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Regional Mental Health Board

Phone 860-262-5027 Fax 860-262-5028
email: southcentral@rmhb2.org
Address: P.O. Box 351
Middletown, CT 06457

The Regional Mental Health Board plans, reviews, evaluates and improves mental health services in the thirty-six towns and cities of South Central Connecticut. The Region II Board and its Catchment Area Councils were created by Connecticut general statutes in 1976 to assure that each town was afforded a citizen voice in advising the Commissioner of Mental Health in policy setting and funding, as well as the determination and maintenance of appropriate mental health services at the local level. Connecticut's 169 cities and towns are grouped into 23 catchment areas. Durham is in Catchment Area #10. A catchment area is determined by the number of people living in the area, not by the number of cities and towns it includes. Each catchment area has between 75,000 – 200,000 people. Judy Hurlbert, Durham's representative, is actively involved in efforts to achieve quality regional mental health care.

Responsibilities of the Regional Mental Health Board and Catchment Area Councils

  • Assessment of mental health needs
  • Review of proposed mental health services
  • Evaluation of existing mental health services
  • Establishment of regional service priorities
  • Recommendations for the distribution of state and federal funds to the communities to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Other important aspects of Board activities include public education, advocacy, monitoring budget decisions, planning, leadership training and fostering recovery