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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 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

 
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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

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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

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Recovery Friendly Workplace Manager

Jeremy is a social worker/youth advocate and justice reformist who has been in the nonprofit field for over 13 years. Jeremy has worked in variety of roles across this time, ranging from youth counselor to more recently as Director for the City of Juvenile Review Board 2011-2020 and as a Social Worker with the Department of Children and Families Connecticut 2020-2021. In 2019 Jeremy was the recipient of the Senator Blumenthal CT Person of the year for work with reentry population (www.ctreentry.org) prior to entering the nonprofit world, Jeremy was an avid Rugby League Player who represented the United States National Team the Tomahawk’s at the international stage on multiple occasions. Jeremy also competed in the 2010 CrossFit Games team competition placing 10th in the world. When Jeremy isn’t engaged in work he enjoys traveling internationally and seeing the world with his family, spending time outdoors and seeing friends.

Jeremy will be focusing much of his efforts on the Recovery Workplace Initiative. If you'd like to become a certified RFW or want to know more about the initiative please reach out to him directly at: jeremy@ryasap.org 

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Kaitlin Comet, MA

Prevention Corps Member

Kaitlin began at The Hub as an AmeriCorps Prevention Corps member working on community-focused solutions in opioid education, awareness, and stigma reduction. After completing her one-year service, she was invited to continue working with The Hub as Program Coordinator. She is a Narcan trainer and hosts training for community members and organizations. She also organizes a variety of mental health events to raise awareness and education. She participated in several mental health and prevention committees throughout the state and was the Project Manager and a Panelist for Stamford’s Community Mental Health & Wellness Summit. As Program Coordinator, she leads the Catchment Area Councils (CACs) of SW CT. Kaitlin graduated from the Forensic Psychology Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. During her time in the dual program, she specialized in working with victims of interpersonal violence, interned at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, and volunteered as a research assistant in the Forensic Psychology Department. After graduation, she continued her position as Peer Counseling Coordinator in John Jay’s Peer Counseling internship program where she supervised a team of undergraduate students in mental health outreach, events, and student support sessions. She currently teaches several courses as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at John Jay. She participates in the department’s Anti-Racist Committee to develop inclusive curriculum, and the Safe Zone Committee to provide trainings to advocate and raise awareness for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Kaitlin has also worked with youth and young adults through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in NYC, teaching high school students about Mental Health & Wellness. Her work is driven by her personal experiences, and passion for mental health and prevention. Whenever she has free time, Kaitlin enjoys exploring her communities and is a huge foodie.

Contact Kaitlin:  kaitlin@ryasap.org

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Victoria O’Neill

Program Coordinator

Upon her completion of an AmeriCorps service term at The Hub Victoria O’Neill (she/her/hers) was brought on to the team to act as a Program Coordinator. Much of Victoria's work is focused on suicide prevention and post vention and working to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic. After earning her bachelors degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Services and a minor in Gender Studies at Quinnipiac University, Victoria went on to study Social Work at Fordham University. Victoria is currently in her first year of her Master's program here and hopes to continue her work empowering and educating those with substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses. She is passionate about issues surrounding social, economic, and racial justice as well as combating issues of stigmatization around vulnerable populations. 

Contact Victoria:  victoria@ryasap.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.