McCarthy Vahey supports Regional Mental Health Boards

Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield), as part of the Mental Health Awareness Month, joined fellow legislators and professionals to advocate for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Regional Mental Health Boards.

“As a prevention advocate with Fairfield Cares Community Coalition, I see first-hand the work of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board (SWRMHB),” Rep. McCarthy Vahey said. “Mental health and substance abuse issues impact all of us directly or indirectly.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Each year about 6.7% of U.S adults experience major depressive disorder and about 8 percent of teens ages 13-18 have an anxiety disorder.”

“Our Mental Health Board and RYASAP, our Regional Action Council, bring together many stakeholders to insure we are providing comprehensive and effective care,” Rep. McCarthy Vahey added. “These Boards help leverage $23 million in federal funds for important mental health and wellness work throughout Connecticut.

In addition to representing stakeholders and consumers, the Boards provide needs assessment and planning for behavioral health services, evaluate CT’s Behavioral Health Service System and provide and coordinate training and community forums.

SWRMHB offers events throughout Fairfield County during the month of May as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI Fairfield will offer discussion of Sharp by David Fitzpatrick Thursday, May 21, from 7-8:30, at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road. For further information on events, call 203-840-1187.

Cristin McCarthy Vahey represents Fairfield’s 133rd Assembly District. She serves on the Appropriations, Education and Transportations Committees.

Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield) at a recent Regional Mental Health Boards event in the capitol building.

Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield) at a recent Regional Mental Health Boards event in the capitol building.

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