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 is a program of the Regional Youth-Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP).
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Margaret served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board for the last 6 years of its existence, winning the Policy Leadership Award from the Keep The Promise Coalition in 2017. In 2019 SWRMHB was merged into the new Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization known as The Hub, under the auspices of RYASAP. Prior to her work in mental health, Margaret had 12 years of experience in public health, working as a global health consultant specializing in program monitoring, system development and training. She also worked as an educator for 8 years, including 3 years as a bilingual teacher. Margaret is a QPR suicide prevention trainer. She has an MPH from UNC/Chapel Hill, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Hispanic Studies from Harvard. She is fluent in Spanish and French.
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Giovanna is a social worker and substance misuse prevention professional who directed the Mid Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition for 2 1/2 years. She has 20 years of experience in social work, including 7 years with DSS and 6 years at Chapel Haven, and is a safeTALK suicide prevention trainer and A-SBIRT trainer. Giovanna serves as an Adjunct Professor at Western CT State University. She has an MSW from Fordham University, a BSW from SCSU, and is fluent in Italian.
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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.
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TurningPointCT Project Leader
Eliza joined TurningPointCT.org as a Peer Specialist in 2017 and became the Project Leader in 2019. Eliza uses her personal experience with anxiety, trauma, and unhealthy coping techniques to inform her peer support and advocacy work. She coordinates TurningPointCT's online and direct work, including the interactive online web resources, social media, and speaking engagements at schools and universities. She also co-facilitates our SMART Recovery Teen support group in Norwalk and coordinates our project interns. Eliza is a certified Recovery Support Specialist (RSS), Recovery Coach, and trained SMART Recovery facilitator and is currently enrolled at Housatonic Community College. She also serves on Southwest CT’s regional Homeless Youth Advisory Board. You can reach follow Eliza’s blog, “Well for Willow,” about life as a young single mom living in recovery at www.TurningPointCT.org.
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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.
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