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CRT Awarded Grant to Address Opioid Addiction

HARTFORD — Of the five major cities in Connecticut, Hartford has the highest rate of Opioid-related deaths.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services agency awarded a three-year federal grant to Community Renewal Team to help those addicted to Opioid.

The $1.6 million grant will help expand access to CRT’s Behavioral Health Services to provide medication assisted treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.

The grant will serve individuals in Greater Hartford and will prioritize recently released offenders, said CRT’s Vice President of Clinical Support Services Heidi Lubetkin.

The overall goals include increasing the number of individuals receiving integrated care and decreasing the number of Opioid use at a six-month follow-up care.

CRT will be working with the University of Connecticut to evaluate the program and follow-up with clients.

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CRT to Offer Free Summer Meals for Kids

HARTFORD — The Community Renewal Team will once again offer free breakfast and lunch to children in Hartford and Middlesex counties.

This important program provides this free service to students during the critical summer months when school is not in session.

“When school is out for the summer, children really need access to healthy, tasty breakfasts and lunches to supplement their daily nutritional needs,” said Gariann Chiarella, Director of Nutrition for CRT. “We are proud to once again be a part of this vital program that helps to prevent childhood hunger here in Central Connecticut. CRT has been a part of this annual program for over the past 20 years.”

More than 1,300 breakfasts per day will be served, and more than 1,900 lunches per day will be served.

CRT’s Summer Food Service Program will be offered in the following cities and towns: East Hartford, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hartford, Middletown, Portland, and Windsor Locks.

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V.A Selects CRT to Design Senior Housing

ROCKY HILL — The nation’s first assisted living resident for low-and moderate income veterans and their spouses will be in Connecticut.

That’s because the . The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs chose the Community Renewal Team to design, build and operate the senior project on the VA
Healthcare Campus in Newington,

Harry “Butch” Hansen, Commander of the American Legion Department of Connecticut, will lead the initiative to secure  innovative and affordable assisted living residence for Veterans as his ‘Commander’s Project’ for the 2014-15 program year. Research shows that the number of military Veterans needing assisted living services and senior care options will continue to grow, as the overall population ages.
“What an opportunity this is to show everyone in the state that The American Legion Family is truly behind our Veterans and what we can accomplish as a group when we all come together for one common goal,”

Hansen said in a letter he forwarded to all of the American Legion Regional Officers in Connecticut.
One of the four pillars of The American Legion is Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, providing services and support to Veterans who need assistance, he said. There are approximately 27,000 members of the American Legion, the Auxiliary and the Sons of American Legion in the state.

“This is a way for all of us to give back to our brothers or sisters who need help,” he said.

Veterans Landing will be the first residence in the country that is specifically for older Veterans who cannot afford market-rate assisted living – typically up to $8,000 per month. It is modeled after The Retreat, CRT’s very successful affordable assisted living in Hartford, which was built almost a decade ago
as part of a demonstration pilot.
Veterans Landing will include 103 handicapped-accessible apartments with kitchenettes and emergency call systems. In addition there will be activity rooms (including a library, gym and computer lab); a convenience store; on-site medical care and physical therapy; restaurant-quality dining; and transportation for off-campus medical appointments, shopping and field trips.
Community Renewal Team’s President and CEO, Lena Rodriguez, says that her agency is delighted to be working with the American Legion.

“We are appreciative of the public spirit of our partners at the American Legion,” she said. “With the help of Legion members across the state, we will be able to raise
awareness of the needs of our aging Veterans.”
Assisted living is a health care option for seniors who need some help with activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing, or walking) but who also want to live in an environment that emphasizes independence, dignity, and privacy.


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