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.
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
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
Center for Medicare Advocacy - 1-800-262-4414
Qualidigm, Quality of Care issues for Medicare - 1-800-553-7590 Website
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Devon Pleau, MS, LADC (Drug and Alcohol Specialist) - email
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
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
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
Newington, Connecticut 06111
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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