Learn about The Hub

As the RBHAO for Southwestern CT, we support behavioral health prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives,

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Introducing The Hub!

We are the state-designated Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) serving Southwest Connecticut. We are a regional resource supporting and coordinating mental health, suicide awareness, substance use prevention and problem gambling efforts in the 14 communities from Greenwich through Greater Bridgeport and serving as the liaison between the region and state. We support the Local Prevention Councils in each town to prevent substance use and promote mental health, and we bring consumers and providers together through our Catchment Area Councils to identify needs and recommendations in the treatment and recovery systems. 

The Hub also houses our peer support programs: TurningPointCT.org and SMART Recovery. Our peer specialists run support groups, speak at schools and colleges, and provide online support.

The Hub is a program of the Regional Youth-Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP). 

Scroll down to see our staff & advisory board. To get involved, contact us at info@thehubct.org

 

Our Staff

 

Giovanna Mozzo, MSW

Director

Giovanna is a social worker and substance misuse prevention professional who's been in the prevention field for the last 5 years.  She has 20 years of experience in social work, including 7 years with DSS and 6 years at Chapel Haven. For the last 2 years she has served as an Adjunct Professor for Western CT State University; where she has taught in the Social Work Program and at Housatonic Community College teaching an Ethics course for the Human Services program. She is also a field supervisor for WCSU undergraduate program and Sacred Heart's Master of Social Work program. Giovanna is a suicide prevention trainer in safeTALK, Talk Saves Lives, and Question Persuade and Refer (QPR). As well as an  A-SBIRT and Narcan trainer. With already having a full plate at work and home she finds time to work for Living Waters Therapy Services as a Therapist.  She has an MSW from Fordham University, a BSW from SCSU, and is fluent in Italian.   

Contact Giovanna at: gmozzo@thehubct.org

Daniella Arias, MPH

Program Coordinator

Daniella serves as a liaison between individual communities to facilitate needs assessment and local capacity building around behavioral health needs. Prior to joining The Hub, she worked for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England helping individuals with mental health and substance use issues. She earned her bachelor's degree in public health from Southern Connecticut State University and  recently graduated from the Master of Public Health program at Sacred Heart University.

Contact Daniella at: darias@ryasap.org

Rai'jona Crear

Office Manager

Rai is the Office Manager for The Hub, coordinating events, data, and social media. She is the former Project Coordinator for our TurningPointCT.org project and was a Job Coach at Boys & Girls Village. She provides peer sexuality education to youth statewide through the Be Proud, Be Responsible program  of the Birth Education Support and Beyond organization, and she co-facilitates a SMART Recovery(R) support group for teens in Bridgeport at Child & Family Guidance. Rai has a background in sociology and marketing and has worked in social services and development since graduating from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. 

Contact Rai at rcrear@thehubct.org

Amy Oestreicher

SMART Recovery Project Coordinator

Amy is a former blogger for our TurningPointCT.org website and joined The Hub in 2020 to coordinate our SMART Recovery(R) groups and promote recovery supports for people seeking tools to empower them to make positive changes in their life. 

Amy is a PTSD specialist, artist, Audie Award-nominated author, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, award-winning actress, and playwright. As a survivor and “thriver” of multiple traumas including nearly 30 surgeries and assault, Amy eagerly shares the gifts of life’s “beautiful detours” in her educational programming, writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking. Amy has toured her autobiographical musical, Gutless & Grateful, to over 200 venues since 2012 as a mental health and sexual assault education program for colleges, conferences and organizations.  She’s an in-demand speaker on topics relating to mental health, sexual abuse, resilience, PTSD and women’s issues. Her full-length plays, which explore the impact on trauma on communities and transgenerational trauma, have been presented across the country, and her story been featured on CBS, NBC and at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. She is a SheSource Expert, a top writer for Medium and Huffington Post, and a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 notable online and print publications. 

Contact Amy at: aoestreicher@thehubct.org

Ella Moore

TurningPointCT Project Coordinator

Ella joined TurningPointCT.org as the Project Coordinator in 2020. Ella uses her personal experience with anxiety, depression, and unhealthy coping mechanisms to provide support and resources to her peers. She coordinates TurningPointCT’s online and direct work, including interactive online web resources, social media, and speaking engagements at schools and universities. Ella is studying psychology at Lesley University following her time as an illustration major at the Rhode Island School of Design. She uses both her passion for mental wellness and her artistic creativity to find new ways to support and connect with peers.

Contact Ella at: emoore@thehubct.org

Eliza McNamara

TurningPointCT Peer Specialist

Eliza uses her personal experience with anxiety, trauma, and unhealthy coping techniques to inform her peer support and advocacy work. She has worked with TurningPointCT.org since 2017, first as a blogger, later as Project Coordinator, and currently as co-facilitator of our SMART Recovery Teen support group in Norwalk and contributor to TurningPointCT podcasts and videos. Eliza is both a certified Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) and a Recovery Coach. She works for Supportive Housing Works and is enrolled at Housatonic Community College. Follow Eliza’s blog, “Well for Willow,” about life as a young single mom living in recovery at www.TurningPointCT.org

Contact Eliza at: emcnamara@thehubct.org

Our Regional Advisory Board

We gratefully recognize the Interim Regional Advisory Board members who are serving as the initial steering committee for The Hub, representing stakeholder groups from our whole region:

Tina Corlett (Co-Chair), Marc Donald (Co-Chair), Sue Buchsbaum, Joanne Butler, Alicia Feller, Chloe Kelly, Marcea Koffsky, Melissa McGarry, Ed Milton, Carlos Reinoso, Louis Schulman, Bianca Shinn-Desras, Rev. Debra Slade, Vanity Vázquez, Kate Venison, Denique Weidema-Lewis, Maggie Young.

 

The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT

A division of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) 

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