Members of the Bike Club, a 2015 Mini Grants Project

For the last 17 years, Mini Grants have made possible thousands of recovery efforts, learning opportunities, and friendships. Research shows that peer recovery programs, such as our Regional Consumer Advisory Council (RCAC), helps people gain the skills to health and sustain recovery. RCAC members are individuals with a life-altering lived experience of mental health or addiction challenges who have made a commitment to recovery and who want to use what they learned to assist others with similar challenges. RCAC members coach other people with mental health and addiction challenges to develop Mini Grant proposals and execute projects. This process is transformative and restorative for people who have few opportunities to regain their confidence.

Last year, we funded 19 Mini Grants projects, directly engaging over 80 people and impacting a few hundred folks all over our region! These funds enabled people in recovery to develop projects ranging from a bike club to a self-esteem group. However, due to the budget cuts this year, we must find other sources of funding to continue to run our Mini Grants at full capacity.

We need you to donate money to help bring back Mini Grants. Please make a tax-deductible donation today so more people in recovery can work towards wellness via transformative projects next year. Your donation will help people move towards hope and a life of their own choosing.

Our Mission

The North Central Regional Mental Health Board (NCRMHB) is one of five regional mental health boards established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1974 to study local needs, evaluate state funded mental health programs and make recommendations to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), local providers, and government officials for improved and/or expanded services. NCRMHB seeks to involve consumers of behavioral health services (local citizens living with mental health or substance use disorders, family members, and others who know and care about them) in its review, evaluation, and advocacy activities.

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