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Newtown Center For Support And Wellness Presentation For The School Board

Published: September 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Interim Superintendent of Schools Lorrie Rodrigue introduced representatives of the Newtown Center for Support and Wellness (CSW) at the September 5 Board of Education meeting, explaining they were there to continue sharing information about the center with the community.

CSW Director Jennifer Crane, MS, MFT, and CSW Advisory Board member Brian Mauriello both spoke at the meeting. Ms Crane oversaw the presentation.

"We're here today because we are trying to do some outreach to make sure people know who we are and what we are doing," she said, before sharing information about CSW's service, staff, and mission.

"We are the brick [building] right when you pull into the Fairfield Hills Camps," Ms Crane said.

Saying that CSW's biggest service at the moment is its referral service, Ms Crane said, "You can call or you can come in and we will sit down with you and do, sort of, a mini assessment."

CSW's staff will ask questions like what insurance people have, their availability, and what service they are looking for. The staff will then work to give a referral to the client within 24 hours, according to the presentation.

"Our mission is to be the single point of contact for mental health and wellness resources in Newtown," said Ms Crane. "This is the mission that we created when we started in March 2016... And right now we are starting to look at whether there are gaps in the town that are missing, things that we want to fill."

CSW, Ms Crane explained, is working to reach out to groups in the community to gather a sense of the community's needs.

According to the presentation, CSW staff spend time with providers to enhance its database of more than 200 providers to better connect clients with providers. Ms Crane said CSW already works closely with Newtown Social Services and is working with other groups in town.

"We are a really friendly and nonjudgmental staff," she said, adding that staffers will work with clients to make them feel comfortable and help figure out insurance issues.

So far, CSW has made more than 390 referrals to providers. Ms Crane said CSW wants to be able to provide the wellness resources and be able to respond to any new needs that develop in Newtown.

Ms Crane also said students and families can go on its website, newtowncsw.org, for more information.

"We're here for everybody for all reasons... anybody, for any reason," said Ms Crane. "Our long-term support and investment in the town will continue to have a place for these resources. That's what we are looking for."

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2