Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery
Looking for the latest information on prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, health and wellness, and more? Wheeler's Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery offers comprehensive resources, programs and trainings for you and your family.
Statewide Library and Resource Center
The cornerstone of the Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery, Connecticut Clearinghouse is the state’s premier library and resource center for information on substance use and mental health disorders, prevention and health promotion, treatment and recovery, wellness and related topics. Connecticut Clearinghouse is funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
- Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative
- Coordinates all aspects of the state's higher education coalition, which is committed to creating and sustaining healthy campus and community environments throughout Connecticut
- Connecticut Tobacco Merchant and Community Education Initiative
- Administers a comprehensive Tobacco Merchant and Community Education Initiative to reduce youth access to tobacco.
Statewide Training Administration Services
The Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery coordinates an extensive array of behavioral health training programs for professionals within several State agencies, including:
- Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
- State Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division (CSSD)
- Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services – Performance Improvement Center Training (EMPS – PIC)
Community-based Training Programs
- Mental Health First Aid™ and Youth Mental Health First Aid™ Trainings
- Provides an eight-hour course that teaches community members to identify the signs of mental health challenges, how to provide initial help, and how to connect individuals developing a mental health challenge or in crisis with appropriate care. This national curriculum is part of Mental Health First Aid USA™.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid™ provides the same skills and information with specific attention paid to the interaction between common adolescent development and mental health challenges.
- Community Support for Transition-Aged Youth (CSTAY)
- Offers Mental Health First Aid™ training for professionals working with at-risk transition-aged youth, ages 18-24. Funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the program increases mental health literacy by teaching participants about the risk factors and warning signs for young adults either developing a mental health challenge or experiencing a mental health or substance. Trainings are provided at no cost by the Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery and Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) instructors.
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 years or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
- QPR Gatekeeper Training
- QPR stands for Questions, Persuade, and Refer – the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
Please contact the Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery at 800.232.4424 for additional information about any of these programs.