Family Resources & Outreach

Prevention & Wellness

Rushford provides prevention and wellness services that are focused on positive youth development.

Community Programs

Attend an addiction meeting, support group, and other community program.

Underage Drinking Task Forces: Middletown & Meriden/Wallingford

In 2006, Rushford received two grants from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to organize Underage Drinking Task Forces in the Middletown and Meriden/Wallingford communities. These task forces will be led by Sheryl Sprague, Rushford Prevention Manager, who previously served as the prevention coordinator for the Town of Glastonbury. Sprague is working with community leaders in both areas to build effective collaborations that address the causal factors of underage drinking and to develop environmental strategies aimed at educating parents, caregivers and youth on the risks and consequences of underage drinking.

Mother & Daughter Evenings Out

Rushford provides monthly Mother-Daughter Evenings Out in Glastonbury, Meriden and Wallingford. The program is designed to help mothers and their middle school daughters develop positive bonds and enhance communication during the critical time of adolescence. The free program includes dinner and activities and is held at the Riverfront Community Center in Glastonbury and at various sites in Meriden and Wallingford. Mother-Daughter Evenings Out is sponsored in Glastonbury by the Ensworth Foundation and by the United Way in Meriden and Wallingford. For more information, call 203.630.5357.

Family Nurturing Program

The Family Nurturing Program is a 16-week educational and support program for parents and their children (ages 3 to 11) held in collaboration with the Middletown Board of Education’s Family Resource Center at Farmhill School. The parent portion includes an opportunity to share experiences and effective parenting skills. The children’s portion provides a safe and trusting environment where children can express feelings and engage in activities that promote family unity, self-esteem and other life skills. The program is held in collaboration with the Children's Trust Fund. For more information, call 203.630.5357.

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) provides education, support, referral services, and treatment to persons or families dealing with a major mental illness.

The FRC is a service for families and friends dealing with severe and persistent mental health problems.

The FRC is the hub of the Institute of Living. It is the incubator for successful program development, professional and staff growth and an advocate with community resources/affiliates.

Presentations & Speakers

Skilled prevention staff provide interactive educational and motivational presentations on topics such as building resiliency, conflict resolution, self-esteem and awareness, and other prevention issues. Presentations can be tailored for a specific audience. For more information, call 203.630.5357.

Prevention Training

Prevention staff present workshops that focus on innovative approaches to prevention. Schools, community agencies, businesses and professional groups participate in this training. Training is tailored to the needs of the groups seeking service. Some of these include training teachers in drug prevention curriculum, building understanding of the alcoholic family and the physiological effects of drugs and alcohol. For more information, call 203.630.5357.

Behavioral Health Network


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Natchaug Hospital is the key provider of a regional system of care for children, adolescents and adults who are living with mental illness and substance abuse problems.

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At Rushford, the challenges of addiction and mental health issues are met by the passion of specialists who treat every client with care, compassion and respect — throughout their time with us, and even after.

Acute Care Locations:

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The Hospital of Central Connecticut

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (THOCC) is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet, acute-care community teaching hospital with campuses in New Britain and Southington.

Behavioral Health Network