Village Expands Specialized Services, Fills Support Gap for Veterans

The Village for Families & Children, in collaboration with Capitol Region Mental Health Center and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and backed by a $3.6 million federal grant, has expanded specialized services to fill in the support gap for active-duty military and veterans, a population often underserved.

Recognized as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), The Village now provides veterans with access to 24/7 crisis mental health services, outpatient mental health and substance use services, primary care screening and monitoring, psychiatric rehabilitation services, and specialty care that specifically targets their unique needs.

Specially trained Village clinicians provide support for the unique challenges veterans face, including anxiety, depression, grief, loss, post-traumatic stress, substance use, adjustment issues, unemployment and more.

This specialized care is helping—during 2020 and in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, 70-percent of Village clients who received CCBHC services reported decreased depression from when they first entered to when they completed the program.

One veteran receiving services at The Village, Billy Carr, Sr., says, “With Vietnam, we came back with a problem. No way you go through all that and come back with the same mind. I get my medicine from The Village and it’s helped me a lot. My life seems to be normal now.”

The Village’s CCBHC services can accommodate both individual and group therapy for veterans and helps connect veterans to any other supports they might need. To reach out for support, veterans can contact The Village at (860) 236-4511 or a­t thevillage.org. Click here to hear from Village client and Vietnam veteran Billy Carr, Sr. in a short video.