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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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Kaitlin Comet

Prevention Corps Member

My name is Kaitlin Comet (she/her/hers). I am a new member of Prevention Corps and my site is The Hub. I was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. During this time, I specialized in crisis counseling and working with individuals who experienced interpersonal violence. I am currently an Adjunct Lecturer at John Jay (remotely, of course!) where I teach several different courses in the Counseling and Human Services Department. I have had a range of experiences in different populations and settings including working with adolescents and young adults, serving on a prevention coalition, providing Safe Zone training to advocate and raise awareness for LGBTQIA+ individuals, providing outreach, and working in non-profit settings.

Contact Kaitlin:  kaitlin@ryasap.org  or 203-450-1336.

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Nicole Hampton

Catchment Area Council Coordinator 

Nicole Hampton is a seasoned Recovery Coach who has a passion to help others.  She has obtained the following credentials: Certified Peer Recovery Specialist through the Connecticut Certification Board and Recovery Coach Professionalism Designation through CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery).  Since March of 2016 she has been volunteering as an Addiction Recovery Coach at CCAR, BRCC, facilitating Recovery Capital, and she received the Presidential Volunteer Award, ’17 & ‘18 for her efforts at CCAR.  Nicole was the keynote speaker at CCAR’s Annual Meeting in 2018, and she was the keynote speaker for Recovery Network of Programs Annual Meeting in 2016.  She was a panelist at the New York Emerging Healthcare Professions Conference in 2017, and she has a great presence when sharing her recovery story.  Nicole also received the Personal Achievement Award through the Bridgeport Re-Entry Collaborative at their annual award ceremony.  Since March of 2017, Nicole has been working as a Peer Engagement Specialist for the Community Care Team and Frequent Visitor’s Care Team at Norwalk Hospital part of Nuvance Health.   Communities 4 Action awarded Nicole as Emerging Recovery Partner: Together We Are Stronger, 2019 Honoree, Norwalk Hospital, Recovery Coach Initiative.  Nicole sits on the following committees: The Norwalk Partnership, Peer Legislation Support Group (co-chair) and Courage to Speak Foundation’s Annual Youth to be Drug Free Night Planning.

Contact Nicole at: nhampton@ryasap.org 

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Megan Purvis

Intern

Megan recently joined The Hub as a social work intern.  She is currently studying at Western Connecticut State University and will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.  Megan previously studied early childhood education for several years and earned an Associate Degree in General Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College in 2019.  She has an extensive background working with children of all ages in a variety of different settings.  After her experience in this field helped her realize her interest in the social and emotional challenges many children face, she decided to change paths and pursue social work.  She has since become most passionate about empowering and promoting social justice for youth and families, especially those in marginalized communities, and plans to dedicate her career to doing such.  Other areas of her interest include mental health, criminal justice reform, substance use prevention, and social equality.  Megan has previously interned with the Human Services Council and Wilton Social Services and is eager to apply what she has learned thus far while gaining new knowledge and experiences throughout her time at The Hub. 

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Victoria O’Neill

Prevention Corps Member

Victoria O’Neill (she/her/hers) is a member of Prevention Corps who has been assigned to assist The Hub during her service term. Victoria is currently a senior Sociology major at Quinnipiac University and is looking to pursue a Masters in Social Work following her
graduation this spring.

 

Victoria comes to the Hub with previous background and hands-on experience with the homeless population through her time interning and working at Columbus House, a homeless shelter in New Haven. She is passionate about issues surrounding social justice as well as combating issues of stigmatization around vulnerable populations and looks forward to assisting the Hub.

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.