater lakes and streams that can grow in human-made building water systems. Inhalation of droplets of water containing Legionella coming out of showerheads, sinks, and other water sources can cause Legionnaire’s disease. Legionnaires’ disease is not transmitted person-to-person. Most healthy people exposed to Legionella do not develop Legionnaires’ disease. People at increased risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease include: people 50 years or older, current or former smokers, people with chronic lung diseases, and people with weakened immune systems.

DPH and Apple Rehab personnel are continuing a joint investigation to identify the environmental source of Legionella bacteria to protect patients, staff and visitors. DPH personnel have reviewed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and discussed implementation with Apple Rehab administrators. The water system at Apple Rehab has also undergone chlorine treatment and further testing is underway. Patients, staff, and visitors have been notified of the finding of Legionella in the water system. Moving forward, DPH will be monitoring Apple Rehab’s water quality and disease prevention measures.

CDC recommendations for Legionella control measures in facilities can be viewed here: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/health-depts/healthcare-resources/cases-outbreaks.html#measures-facilities

More information about the Legionella bacteria can be found on the DPH website here: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Epidemiology-and-Emerging-Infections/Legionnaires-disease

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For More Information:

Av Harris (860) 509-7270

av.harris@ct.gov

CDC supports WHO declaration of "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" for Ebola outbreak in eastern region of The Democratic Republic of the Congo

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As cases of Ebola continue to increase in the eastern region of The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and travel-associated cases have been reported in neighboring Uganda, CDC fully supports the decision by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). A PHEIC is declared if an extraordinary event poses a public health threat to other nations through the spread of disease and requires a more robust coordinated international response.

The declaration was made by WHO after the IHR Emergency Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people in the DRC on the border with Rwanda and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world. WHO cautioned against imposing trade or travel restrictions, which would have a negative impact on the response and on the lives and livelihoods of people in the region.

“Ending the Ebola outbreak is one of the Trump Administration’s top global health priorities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “We appreciate the strong response of Dr. Tedros and WHO leadership to this outbreak, yet it is clear that much more remains to be done. The United States government has already played a vital role in supporting the response in the DRC and neighboring nations, and will continue this support until we have put an end to the outbreak.”

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D.

“Make no mistake, the challenges to stopping the Ebola outbreak are growing steeper and the public health response will unquestionably be longer,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “CDC stands ready to support our U.S. government and international partners in limiting the spread of Ebola, improving the human condition, and bringing this outbreak to an end.”

As part of the Administration’s whole-of-government effort, CDC experts are working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on the ground in the DRC and the American Embassy in Kinshasa to support the Congolese and international response. The United States government, including CDC, is working with DRC, Uganda, WHO, and other partners to support the current Ebola outbreak response by providing technical assistance and expertise in disease tracking, case investigation, contact tracing, case management, infection prevention and control, safe burials, community engagement and social mobilization, risk communication and health education, behavioral science, laboratory testing, border health, data management, vaccination campaigns, and logistics.

To rapidly identify cases and prevent further spread of Ebola, CDC is working with the U.S. Embassy in DRC to preposition CDC staff in Goma to rapidly respond to hotspots where the security situation is permissible. As of July 16, 2019, CDC staff have conducted 311 deployments to the DRC, neighboring countries, and WHO headquarters. CDC has 246 permanent staff in the three high-risk countries bordering the outbreak (South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda), including 43 in DRC. DRC has more than 150 graduates of CDC’s Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program who are playing a central role in this public health response.

CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Thursday, June 13, 2019, to support the inter-agency response to the outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. CDC’s activation of the EOC allows the agency to provide increased operational support for the response to meet the outbreak’s evolving challenges.

There are no cases of Ebola in the United States. At this time, we believe the risk to the United States from the current Ebola outbreak in DRC remains low based on the travel volume and travel patterns from the outbreak area to the United States.

The outbreak in DRC is occurring in a region where there are armed conflict, outbreaks of violence, and other problems that complicate public health response activities and increase the risk of disease spread both locally within DRC and to neighboring countries. CDC continues to provide technical assistance to the ministries of health of DRC, Uganda, and other neighboring countries, in collaboration with the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, the Department of State, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other local and international partners, to ensure the response is robust and well-coordinated and brings the outbreak to an end.

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CCHD Congratulates 2019’s Walking Competition Participants!

 
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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) hosted our fourth annual Step into Summer 2019: Four Town Walking Competition from April 28th through June 8th in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield. During the 6-week event, district residents and employees within the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield engaged in a friendly neighborhood competition in an effort to jump start an active and healthy summer.

Neary 700 participants of all ages from each respective town teamed up to track their activity using pedometers, Fitbits, or similar tracking devices, and reported their steps on a weekly basis aboard the Walker Tracker website. In culmination of the competition, CCHD held a closing ceremony on July 9th at The Richard D. Tulisano Summer Concert Series held at Elm Ridge Park’s Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill to commemorate this year’s participants and crown 2019’s champions.

The High Stepper Award Trophy, awarded to the town with the highest average steps per participant, was presented to Berlin’s Revenue Clerk Sheel Patel. At first place, the town of Berlin has been crowned champion for four consecutive years, registering a total of 18,872 miles with an average of 200.8 miles per each of their 94 participants during this year’s competition.

The Impact Award Plaque, awarded to the town with the highest number of participants, was presented to Newington’s Mayor Roy Zartarian. At second place, the town of Newington registered a total of 49,202 miles, the highest total miles in the competition, with an average of 183.6 miles per each of their 268 participants.

At third place, the town of Wethersfield registered a total of 33,790 miles with an average of 171.5 miles per each of their 197 participants. At fourth place, the Central Connecticut Health District registered a total of 1,371 miles with an average of 152.3 miles per each of their 9 participants. Last but not least, at fourth place, the town of Rocky Hill registered a total of 17,257 miles with an average of 138.1 miles per each of their 125 participants.

Collectively, all five teams have walked a total of 120,491miles: 4.8 times around the circumference of the earth (24,900 mi) or half of the way to the moon (238,855 mi) over the course of the 6-week competition!

The Central Connecticut Health District would like to express our sincerest gratitude and congratulate this year’s participants. We are also thankful to the representatives from our four towns who serve on the Steering Committee and to our partners at Anthem and Walker Tracker. We invite you to join us next year for 2020’s Walking Competition to keep moving in the right direction one step at a time!

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a fourteen member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

Department of Public Health Launches #LeaveItToUs Campaign To Reduce Spread Of Sexually Transmitted Disease

WITH RATES RISING NATIONALLY AND IN CONNECTICUT, SERVICE OFFERS FREE, CONFIDENTIAL NOTIFICATION IF INTIMATE PARTNERS ARE EXPOSED TO AN STD

Hartford – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today is launching a new video campaign entitled #LeaveItToUs designed to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) by promoting the Department’s confidential notification service for informing persons that might have been exposed to an STD.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STD rates for diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise nationally and also in the state of Connecticut. A link to that data can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats17/default.htm

“We understand that having an STD can be scary,” says STD Control Program Coordinator, Dr. Lynn Sosa. “The message of the #LeaveItToUs campaign is simple: our staff is here to help make sure people are treated and assist in the process of telling their partners they should be tested too. Though it can be embarrassing to talk about, sharing information between sexual partners is critical to getting tested and treated, and ultimately reducing the spread of these diseases.”

One factor driving rising STD rates nationally is the stigma, embarrassment, and shame associated with testing for STDs and what to do when tests yield positive results. Without testing, infections go untreated, continue to spread and potentially lead to complications such as infertility. Those who test positive are often too embarrassed to contact previous partners to warn them of their exposure to STDs and encourage them to also get tested. The #LeaveItToUs campaign seeks to reduce barriers to testing by assisting the process of informing potentially infected partners in a confidential, non-judgmental manner on behalf of the primary person infected. The videos describing these services are available in English and Spanish. They will be promoted at partnering healthcare facilities and clinics.

By law, healthcare providers must notify DPH of specific STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. When the STD Control Program is notified of an STD, specially trained staff called Disease Intervention Specialists reach out confidentially to the infected person and talk to them about their potential partners who have been exposed and maybe infected. Staff then reach out to those partners on behalf of the patient, maintaining confidentiality while answering questions, promoting testing and treatment. Staff will also provide resources including: testing locations, STD prevention resources, and education in an effort to prevent future exposure and infections.

Providing partner services is the most effective statewide program to identify infected persons and link them directly to care for their STD. The Connecticut DPH encourages all sexually active people to get tested regularly and to be knowledgeable about their sexual health which includes risk factors for infections with STDs.

For more information, visit the Connecticut DPH STD Control Program:

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Infectious-Diseases/STD/Sexually-Transmitted-Diseases-Control-Program

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For More Information:

Av Harris av.harris@ct.gov

(860) 509-7270


CCHD Debuts Opioid Recovery Program

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In response to the national opioid epidemic, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is pleased to debut our agency’s Opioid Recovery Program. In partnership with the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) and funded by the Connecticut State Opioid Response (SOR) grant, CCHD proudly announces the launch of our ‘How Can We Help?’ initiative.

 CCHD’s ‘How Can We Help?’ campaign employs a dual approach, seeking to assist both INDIVIDUALS suffering from an opioid use disorder and FAMILY/FRIENDS of loved ones suffering from an opioid use disorder. We want to help YOU on your recovery, however we understand that addiction manifests differently per individual and therefore requires an individualized approach. Therefore, we seek to tailor our response through three simple questions:

                        1. What does Recovery look like to You?

                        2. How can we help You on your Recovery?

                        3. How can we help You support your loved one’s Recovery?

 Additionally, CCHD has developed & distributed Opioid Recovery Cards to first responders, EMS, police, fire, and social services within our district. The Opioid Recovery Cards feature a trifold accordion design with a perforated/detachable contact card panel. The panels contain both information on CCHD’s ‘How Can We Help?’ campaign and a list of additional resources offered throughout the state of Connecticut. The perforated/detachable contact card is intended to be filled out and subsequently texted or emailed to CCHD’s recovery coach for follow up. Furthermore, CCHD has also launched a new program webpage featuring a fillable contact form, a hub of individual and family/friends resources, and the SAMHSA Treatment Services Locator. To contact a recovery coach, please call, text or email:

            Luis Pantoja, Recovery Coach                 Phone: (860) 249-6340 │Email: recovery@ccthd.org

                                                                        Webpage: https://www.ccthd.org/opioid-program

Lastly, in partnership with Coram Deo Recovery and Wellspring Church, CCHD is proud to host our ‘How Can We Help?’ Family and Friends Support Group. We invite you to attend our support group sessions every Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 PM at Wellspring Church located at 222 Lincoln Street in Kensington, CT. Light dinner will be provided from 6:30-7 PM and group will be held from 7-8 P

The support group implements an innovative approach featuring both educational and workgroup components. The educational component will alternate between thematic mini-presentations guided through a ‘live’ curriculum elected by our participants, and a rotating panel of guests whom will share their stories, struggles, and insights into addiction. The workgroup component will be structured around thematic small group discussions and workshops. Finally, we seek to hold periodic community trainings including Narcan administration trainings in the near future.

For more information on our support groups visit us at https://www.howcanwehelp.live/. For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4! 

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a fourteen member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.