Mental Health Resources, Free Concert in Norwalk, and More!

May 31, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week.

Below you will find locally based mental health resources, a survey for Norwalk residents, and more! 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month 
As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, I wanted to share a few resources with you: 
Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) provides crisis response and stabilization services to children, youth, and their families when a child is experiencing a behavioral health crisis.  EMPS therapists will respond to a home, school, or other setting where the child currently resides. Local EMPS supports can be accessed by dialing 211.
Urgent Crisis Centers (UCC) are available for children who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis but do not require emergency department level of care. Licensed and funded by DCF, the centers are aimed at providing quality behavior health services to youths and their families outside of an emergency room to address their needs. No appointment is needed, and parents and guardians can bring their child directly to one of the UCC locations. The attached flier providers contact information.
The Community Pathways line is now open at Carelon Behavioral Health and accepts referrals from families not involved with DCF and community partners, in order to provide information, access, and connection to needed community-based supports and evidence-based interventions. This is an opportunity for families to receive in-home support for non-emergent behavioral health issues and prevent an escalation in behavior acuity. Community Pathways can be accessed by dialing 877-381-4193 (option 1).
Families may be experiencing a barrier to receiving support due to a social determinant of health such as poverty, housing or food insecurity, unemployment/underemployment, adverse early life experiences, discrimination, or others. The Family Assistance and Social Determinant fund is for families that need financial assistance to pay for mental health and/or substance use intervention, treatment, or medication for children ages 0-18 years of age. For a limited time, funding assistance is available for those that qualify. Contact Carelon Behavioral Health at: for more information.
At families can find information that will assist them in understanding, navigating, and locating children's behavioral health services in their community.
Norwalk Stormwater Management Survey 

The City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency (RDA) are conducting a survey to help inform the community of their efforts to improve stormwater management, sustainability, and climate resilience.  The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and is available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. Click here to take the survey. 

Free Concert by the Norwalk Community Chorale
The Norwalk Community Chorale will hold a free concert on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Concert Hall. Saturday's performance will celebrate the music of female composers. Doors open at 7 p.m. Click here to learn more.
The Ride for Our Vets Comes to Norwalk
The Ride for Our Vets event, a charity bike tour that raises funds to support the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC), will be held on June 15th starting at 7:00 AM in Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk. There will be a celebration in the park at 11:00 AM. Hope to see you there!
2024 Connecticut 2nd Capital Matchmaker Event
Registration is now open for the 2024 Connecticut 2nd Capital Matchmaker Event. It will be held in person on June 4 at Fairfield University. Please see the flyer below for more information. 
DOT Update 
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced the milling of pavement on I-95 between Exits 16 and 17 in Norwalk and Westport through Sunday, June 9 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Lane closures will be in effect at night to facilitate the milling operation. Milling of the roadway is necessary to identify areas needing repairs in the underlying concrete pavement. I-95 will be paved after identifying the locations of repairs. Three lanes of traffic will be maintained on I-95 after a traffic shift. Traffic will be maintained on I-95 during the whole operation.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and concerns you may have - I can be reached at, or through my office phone - 860-240-8585.

Have a great weekend! 


Dominique Johnson
State Representative


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