Vernon tackles mental health issues with new program

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VERNON, Conn. (WFSB) – Vernon hosts free mental health services for its community.

Vernon officials say they are using some of the U.S. bailout money to meet mental health needs brought on by the pandemic.

The city has approved a partnership with two local organizations to provide free counseling to adults and children in Vernon.

Vernon has partnered with the Hockanum Valley Community Council to provide a local adult counselor.

The city will work with KidSafe-CT to hire a specialist to work with children.

“We have contacted them and they have a backup list. Basically, they were telling us that they would get old before seeing a counsellor. So we decided to use more funds and offer a second tip specifically for children and families, says Vernon Mayor Dan Champagne.

The Biden administration sent over $8 million from the US bailout. Approximately $150,000 will go to this new program for adults and children. It could be increased depending on its success, Vernon officials say.

The city says it will reassess the situation after a year.

The fact that they weren’t allowed to see their friends for two years. Everyone was masked, some had been out of school for long periods. They had no socialization and I think overall all of our kids and a lot of adults were affected,” Champagne says.

These counselors might meet with you in the office, at your home, or at the room to discuss difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse.

If you would like to learn more about Vernon’s services, call (860) 870-3670 or click here.

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