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New Britain Recovers: Success of City’s Rapid Referral Network Signifies Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2021

New Britain Recovers: Success of City’s Rapid Referral Network Signifies Need

New Britain, CT – Mayor Erin E. Stewart announced today that the City of New Britain’s Rapid Referral Network, a program of New Britain Recovers, successfully enrolled 71 patients into the Recovery Partner Portal within the first month of the network officially going live. This high number of patients speaks to the effectiveness of the Rapid Referral Network, while also signifying the need for this type of holistic initiative in New Britain.

“The high level of activity our Rapid Referral Network has seen during its first month of operation not only proves this type of initiative is working, but also how badly it is needed here in the City” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “The partners within this network are able to work together to provide residents struggling with substance abuse disorder the help they need efficiently and effectively.”

The City of New Britain’s Rapid Referral Network is a partnership between the New Britain EMS Department, the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc., the Root Center for Advanced Recovery, the Community Health Center and the Farrell Treatment Center. The partnership between these organizations and the City is made possible through the Overdose Data to Action grant process and the entire operation officially went live on February 1, 2021. The network is able to utilize a shared data system in order to identify victims of substance use disorder to better help guide them into a recovery and support program.

“This unique network of community partners provides crucial support and services to those struggling with addiction who are in moments of crisis,” said Mallory Deprey, Director of Community Services for the City of New Britain. “This approach helps us ensure resident needs are met, gaps in services are filled, and crucial support systems are in place.”

The Rapid Referral Network is a critical element of New Britain Recovers, a social services initiative that was recently relaunched by the City aimed at addressing homelessness, addiction, and strengthening youth prevention efforts. The City’s Opioid Task Force, Homelessness plan, and Local Prevention Council are now together under the New Britain Recovers umbrella to form an all-encompassing social services initiative that is best equipped to assist vulnerable populations and support City youth in a more efficient way. Visit www.nbrecovers.org for more information.

Media Contact:
Rachel Zaniewski
Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Mayor Erin E. Stewart (860) 826-3302
rachel.zaniewski@newbritainct.gov

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