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For Immediate Release: March 17, 2014, 4:00pm
Joint Statement to the Members of CT Nonprofits and CCPA by the Board Chairpersons
Over the last week we experienced a bump in the road we’ve been traveling toward a potential merger. The challenge was related to a collaborative public policy process.
While we regret the occurrence and the distraction it caused, we believe our relationship is and will continue to be based on strong, mutual trust and respect. At the same time we understand there are differing views on how to best meet the commitment to those we serve.
We are committed to establishing a process that will move us forward to a renewed focus on the shared vision of a union that will establish a stronger voice for the non-profit community as well as the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Connecticut residents we serve together. Our goal remains a combined entity that will bring great value to its members, shape public policy and help build the capacity of Connecticut’s non-profit organizations.
By all means, please feel free to contact us via email or telephone if you wish to speak further about the matter. We will shortly release FAQ’s about the merger process to provide greater detail to all interested parties as great progress has been achieved. Many thanks for your trust, faith and confidence!
Maureen Price-Boreland Gary M. Steck
Chair, Board of Directors Chair, Board of Directors
Connecticut Association of Non-profits Connecticut Community Providers Association
(860) 566-2030 (203) 574-9000 x 1102
For Immediate Release
January 28, 2014
Contact: Patty McQueen, (860) 985-3533
Statement of Connecticut Community Providers Association President & CEO Morna Murray on Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds Public Advocacy on Mental Health Services:
“On behalf of community providers of behavioral health services in Connecticut, and the thousands of individuals and families who struggle with mental health challenges every day, we thank Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds for having the courage and strength to share the tragic story of his son’s suicide.
“Sadly, the failure of the mental health and healthcare systems to provide the Deeds family with the services they needed in a time of crisis is not the first, and it will not be the last. A similar tragedy occurred here in Deep River just last month, and the Sandy Hook Commission continues its efforts to analyze the December 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy to identify prevention and intervention measures that are possible and needed.
“Across the country, and here in Connecticut as well, we dismantled our mental health institutions decades ago, but we have never properly replaced them with a fully-funded system of community-based residential and out-patient services.
“Senator Deeds is right in saying that some good must come from his heartbreaking story, and we applaud and support his advocacy. This is our opportunity to truly look at how we are funding and providing services, particularly at the community level where people live and work, and find ways to do it better.
“The Connecticut Community Providers Association looks forward to working with the Malloy Administration and the legislature to make Connecticut a model for the country in most effectively addressing mental health issues for all individuals.”
All press inquiries should be directed to Morna Murray, President/CEO, CCPA. Please call the CCPA office: (860) 257-7909.
The Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) represents organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities including people with addictions, mental illness, developmental, and physical disabilities. CCPA operates three divisions, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and children's mental health & substance abuse, and is the lead advocate for rehabilitation and behavioral health service providers, supporting services for people with disabilities at the state legislature and with state agencies.