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Transformational Times Newsletter 

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April 5, 2013 
Lieutenant Governor Wyman Personally Thanks Wellmore's First Responders 
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Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, joined by Senator Joe Markley and Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, recently visited Wellmore to recognize 24 staff members for going above and beyond the call of duty when they were called to the tragedy in Newtown on December 14, 2012.

"I am very honored and humbled to be with all of you to say thank you - thank you for choosing a career path that helps people in their greatest time of need," Lt. Governor Wyman said during the February 19 visit. "I am not sure if any level of education ever prepares you for something quite like this, but you did your jobs with such compassion and strength."

 

In light of the unprecedented response to the Newtown tragedy, the efforts of our agency may appear small and insignificant. But it is clear that to the children, families and educators that have been the recipients of Wellmore services - and to those staff affected by the provision of help and support - the impact has been profound.  

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LINKS FORE HOPE 

Wellmore's Annual Golf Tournament

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Find your foursome and get ready for this fun & exclusive event at one of Connecticut's top golf courses, with proceeds to support the efforts of Wellmore Behavioral Health throughout our community.

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Great River Golf Club

Milford, Connecticut

Please contact Jackie Post if you would like to become a sponsor or register for golf.

jpost@wellmore.org or 203-574-9000 ext. 1109

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Safety Net Rally

Rally Group

 

A rally to Protect the Safety net was held on January 30, 2013 at the State Capitol. The rally drew a crowd of more than 1,000 people from across the state representing safety net providers and people who rely on the safety net. The purpose of the rally was to communicate to the legislators and state administrating leaders that future cuts in funding for safety net services was not acceptable. The crowd chanted, "Save Our Safety Net ~ Save Our State".

"Smile" 

A Successful IICAPS Client Story Worth Sharing                                                                       By Arthur Roy, MS and Robert Sarmardi-Fard

After discussing a case in supervision, aw jeez! - we mean after discussing a family in supervision - so easily talking about the work we do with our families turns robotic and impersonal - my partner and I were asked to write a short synopsis of the "success" we encountered with a particular family, and share it in the newsletter with our Wellmore family. We thought to ourselves, write about our success? We are both not sure how we feel about that - would we want to share our "not so successful" families too? There sure have been plenty of those. But of course therapy is not measured by "successful" or "unsuccessful" families, at least not in our hearts. As we began to think a little bit more we realized that we should, at some small level be able to discuss more openly, honestly, and proudly, the kids and families who have made great strides with our interventions and at some level attempt to understand why.

 

Back in mid August, a 9 year old boy who was referred to us for aggressive out of control behaviors along with severe anxiety- typical IICAPS referral. Mother of this youngster was nervous about the "stigma" surrounding having therapy done at the home and was reluctant to begin IICAPS, although it was being strongly suggested by outpatient and his medication provider. By late August, after meeting with the child only a few times, he quickly became one of our favorites. We know, we know we should not have favorites. Let us just say that we enjoyed seeing him and appreciated our time together.

 

Our little friend had aggressive tantrums towards his 4 year old brother which were getting increasingly more dangerous by the week. He would also have small panic attacks, for a variety of reasons, one of which being if his mother drove him a different way to football practice. "We are gonna be late, we are gonna be late!! I cant go to practice late!!" he would think and say. He had a delightful mix of internal unease and external rage. Through the help of a neurological psychological evaluation our diagnosis of Anxiety Disorder and rule out of Attention Deficit Disorder were both confirmed. Shortly thereafter a stimulant was added to his medication regiment which proved to be very effective.

 

During our course of treatment, we implemented the interventions that all of us with a clinical background use. I could list them all out here but that would be boring. What was more interesting was mothers commitment. We provided her with a Functional Behavioral Assessment, parent friendly of course, if that is even possible. Mother would diligently record his behavior of concern, aggression towards his younger brother (hitting, kicking, etc). Interestingly enough as mother began to record this aggression it began to naturally dissipate. There were small patterns that we observed but as usually happened we did not find our "textbook" triggers. We instead discovered an assortment of intertwined situations that spiraled into chaos for this youngster.

 

During the last 10 weeks of treatment there was only one report of an aggressive outburst. Perhaps best explained by an extinction burst? Or maybe his missed dose of Risperdal a few days prior? The emphasis though is on his positive behavioral choices for an extended period of time, where as just a few months prior mother had rated him at a 2 out of 10 for his aggressive outbursts (and yes that is as bad as it sounds). Throughout it all we remained positive and optimistic, which is imperative with the work we do. If we cant be positive how can we expect our families to be?

 

So here is where we should attempt to explain why our family was successful. One might look towards the beginning of the stimulant medication; it seemed to be very effective, yes. Maybe mothers commitment to observing and tracking her sons behavior? We would agree this was an impressive commitment and at the very least empowering. Did we mention that the routine/alternating days between his mothers house and his fathers house was made vastly more consistent? That type of a structure and predictability would definitely be paramount for any child, let alone a child with ADHD and Anxiety. We are sure you have your own thoughts about what was beneficial in helping the family move towards favorable outcomes and honestly they are all probably right. We guess what we are attempting to shed light on is that this childs success was not a result of 1 magic factor, but rather the combination of variables coming together at the right time- the clinical perfect storm if you will! What we can say with 100% certainty is that IICAPS was there during the barrage of positive events and really helped to foster this family constructive momentum.

 

Yes our work is hard but we encourage you all to take a minute and be proud of the strides our families make with all of the Wellmore Family support. Smile, you earned it!

 

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All Staff Meeting - March 27

Nutritionist TableOn March 27th, Wellmore sponsored it's 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Fair "Embracing Wellness". Many vendors came out to support our Wellness mission including: Urgent Care, Middlebury Chiropractic Wellness Center and COSTCO.  Our guest speaker was Maria Calo from Sensing Wellness who spoke to staff about finding their inner self and connecting with who they really are. Thank you all the vendors who participated to make our Fair successful. Vendors included the ones listed above as well as:

AAA

Aetna

Aflac

Alexandra Capaldo, Yoga Instructor    

Cigna

Connecticut Hypnosis

COSTCO

Great West

Jane Doe No More

Middlebury Chiropratic & Wellness Center

Mutual Security

Nutrition & Fitness for Life

Opticare

Sensing Wellness

Urgent Care

Verizon

YMCA

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Here is what some clients had to say about their time with Wellmore...

Adult Outpatient Comments

"The program is very helpful to me. It keeps me on point with my life and things I have to do for myself to stay clean".

 

"This group is helping me deal with a lot of my inner emotions. I see myself staying in this program".

 

"This is a good program if you want help with your drug issues".

 

"Very satisfied with the program; I learned stuff that I never knew. I would recommend program to others".

 

Adult Residential Comments

"The Morris House has done a great job helping me get my life and health back".

 

"After spending so many years in prison, the staff have been very supportive of my wellbeing. They made my transition back into the community a very positive one".

Star Awards 

A Wellmore "Star" is...

Stars 3 2013a person who demonstrates excellence both as an individual and as part of a team, who consistently goes above and beyond expectations, and who holds our clients in the highest regard. This person leads by example and strives to promote the mission and values of Wellmore with adults, children and families we serve.

CONGRATULATIONS to the most recent Wellmore Stars picture above with Gary Steck, CEO: Dilice Robertson, APRN for Adult Outpatient (left) and Joy Brundage, MS, HS-BCP Residential Supervisor at Valiant House (right).



Spot Awards
The Wellmore Spot Award Program recognizes employees for their day-to-day efforts that contribute in a special way to getting the job done. Supervisors give immediate recognition to acknowledge and reward employee excellence. We congratulate all members who received spot awards!

William Finneran

Nicole Gilman

Sharon Carosella

Jaime Mastroianni

Desiree Scime

Cassandra Tucker

Rodney Parker

Crusita Lopez-Vargas

Sylvia Santos

Marilyn Rodriguez

Brenda Matta

Kate Jordan

Adela Rusi

Zazz-Monay Byrd

Lee Seeman

Brett Bogdan

Dennis Jones

Deborah Ciarlo

Jessica Matyka

Regan Moriarity

Marissa DiGangi

Kimberly Shellman

Human Resources Corner

"I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness." - James Thurber

 

Spring is the most common time of the year for us to experience seasonal allergy symptoms. Did you know that 55% of the U.S. population tests positive for at least one seasonal allergen?  As plants start to bloom, obtain a dose of warm weather and recover from Winter's harsh reality, a great amount of pollen is released into the air.  For many this coronation of the seasons brings unwanted allergy symptoms as the pollen grains send their immune system into overdrive.  Due to the body's attempt to fight off the pollen invaders, antibodies are released that subsequently lead to symptoms of itchy noses, watery and dark circles under the eyes, sneezing, and coughing.


In an effort to make this season a blissful one, I have compiled some tips on how seasonal allergy symptoms can be alleviated.  If your symptoms persist or worsen, please seek medical advice from your physician.

  • Keep doors and windows closed. When cleaning your house or apartment focus on areas where allergens tend to accumulate, such as air filters, bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting.
  • Shower before bed to prevent transferring allergens from your hair or face to your pillow. 
  • Mold is also a contributor to seasonal allergy symptoms. As such, it is best to remove mold in common places, such as basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and any areas with leaks. A simple mixture of water and detergent will prove effective in removing mold! 
  • Pollen count is highest from 5 A.M. to 10 A.M., so it is best to avoid outdoor activities during this period. Also note that dry days will have a greater amount of pollen in the environment than cold, rainy days.
  • In this day and age of technological advancement, access to the internet is commonplace. Utilize your smart phones, tablets and/or computers to download a weather application that tracks pollen and mold counts in your area.
  • If your allergies are severe, consult your physician about using a Neti-pot. Studies have continued to show a strong positive correlation between consistent Neti-pot usage and relief of allergy symptoms.
  • Lastly, acupuncture has been linked to a reduction of allergy symptoms.

    Sincerely,
    Duane Marc Kiel Persad, MAIOP, PHR
    HR Manager at Wellmore

 

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Book
A special THANK YOU to Wendy Torrel, author of Guardian of Dreams.  Wendy donated a signed copy of her book to all of the first responders at Sandy Hook as a thank you for their services.  


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Maria Carr passed her LCSW exam

 

 

Caroline Pierce passed her LCSW exam

 

Rebecca Russo was promoted to IICAPS Clinician

 

Maria Carr was promoted to IICAPS Senior Clinician



Additional Locations:

 

Child and Adolescent Services-

 

Waterbury-Clinical Services

70 Pine Street

Waterbury, CT  06710

P:203-756-7287

or

1-855-WELLMORE

Fax: 203-596-0722

 

Home Based Services

141 East Main Street

Waterbury, CT  06702

P:203-575-0466

Fax:203-575-1817

 

Naugatuck Clinical Services

150 Meadow Street

Naugatuck, CT  06770

P:203-723-9890

 

Torrington Clinical Services

30 Peck Road, Building 2, Suite 2203

Torrington, CT  06790

P:860-626-7007

Fax:860-626-7014

 

Danbury Clinical Services

57 North Street

Unit 402

Danbury, CT  06810

P:203-797-9778

Fax:203-797-9858

 

Adult Services

 

Waterbury Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

402 East Main Street

Waterbury, CT  06702

P:203-755-1143 or

1-855-WELLMORE

Fax:203-753-3274

 

Liberty Center Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

30 Controls Drive

Shelton, CT  06484

P:203-944-0366

Fax:203-944-0159

 

Therapeutic Shelter

142 Griggs Street

Waterbury, CT  06704

P:203-574-1419

Fax:203-578-4180

 

Morris Recovery House

26 North Elm Street

Waterbury, CT  06702

P:203-574-3986

Fax:203-597-5459

 

Women and Children's Program

79 Beacon Street

Waterbury, CT  06704

P:203-574-3311

Fax:203-574-3315

 

Winners of Raffle Items from the ALL STAFF MEETING:

Amy Hilario

Jessica Brown

Marshall Mullen

Christian Ayala

Katie Bisaillon

Provi DeSantis

Kelly Mackiewicz

Chris Desroches

Jessenia Perez

Liz Reilly

Steve Lavaway

Nicole Gilman

Arina Medovnikov

Ray Bosworth

Robert McClain

Dorian Sacaza-Morales

Elizabeth Shea

Monique DeGraca

Ana Fisher

Victor Pittman

Jessica Moreira

Daniel Bosco

Kelly Babjak

Frances Goessinger

Nicole Grant

Tanya Smith

Chelsea Anderson

Danielle Davenport

Lia Cerreta

Natalie Pina

 

 

For Questions or Comments, Please Contact Jackie Post at:

Tel: (203) 574-9000 Ext 1109

Fax: (203) 574-9006
Email: jpost@wellmore.org




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