if you are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to pay for services please contact us.

We do not receive any donations or other financial incentives for directing people to these services.  These professionals have been selected because they are effective to the cause of wellness for first responders and veterans.  If you need a referral or have questions please let us know.

Important Connecticut Resources

Note: This specific set of resources has no affiliation with USPC; the information provided is for general use and may be helpful. Always contact us if you have questions.

Addiction services

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) - 1-800-446-7348 Website

Southeastern Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (New London) - 860-447-1717 Website

Southeastern Mental Health Authority (Norwich) - 860-859-4500 Website


AIDS Project (Hartford) - 860-951-4833 Hotline: 860-247-2437 Website

AIDS Legal Network (ALN) of Connecticut - 860-541-5027 Website

Connecticut AIDS Drug Assistance Program - 1-800-233-2503 Website

children, youth, and family

Care4Kids (Childcare) - 1-888-214-5437 Website

Office of the Child Advocate - 1-800-994-0939 Website

HUSKY (Healthcare insurance for the uninsured) - 1-877-284-8759 Website


Brain Injury Association of Connecticut - 1-800-278-8242 Website

Connecticut Association of Children with Learning Disabilities (CACLD) - 203-838-5010 Website

domestic violence

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 860-524-5890 Hotline: 1-888-774-2900 Website

Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services - 1-888-999-8332 Website

Hartford Hospital Lifesaver Project - 860-545-2796

Connecticut Department of Social Service, Protective Services - 1-888-385-4225

insurance related

Center for Medicare Advocacy - 1-800-262-4414

Qualidigm, Quality of Care issues for Medicare - 1-800-553-7590 Website

Mental health

Connecticut Alliance for the Mentally Ill (CAMI) - 1-800-215-3021 Website

Office of Protection and Advocacy - 1-800-842-7303 Website

Mental Health Association of Connecticut - 1-800-842-1501 Website

United Services (various locations) Website

Specialty Programs and Wellness

Brattleboro retreat

The Brattleboro Retreat offers something unique.  Their Uniformed Services Program is a partial-hospital program dedicated to mental health and addiction care of those who serve their communities.  USP is a partial-hospital program located in Vermont that runs year-round and takes admissions on a daily basis.  They offer mindfulness and mindful movement based therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with an individualized plan for success. You will be set up with an individual case worker and the program has a dedicated Psychiatrist.  The campus also offers in-patient services including detox which is separate from the program if needed.

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Livengrin first responders program

Located in Bensalem, PA, Livengrin offers a program specifically for first responders called FRAT (First Responders Addiction Treatment).  Services include inpatient and detox services.  Admissions are available 24/7 and they can be contacted online.


safe call now

A 24/7 help line staffed by first responders who can assist with treatment options for those suffering with mental health or addiction.

Phone: 1-206-459-3020


share the load

Also known as the Fire/EMS help line.  This program is run by the National Volunteer Fire Council and they offer resources for those looking for assistance.

Phone: 1-888-731-3473


A confidential help line for members of the law enforcement community.

Phone: 1-800-267-5463   Website

Disaster response network (drn)

DRN is a national framework of approximately 2,500 volunteer Phychologists with training in disaster response who offer volunteer assistance to relief workers, survivors, and victim's of families after man-made or natural disasters.


disaster technical assistance center (dtac)

DTAC helps prepare states, territories, tribes, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance misuse response to disasters.


Fitness and Healthy Habit Programs

ems health habits

This resource has information on healthy eating and also provides some statistics in order to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle.  It is specifically geared toward EMS, however the principals they teach can be used across the public service sector.

Website - Facebook

Chiropractic Center of Norwich

Problems related to back and neck pain are quite common among us.  Seeking Chiropractic care may be an answer for you.  The key to choosing the correct Chiropractor is finding one who engages in evidence-based practice and proper assessment.  Dr. Paul Sayour and Dr. Lynn Carnaroli have many years of experience treating first responders and veterans.  They take care of quite a few of us already.  Their office offers flexible schedule and payment options and accept a majority of insurance plans.  They also offer a variety of other treatments for pain related issues.

85 Sachem Street - Norwich, CT

Phone: 860-889-5812


mindful responder - yoga for first responders

Meeting on Wednesday nights in Milford, CT, this program is provided free of charge for first responders and funded through a grant.  It is hosted at the Madison Firehouse.  A typical session is 45 minutes of mindful movement/yoga and 45 minutes of group time.

Facebook - Website - Email

Rebecca Newman, lmt

Rebecca is a first responder in Eastern Connecticut doing massage therapy for first responders and veterans.  Her rates are very reasonable and she is willing to travel.

Phone: 860-705-6568 Facebook


Therapists, Counseling, and Outpatient 

New beginnings behavioral health

Located in Norwich, CT.  We have three providers that work with us; they have also been kind enough to dedicate space for Peer Council meetings.  They have experience and training with trauma, addiction, and various mental health areas including crisis.

Linda Stephens, MSW, LCSW - email

Cara Bartlett, MSW, LCSW - Her full profile is available here - email

Devon Pleau, MS, LADC (Drug and Alcohol Specialist) - email

Phone: 860-383-2507

dr. susan balaban, ph.d

Dr. Balaban has spent her professional career working with first responders and veterans.  She was the clinical director for the Uniformed Services Program a the Brattleboro Retreat and has now moved to private practice.  She provides evidence-based care for a variety of issues and is located in Massachusetts. Her professional profile can be viewed here.

40 Center Street
Suite 8
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
(413) 566-7414

the sacred self,llc

Charleen Miele is special resource for Law Enforcement Officers as well as general counseling needs located in Newington, CT.  Charleen has many years of experience and is an excellent resource.

171 Market Square
Suite 102
Newington, Connecticut 06111
(860) 352-5267


Colleen devine, lmft

Specializing in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), she practices in strength-based therapy with a speciality in trauma work.  She also does work with couples. Her professional profile can be found here.

758 Broad Street Ext. - Waterford, CT 06385

Phone: 860-442-6218 ext. 14

waterview wellness center

Sean McCauley, LMFT is an active participant in our Peer Council meetings and is ready to serve the needs of the uniformed services community.  The office is located in Portland, CT

553 Portland-Cobalt Road - Portland - CT - 06480

Phone: 860-334-6135 - email

Honor wellness center

Phyllis digoia

Phyllis Pavlik is a private practice counselor specializing with first responders and their families. She is also the Founder and Director of the Honor Wellness Center, an outpatient mental health, addictions and trauma treatment center for first responders and their families.

Phyllis has been a Social Worker for 25 years and earned her licensure to practice Clinical Social Work in the state of Connecticut in 2005. She has specialized in first responder case management and clinical mental health, addictions and trauma treatment for 15 years.

Phyllis is a certified POST instructor and earned her CISM certification in 2003. Phyllis is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional and has served as the Contract Manager for the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Employee Assistance Program contract since 2010.

She participated in all support efforts to the first responders of multiple municipal and state police debriefings including working with all first responders and teachers on the day of, months and years following the Sandy Hook, CT shootings. Phyllis currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement.

Website - Email

Center for Compassionate Recovery

CCR was started by several Physicians with a background in emergency care with the aim to provide compassionate and effective treatment for those struggling with opiate addiction.  They provide prescription programs, counseling, and advocacy with a subject that is often difficult to approach.


17 Wall Street
Madison, CT

(203) 245-0412 - Website - Facebook

Veteran Oriented Resources

New england veterans alliance

NEVA is a resource for veterans seeking alternative treatment and advocacy.  Managed by veterans, they have resources not found in other places.

Phone: 508-603-NEVA - FaceBook - Email

norwich vet center

A local resource for veterans located in Norwich, CT.  They are able to assist veterans in gaining and utilizing VA benefits and resources.


Veterans crisis line

A crisis line specifically oriented for veterans of the US Armed Services

Phone: 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255

starlight program - stonington institute

The Starlight Program is specifically geared toward combat veterans and helping them deal with trauma and substance abuse.  Separate programs for men and women.


friends of ward 8

The Friends of Ward 8 is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting combat veterans undergoing treatment for PTSD at the Northampton VA Medical Center in Leeds, Massachusetts.  Ward 8 is a six-week, inpatient treatment program designed to educate combat veterans and give them the skills to cope with the psychological, biological, and social realities of living with PTSD.  This program is run by graduates of the Ward 8 program


guardian overwatch

A nonprofit agency with special resources for our veterans.  They are a nation-wide initiative with state chapters and they can assist you with financial needs or whatever else you require.


Sleep Medicine

Pulmonary physicians of norwich

Dr. Priya Bakaya, MD, is a board certified Pulmonologist and Sleep Specialist.  If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, staying asleep, or issues feeling awake you should make an appointment with her or another provider at the office.  There is also a sleep lab in the same building for convenience.

Located in the Medical Office Building of Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT

330 Washington Street, Norwich, CT 06360

Phone: 860-886-1862 - Website

Psychiatric Services

norwich psychiatric center

Eileen Moore, APRN, is a medication prescriber who is familiar with helping first responders and veterans manage their medication.  You can also ask to be paired with a therapist at the office if you do not already have one.  There are multiple providers working out of this center so you can find someone who suits your needs.

108 New London Turnpike - Norwich - CT

Phone: 860-889-3052