Fairfield County Funder Network

Thursday, January 14, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm EST
Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Norwalk
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For grantmakers who are located in or funding in Fairfield County

Join your colleagues for a gathering of funders in Fairfield County and participate in a collegial meeting to network, share updates and information, and engage in conversation.

One in five people experiences a mental illness in any given year, yet issues of stigma, awareness, and access to care prevent many from seeking help. In Connecticut, fewer than half of those in need receive treatment. Despite the recent report that Connecticut is one of the few states to have increased public spending on mental health over the past three years, our behavioral health service system is chronically underfunded. In the nonprofit sector, community providers are overburdened trying to meet ever-growing demand as families in need of help try in vain to find therapists who will accept their insurance.  

To support funders in understanding this important issue, we will start by sharing the impact of mental illness on individuals and families. We will discuss service needs and will identify current issues in terms of legislation, funding, and services. 


Margaret Watt, MPH, MA
Executive Director, Southwest Regional Mental Health Board
Dr. Yohanna Cifuentes, LCSW
Director of Organizational Developemnt & QA, Coordinator of Latino Services, CHild Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County
Rep. Cristin McCarthy-Vahey
State Representative, 133rd Assembly District-Fairfield, Connecticut House Democrats
Daniela Giordano, MSW
Public Policy Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut



Impacts of Mental Illness

Mental and Behavioral Health Needs

Discussion of Service Needs

Grantmaker Exchange


Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the "Register Now" link above. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: To register yourself, please log in and click the "Register Now" link above. ($50) Registration cancellations must be received by COB on January 13 for a refund.

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QUESTIONS? Contact Brooke Petit, Special Projects Manager, 860-525-5585.


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