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Thank you for your interest in The Child and Family Guidance Center. Protecting our clients’ privacy is at the heart of all our communications guidelines. For media inquiries, please contact Hannah Albee, Director of Development and Communications at or by calling (203)394-6529 x3069. We urge you to also familiarize yourself with our Programs and About sections before making your inquiry. We look forward to discussing our story with you.


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is OCTOBER 10th

This year’s theme is:


Here’s what you can do to make a life-changing difference for our young clients between today and October 10th:

1. Found out more about this campaign to raise awareness mental health, and much needed funds, here:

2. Commit to any or all of the suggested awareness-raising activities. When  you set up your fundraising page, you will see pre-filled awareness raising suggestions. Please feel free to  personalize and modify in a way that is most meaningful to you. 


3. From today until October 10th, share your efforts on social media with the hashtags #WorldMentalHealthDay and #YouthMentalHealth.  After following us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, tag The Child and Family Guidance Center in your posts and we will share them with all of our followers to boost your efforts. 

4. Your awareness campaign can also be a catalyst to raise much needed funds for our programs. We are targeting $1010 by 10/10 and every little bit helps. So, let people know what you are doing to raise awareness, and ask them to support your effort to help the most vulnerable young people in our communities.

For Immediate Release
The Child and Family Guidance Center Adds SMART Recovery to Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Agency receives $10,000 grant from Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth

Bridgeport, CT., September 27, 2018 – The Child and Family Guidance Center is adding SMART Recovery to its Turning Point Regional Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (TPRASA) in an ongoing effort to counter rising substance abuse rates in teens. The agency was awarded the $10,000 Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth initiative grant in September, and is part of a network of recipients initiating the program this Fall.

“SMART Recovery is a natural fit in our Turning Point program, and now teens will have the funding for the kinds of group activities that support treatment progress and goals,” says Michael Patota, CEO/President of The Child and Family Guidance Center. TPRASA Director Donna Fletcher, LPC, LADC is thrilled to have the substance abuse program she has built since 2013 boosted this way. “I’m really excited for the kids and families to have these opportunities to meet regularly and participate in concrete, evidence based community  activities that will strengthen their recovery,” she says. “The SMART Recovery approach and curriculum focuses on strengths and pro-social skills building.  In addition, youth learn how to better cope with stress by regulating their emotions and thoughts.  Support for family members is also available through SMART Recovery.”

SMART RECOVERY uses a cognitive/behavioral methodology that emphasizes 4 areas of awareness and change:

(1) Enhancing motivation;

(2) Refusing to act on urges to use;

(3) Managing life’s problems in a sensible and effective way without substances; and

(4) Developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle.

The Turning Point Regional Adolescent Substance Abuse Program helps approximately 48 teens a year. information about the program is in this recent newsletter here:

About The Child and Family Guidance Center:

Since 1925, The Child and Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 15 programs are structured around three pillars of service: Child and Youth Counseling Services, Youth in Crisis, and Family Support Services.  The mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to provide culturally informed mental health services and complementary supports to children, teenagers, and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. In Fiscal Year 2018, the center served more than 4,000 children and families, over 85% of whom were low income, and over 80% have experienced trauma. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life.  For more information, visit


Peoples Securities delivers a great start to the school year
Thanks to Peoples Securities for their annual Back to School BackPack Drive

Once again, a generous team of volunteers from Peoples Securities funded and organized a backpack drive for children in need at The Child and Family Guidance Center. In early August, clinicians made their requests for families on their caseload who are having profound challenges making ends meet. In total 28 backpacks were purchased, filled with school-required supplies and delivered before the start of school. Children from pre-k through high school could then start their first day back prepared, and carrying new, sturdy, great looking backpacks they could feel good about.

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