U.S. senator visits the Valley today for roundtable discussion

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy will visit the Valley on Friday afternoon to host a roundtable with mental health professionals, providers, clients and advocacy groups to discuss the importance of having Congress address mental health prevention, intervention and treatment.

During the event, Murphy will learn about the concerns and needs of the Naugatuck Valley mental health advocacy community, with the goal of bringing specific feedback back to Washington to support mental health efforts at a federal level.

The meeting will take place Friday, Jan. 30 at the BHcare office in Ansonia. BHcare provides Shelton and other Valley towns with psychiatric and substance abuse services for adults and children. It also offers domestic violence programs for many of the same communities.

Among those participating will be representatives of BHcare, TEAM Inc., and the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center, all of which serve Shelton.

Federal role in mental health services

The roundtable discussion is part of a series of meetings that Murphy has organized to discuss what the federal government should do to support individuals who face mental health challenges.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Murphy has led several initiatives to secure access to mental health services in Connecticut and across the nation. Murphy has introduced legislation to ensure that youths who spend time in the juvenile justice system receive the mental health care they need.

Roundtable participants

In addition to Murphy, those participating in the roundtable discussion are:

— Roberta Cook, president and CEO, BHCare

— Tony Corniello, vice president of clinical services, BHCare

— Susan Gallagher, advocate and parent of BHCare client

— David Morgan, president and CEO, TEAM Inc.

— Diane Stroman, vice president of development, TEAM Inc.

— Laura Mutrie, board member, TEAM Inc.

— Kristie Barber, executive director, state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ South Central Regional Mental Health Board

— Ryan Patrick Casey, executive director, ShineBright Mentoring

— Michael Wynne, CEO, Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center

— Veronica Parsloe, development director, Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center

— Adam Chambers, Advocacy Unlimited Inc.