Initial Support Needs and Funding
In 2013 the Town of Newtown established a team of professionals, funded by a Department of Justice grant awarded to the Town, to work in partnership with local recovery providers and community organizations and town employees in response to those who are impacted by the Sandy Hook Tragedy on December 14. 2012. The grant, with a 3 month extension came to an end March 31, 2016.
Expansion to the Community
The Town recognizes the need for continued support of the community related to aftermath of December 14, 2012 in addition to supporting all other unrelated mental health and wellness needs. With this in mind, a new center was formed called the Newtown Center for Support and Wellness. The goal of the Center for Support and Wellness is to be the one point of entry for mental health and wellness resources. Our doors are open to anyone for any reason.
In March 2016 a Director and Care Navigator where appointed as the first staff members and worked with community members to create the mission for the Center for Support and Wellness. In August and September of 2016 the victims families navigator and survivors care navigator were appointment to ensure dedicated staff to those impacted by the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Both of those positions are funded through a grant by the Victims of Crime ACT (VOCA). The center now can be purposeful to include the needs of those most impacted by 12/14 as well as the larger community; related to or unrelated to the tragedy. Both the Director and Community Care Navigator work closely with social services, Newtown Police, Newtown Public schools to help support individuals and families in the community.
Although the CSW was created for the entire community, we know that the existence of the Center came to be because of the tragic event that took 26 lives. We continue to keep the victims of 12/14 and their families in our thoughts and prayers. We will always be available for them should they need anything and hope that our efforts today will create sustainable resources for the families in the future.