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    • About BHcare

    • BHcare is a state-licensed, non-profit behavioral health care provider serving the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven, and Shoreline communities. For more than 30 years, BHcare – through its founding organizations, Birmingham Group Health Services and Harbor Health Services – has been providing hope and help for individuals, families and children affected by mental illness, domestic violence and substance abuse. On this site, you’ll find a wealth of information about our services, as well as our partnerships, volunteer opportunities, and giving programs. At BHcare, we believe an informed community is a healthier community. So, please take this opportunity to learn about BHcare and how we provide Hope, Health and Recovery to change lives for the better every day!

    • Our Mission

    • BHcare provides comprehensive behavioral health, prevention and domestic violence services that improve the lives and health of the individuals, families and communities we serve.

    • Our Vision

    • We will be a recognized leader and most valued partner in ensuring better health and wellness for the entire community.

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    • In the NEWS

    • Super Wash Laundry Donates

      Super Wash Laundry owner Chris Balestracci believes in giving back to the communities his business serves and today presented BHcare president/CEO Roberta Cook with $500 in laundry gift cards for BHcare clients.

      Super Wash Laundry is located at 606 Main Street in East Haven and boasts a clean, large and modern facility with 96 washers and dryers that are card operated. Super Wash is also a full service laundry and dry cleaner that offers drop off and self service, dry cleaning, and free commercial and residential pickup and delivery. Super Wash and its owner Chris have a long standing history of supporting community organizations like BHcare, and have been recognized for involvement with Columbus House Homeless Shelter, the East Haven Chamber of Commerce, and local dance, scholarship and community groups. Contact Super Wash Laundry: 203-466-6100.

    • Last Call!

    • There is still time to register for our Annual Meeting. Please join us on October 29 at Racebrook Country Club. Hear stories of transformation and success from our clients, recognize the New Haven Family Condors for years of outstanding support, be among the first to view our new public service announcement. RSVP safely online or call Arlene Greco for details (203) 736-2601 x1856.

    • Domestic Violence Vigil and Sound of Hope

      Our annual Candlelight Vigil and Sound of Hope events drew nearly 200 people who showed their support for victims and survivors of domestic violence, for service providers, and for first responders. Many thanks to City of Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Richard Blumenthal for their help and support.

    • VSAAC Honors Community Champions at A Piece of the Prevention Puzzle Workshop

      Nearly 100 people attended VSAAC’s A Piece of the Prevention Puzzle Workshop featuring Community Champion Awards on October 1 at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby.

      The workshop’s guest speakers included Scott Drsicoll on internet safety, Alicia Farrell on facts and fiction about marijuana and Dr. Kaminer on marijuana harmfulness to youth.

      Congratulations to our 2014 Community Champion Award recipients: Lt. Ken Cain, Carla Scinto, Sally Schwaller, Lt. Julie Johnson, Wayne Kowal, Officer Mike Barry, & Joni Nordstrom.

      VSAAC’s Community Champion Awards, created in 2006, are given to those in the community who take action and effect change in the field of substance abuse prevention and/or intervention activities. The awards help spotlight and applaud the work that is being done to help prevent substance abuse on the grassroots, community level – work that is absolutely critical to VSAAC’s efforts to keep our kids safe from alcohol, tobacco, drug use, suicide, risky behaviors, and promote good mental health in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and surrounding communities.

    • BHcare Holiday Gala on the Horizon

      BHcare is gearing up for its Annual Holiday Gala. This year’s event will take place on November 22 at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.

      • Live music by Higher and Higher
      • Silent and live auction items
      • Carving stations, passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar

      The Gala Committee is seeking sponsors and auction donations. Learn more about this fabulous event and purchase tickets.

    • Rosa DeLauro Press Conference

    • Recorded 9.12.14 at BHcare
    • DeLauro Highlights Resources Available To Domestic Violence Victims

      One Day before 20th Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act

      NEW HAVEN, CT—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) highlighted the resources available to domestic violence victims in a press conference on September 12 at at BHcare’s Ansonia offices. In addition to the reprehensible news this week about former Ravens player Ray Rice, Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

      More than three women die daily in America because of violence inflicted by their husbands or boyfriends. Domestic and sexual violence are the most under-reported crimes, but studies estimate one-third of women experience severe physical violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner and nearly 20 percent have been raped.

      Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act in February 2013, nearly after it had lapsed for nearly 500 days.


    • Trudy Higgins Appointed

      BHcare is proud to announce Trudy Higgins, vice president of Community Services, has been appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Community Service by Governor Dannel Malloy.

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    • BHcare Granted $510,025 in State Bond Funds

      The State Bond Commission unanimously approved bond funds for BHcare, a regional nonprofit serving the Shoreline, Greater New Haven and Lower Naugatuck Valley. BHcare received $310,025 for plumbing renovations and reconstruction of the kitchens and bathrooms in their supportive housing facility in Branford. BHcare also received $190,000 for the purchase of a facility in the greater New Haven area that will function as a domestic violence safe house. The State Bond Commission met Friday in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

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    • July E-Newsletter

    • Check out our July e-newsletter, “In the Know”. This month’s edition features a message from our President/CEO, an update on our Cupcake War, Opening Doors and much more. July In the Know

    • Shoreline Benefit Success

      Many thanks to everyone who supported and participated in our Shoreline Benefit Featuring Cupcake War 2014 on May 15. The event was a tremendous success and raised critical funds to support behavioral health, domestic violence and prevention services for the more than 14,000 individuals and families who come to BHcare each year seeking hope, health and recovery. Our fundraising total will be announced shortly, in the mean time, please take a moment to learn more about our sponsors and bakery participants and to peruse a photo album from the event:

      Sponsors & Cupcake War Contestants

      Shoreline Benefit Photo Album Courtesy of Fred Ortoli Photography

    • The Great Give 2014

    • Like Judy, there are thousands of women and their children who would be living in fear each and every day if not for the free and confidential services provided by BHcare’s The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS).

      Many thanks to everyone who is helping to make a difference in the lives of other domestic violence victims by participating in The Great Give 2014. Thanks to your generosity, more than $15,000 was raised to support The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services in just 36 hours! Thank you all!

    • Thank you B2B Supporters!

      Many thanks to everyone who supported our 26th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit on Saturday at AMF Lanes in Milford. More than 1200 people teamed up to bowl a strike against domestic violence and we couldn’t be more grateful. Fundraising totals will be announced soon so please stay tuned!

    • Winter 2013/2014 Newsletter

    • Our winter edition of Bright Horizons is available online and showcases all that you made possible over the last couple of months. Read more about a courageous struggle with identity and anxiety; the more than 300 families you helped through Under the Tree; and how VSAAC is helping to educate the public about medical marijuana and its effect on the community. Bright Horizons

    • My Sister’s Place Supports Victims of Shelton Fire

    • “It’s about people helping people.” That’s how Nancy Cahoon, manager of My Sister’s Place, a thrift store that supports domestic violence victims, describes a plan to assist those displaced after Monday’s massive blaze in Shelton. Read the full article in the New Haven Register

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    • Holiday Gala SUCCESS!

      Many thanks to everyone who came out to support BHcare at our Holiday Gala on Saturday, December 7. This year’s event was a fantastic success and we owe that to all of our dedicated supporters. Thank you so much for all that you do to support our clients, programs, services and our community.

      Learn more about our 2013 Gala Sponsors

    • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on Sequestration

    • Recorded 10.22.13 at BHcare
    • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace & Community

    • Ambiguities and unintended consequences regarding the dispensing and use of medical marijuana were in focus Friday at a Greater Valley Substance Abuse Action Council workshop. Read article in the New Haven Register

    • More than $10,000 Raised in 36 Hours!

    • BHcare would like to thank everyone who helped us raise more than $10,000 in 36 hours via The Great Give! Your generosity, dedication and support is incredible and we couldn’t be more grateful. Our Annual Appeal is ongoing, so if you missed the opportunity to participate during The Great Give, please be sure to check your mail for an envelope from BHcare, or donate safely online now via our website. Again, we thank you for your support, you are helping to light the way to hope, health and recovery for more than 14,000 individuals and families.

    • Roberta J. Cook is President/CEO

      BHcare is excited to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Roberta J. Cook as President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Cook has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit administration, and previously served as the organization’s CEO.

      BHcare was formed in 2012 in a merger that united the resources of Birmingham Group Health Services in Ansonia, and Harbor Health Services in Branford. Prior to the merger, Ms. Cook served as President/CEO of Harbor Health Services.
      As president/CEO of BHcare, Ms. Cook will oversee a budget of approximately $19M, a staff of nearly 300, and programs and services in 19 cities and towns throughout Greater New Haven, the Lower Naugatuck Valley and the Shoreline. Ms. Cook is a Certified Public Accountant, and has a true passion for helping individuals who are struggling with mental illness, addiction, or who are fleeing domestic violence.

      Of her new position Ms. Cook says, “I am excited to resume the role of President and CEO, and to continue to work in a dynamic environment that is committed to excellence, growth and successful recovery for our clients.”

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