Resources - DMHAS Acquired Brain Injury Services
An Integration of Community Services for Consumers with Brain Injury.

 ( DMHAS BRAIN INJURY PROGRAM )

Find information and services

DMHAS - Acquired Brain Injury Program may include the following services:

  • Consultation Services

  • ABI Substance Abuse Services

  • Community Residence and Transition Services

  • Housing and Living Subsidies

  • Case Management Services

  • Advocacy Supports

  • Training and Education

DMHAS - MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the ABI Community Services is to facilitate PERSON-CENTERED RECOVERY and encourage personal empowerment for persons living with acquired brain injury and mental illness.

 

DMHAS - GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Personal Dignity

  • Individual Choice

  • Power through Knowledge

  • Community Inclusion

 

DMHAS - ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR ABI SERVICES

  • Accepted For DMHAS services and currently receiving qualifying services

  • Has a qualifying Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) as determined through appropriate documentation

  • Does not have a primary diagnosis of a degenerative cognitive disorder

  • The dysfunction of the central nervous system is not congenital, developmental or degenerative 

  • The services are accepted voluntarily

 

DMHAS - ABI COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM

 

CONSULTATION AND DIVERSION PROGRAM

The regional Community Integration Specialists (CIS) provide services to persons with brain injury through the LMHA network.  The CIS is responsible for processing all referrals to the ABI Community Services Program within the designated services area; serving as a link for clients to in-patient services; arranging for clinical consultations; assisting in the development of treatment plans; serving as liaison to private/public services within the appropriate community; providing monitoring of services for DMHAS ABI clients; and providing support to consumers, family members and conservators.  The CIS receives continuous training regarding brain injury services available within the particular geographic region.  The CIS coordinates with other programs within DMHAS and with other Departments within the State/local services constellation that can provide services, funds, etc., to the person with brain injury.

 

CLIENT POPULATION

The DMHAS ABI Community Integration Specialist serves clients who are 18 years of age or older, are receiving services through DMHAS and have a qualifying ABI as determined through appropriate documentation.

 

CERTIFIED BRAIN INJURY SPECIALISTS


The ABI Services has Community Integration Specialists (CIS) stationed across the DMHAS Local Mental Health Network.  The Community Integration Specialist holds a Master of Social Work Degree and Certification as a Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).  The CIS is the primary staff/point of contact regarding qualification for services as well as issues pertaining to individuals who have an Acquired Brain Injury.

The Community Integration Specialist has the training and knowledge necessary to provide quality, efficient and effective service.  This is accomplished through clinical supervision with the ABI Community Services Clinical Supervisor, monthly CIS leadership meetings, and on-going training specific to Acquired Brain Injury treatment and rehabilitation.

PROGRAM SERVICES

  • Consultation Services

  • ABI Substance Abuse Services 

  • Training and Education

  • Advocacy Supports

 

DMHAS - PROGRAM STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION

Erin Leavitt-Smith , MA, LPC, Clinical Director,
1-860-262-6966erin.leavitt-smith@ct.gov 

Terry Holley , Administrative Assistant,
1-860-262-6725Terry.Holley@ct.gov

Keith Arnold , LCSW, CBIST, Supervising Clinician, Budget and Education and Training Program,

1-860-262-6767Keith.Arnold@ct.gov

Dorine Brogan , LCSW, CBIS, Supervising Clinician, Referrals and Intakes, Consultation and Diversion Program, ABI Substance Abuse Program, ABI Vocational Program,
1-860-262-6728Dorine.Brogan@ct.gov

Diane Whipple , R.N. CBIS, Supervising Clinician, Community Residence Program,
1-860-262-6737Diane.Whipple@ct.gov 

 

DMHAS - COMMUNITY INTEGRATION SPECIALISTS:

Lower Fairfield County
Latora Hall , LMSW, CBIS,

1-203-388-1584latora.hall@ct.gov 

 

Upper Fairfield Area
Sue Petrik , LCSW, CBIS,

1-203-551-7035susan.petrik@ct.gov

 

Greater New Haven/Middletown/Meriden
Elizabeth Van Leer , LCSW, CBIS,

1-203-974-7260elizabeth.vanleer@ct.gov

 

Greater Middletown/Meriden Area

Brooke Corbett , LCSW, CBIS,

1-860-262-5578brooke.corbett@ct.gov

 

Southeastern CT
William McEwen , LMSW, CBIS,

1-860-859-4694william.mcewen@ct.gov 

 

Northeastern CT
Rachel Epstein , LMSW,

1-860-456-2261 ext. 3639 Rachel.epstein@ct.gov

 

Greater Hartford Area/West of the River
Agnes Black , LCSW, CBIS,

1-860-293-6302agnes.black@ct.gov  

 

Greater Hartford Area/East of the River

Erin Egan , LMSW, MPH,

1-860-262-6973erin.egan@ct.gov 

 

Western CT Greater/Danbury/Waterbury Area
Sarah Carlson-Allwood , LCSW,

1-203-805-6425sarah.carlson-allwood@ct.gov

 

Western CT Greater Torrington Area

Rita Brzozowski , LCSW,

1-860-496-3792rita.brzozowski@ct.gov