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CCFSA Honors Rep. Case as the 2018 Family Legislator of the Year

Alyssa Goduti

CCFSA was proud to honor Rep. Jay Case on 4/4/18 with the Family Legislator of the Year Award.  Rep. Case said, “It is an honor to be named Family Legislator of the Year. CCFSA does an amazing job providing educational resources and programs to Connecticut’s diverse and growing number of families. Ensuring funding is available for such programs are legislative priorities of mine. In addition to services, CCFSA leads advocacy efforts, on behalf of their membership, about the importance of programs that serve and support the state’s most vulnerable children and families. It is a pleasure to work with CCFSA and its Member Agencies to connect people with life improving services.”  Click here to read the official press release.

CCFSA Shares 2018 Legislative Agenda

Alyssa Goduti

2018 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA 

The CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) is an innovative and efficient provider network offering high quality, outcome-driven human services focused on strengthening CT’s families and communities. We support policies that strengthen family service agencies and the essential services our members provide to more than 180,000 people in CT each year.  As a result of CCFSA’s rigorous standards, we represent the most highly qualified CT providers producing the strongest outcomes in the areas of child welfare, mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use services.  CCFSA’s statewide human service delivery network strengthens communities across the state through collaboration of local service providers under one centralized administrative system for program management, fiscal oversight and data/ quality assurance.  Together we are working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
 
State and national public policy should promote a partnership between government and nonprofit human service agencies that collectively supports the stability, self-sufficiency, health and hopeful future of children and families.  CCFSA promotes the following public policy priorities for 2018:
1. Funding should support a stable human service delivery system through reimbursement models which cover the costs of providing quality services to vulnerable children, families and individuals. 
 
Public policy, government contracts and funding should be provided to allow individuals and families to:  • Access vital services such as behavioral healthcare, case management, housing, employment, early care, education, child development, residential and day supports for people with disabilities, nutrition services, foster care, healthcare and other human services;
 
• Move from dependence to self-sufficiency;
 
• Reduce poverty and increase equity;
 
• Minimize crisis by funding prevention and early intervention services.
 
2. Government should support high quality programs and services that strengthen CT’s families and communities. • Funding should be targeted to effective statewide services that strengthen families, particularly those like CCFSA’s TANF Case Management Program, which uses a 2 Generation approach to break the cycle of poverty among the highest need families across CT;
• Resources should be prioritized to support the health and stability of families related to housing such as the Housing Mobility Counseling Program, which helps reduce generational poverty by supporting families in accessing appropriate housing for their families.

CCFSA SSBG Counseling Program should be expanded to address the behavioral health needs of all those struggling with poverty, regardless of insurance status.
• CCFSA should be utilized by policy makers as a resource and thought-leader in issues related to the complex needs of children and families across CT.  
 
3. Resource allocation and program evaluation should be based on dynamic, outcome and data-driven systems. 
 
• Funding decisions should take into account program effectiveness and should focus on return on investment in driving towards population-level results.
 
• Government should consider short-term and long-term impact on consumers and communities when making investments in programs and services.
 
4. Government should invest in models of collaboration, innovation and efficiency in the delivery of human services. 
• Government policies should encourage innovative service models utilizing best practices that allow providers to achieve desired results in cost-effective ways. Public policy should support efforts to drive towards efficiency in service delivery, administration and contracting.
 
• Government should be flexible and creative in its approach to service delivery to foster innovation.  
 
5. Policies should support collaboration between government and human service providers as a best practice for systems improvement. 
• Administrative efficiencies should be identified and supported, such as the Licensure and Certification Workgroup efforts to streamline the provider licensing process, which was a collaboration between state agencies and providers through a Lean management process to streamline and align the licensure process.  
• Recommendations of the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services to improve contracting, reimbursement systems, data collection and workforce development should be supported and the model of collaboration and partnership between state agencies and providers should be more broadly utilized as a best practice.
• Policies should provide flexibility in budgeting to allow contractors to make the best use of government funding, including reinvestment of savings to support long-term stability and sustainability of the system. 
• Maximize access to bonding and other funding for capital improvements, technology and other long-term needs.
 
CCFSA is a network of select non-profit organizations serving children and families designed to strengthen our members’ quality and scope of services, enhance their leadership capacity and facilitate innovative and strategic networking opportunities. We are committed to the highest quality of care, results-driven services and excellence in program execution and operation. Through our collective voice, we advocate for government policies that support our member agency network and benefit all of Connecticut’s children and families.
 

Counseling/Trauma Services for Hurricane Evacuees

Christopher Brechlin

CCFSA members are available to provide counseling, basic needs, case management and care coordination for children and families throughout CT, including those who have been displaced due to recent hurricanes. 

As described by Lt. Governor Wyman in an 11/3/17 press release, “These evacuees have endured devastation – losing loved ones, homes, businesses, and a sense of safety in their lives.  Ensuring they have the resources to rebuild is critical, as it’s the right thing to do.”  All CCFSA members provide outpatient counseling services to help individuals, children and families experiencing trauma, regardless of financial status or insurance coverage.  CCFSA’s Social Services Block Grant Counseling Services Program (funded through CT DSS) is also available as a resource to victims of the recent hurricanes now living in CT who don’t have insurance. 

Please go to the Counseling section of our website for contact information for CCFSA member agencies participating in the SSBG Counseling Program.  These agencies are able to offer free counseling services to anyone who is a citizens, at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty level and without insurance. 

Social Services Block Grant Counseling Services

Christopher Brechlin

CCFSA is the statewide provider of Counseling Services, provided under federal Social Services Block Grant funding through the CT Department of Social Services.  Through this program, select CCFSA members provide counseling services for individuals and families struggling with poverty, with a focus on those who are uninsured.  If you know of anyone who would benefit from this service, please contact CCFSA’s main office or go to the Counseling Section of our program page on our website to connect with one of our local member agencies directly.

2017 Family Champions

Christopher Brechlin

Since 2006, the Celebration of Family Champions has become an opportunity for The Council to recognize two individuals from each member agency who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and support families in Connecticut. 

To celebrate these family champions we first recognize that it is a person’s individual talent, skill and dedication that changes lives forever. Each of the councils 2017 champions achieved this honor in their own personal way, by demonstrating the best of what their agency has to offer, consistently giving more, reaching further, and taking bold steps to strengthen and improve the lives of families throughout our state.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Meet the individuals who are the “best of the best” in the field of family services in Connecticut for 2017:

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

Pete Maloney, Board Member
Christina Wills, Staff Member

Catholic Charities & Family Services, Diocese of Norwich

Kathy Capon, Board Member
Christine Jackal, Staff Member

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford

Patricia Kelmar, Board Member
Tomas A. Olivo-Valentin, Staff Member

Family and Children’s Agency, Inc.

Kristine Reddington Herlyn, Board Member
Jill Hammond, Staff Member

Family Centers, Inc.

Mary Moran, Board Member
Samuel Ambroise, Staff Member

InterCommunity, Inc.

Rebecca Paolino, Board Member
Melissa Malave, Staff Member

Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County

Dr. Linda Gornitsky, Board Member
Eve Moskowitz, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven

Cindy Papish Gerber, Board Member
Marietta Tucker, Staff Member

Klingberg Family Centers

Robert A. MacAlpine, Board Member
Maureen Sand, Staff Member

LifeBridge Community Services

Harold Trischman, Board Member
Gloria Caesar, Staff Member

Newtown Youth & Family Services

Jennifer Bulluss, Staff Member
Christine Stowe, Staff Member
Beverly Simone, Staff Member

Oak Hill

Ronald and Donna Catania, Volunteers
Winsome Kitson, Staff Member

United Services, Inc.

Cheryl Lewis, Board Member
Patti-Sue Brown, Staff Member

Village for Families and Children

Bill Field, Board Member
Haben Abraham, Staff Member

2017 Family Legislator of the Year

Alyssa Goduti


For twenty five consecutive years the Council has recognized one member of the CT General Assembly as the Family Legislator of the Year. Throughout the years members of this distinguished group have worked tirelessly on behalf of families and children in CT. Their recognition is well deserved.


The CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) will honor Senator Cathy Osten with their 29th Annual Family Legislator of the Year award, in recognition of her exceptional efforts to support the mission of CCFSA to strengthen Connecticut’s families. For 29 years, CCFSA has recognized exceptional public officials for consistently responding to the ever-changing needs of families in Connecticut. Senator Osten is being recognized for her exceptional advocacy, dedicated service and an unwavering commitment to the health, safety and well-being of CT’s children and families. Sen. Osten serves as the Co-Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Vice Chair of the Housing and Labor and Public Employees Committees and is a member of the Transportation and Veteran’s Affairs Committees. She is an advocate for family service agencies and our clients, particularly those United Services and Oak Hill which provide services in her district.

In direct alignment with CCFSA’s mission, Senator Osten works to assure that families are safe, stable and strong. She is committed to supporting a high quality human services safety net, access to excellent public schools and the rights of women and seniors.

“I’m truly honored to receive this recognition from the CT Council of Family Service Agencies. Family Service Agencies do fantastic work on issues that are priorities for me: safety net services, support for the elderly, behavioral healthcare, housing and family supports,” said Senator Osten. “These vital human services help strengthen our families, our communities and our state and have been a priority in my service as a public official. I’m grateful to work so closely with CCFSA and its member agencies to connect our families to the support they deserve. I’m honored to receive this award.”

“Senator Osten is a true champion for human services and in particular for the essential safety net services provided by our network of family service agencies. Despite the challenging budget situation, she continues to fight for vital programs and policies that support children and families to find hope for brighter futures. We are grateful for Senator Osten’s efforts on behalf of CT’s Family Service Agencies and the children and families we serve,” said Alyssa Goduti, President and CEO of the CT Council of Family Service Agencies.

The Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, Inc. is a statewide network of fifteen independent, non-profit, family service agencies that deliver services to over 180,000 families annually, with the support of nearly 5,000 dedicated employees and more than 4,000. Member Agencies are community-based, licensed by the State of CT and nationally accredited. Governed by volunteer boards of directors from their respective communities, Family Service Agencies have been effectively serving CT families for more than 100 years.

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New Partnership with Dept of Housing

Alyssa Goduti

CCFSA’s New Partnership with the Department of Housing – Housing Mobility Counseling and Search Assistance Program: CCFSA recently entered into a new partnership with the Department of Housing to provide housing mobility counseling and search assistance. Services will be managed through CCFSA and will be provided locally in the Hartford area by The Village for Families and Children, in the Stamford/Norwalk area by Family Centers and in Waterbury area by Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford. This program will support tenant education, mobility counseling and housing search assistance for eligible participants in DOH’s rent subsidy programs: Section 8 Housing Choice Program and Rental Assistance Program (RAP). Services will emphasize mobility moves from areas of low opportunity to those of higher opportunity, with a priority placed on serving families with young children. This new program is a nice complement to CCFSA’s Safety Net and parenting programs and will help us further achieve our mission of strengthening CT’s families.

Three Nonprofits Receive the 2016 UNITE Award from Social Solutions Global

Alyssa Goduti

BALTIMORE — Social Solutions Global, the leading provider of outcomes and performance management software for human services, awarded three high-performing nonprofits with the 2016 UNITE Award at this year’s client event, the Superhero Summit. Friends of the Children, Connecticut Council of Family Services Agencies, and Area Resources for Community & Human Services (ARCHS) were announced as award recipients on the final day of the Summit in Baltimore. The UNITE Award recognizes clients who have excelled at making a meaningful impact on their constituents, leveraging data-driven performance management, and have demonstrated a dedication to outcomes measurement using Social Solutions’ Efforts to Outcomes (ETO®) or Apricot Software™.

Read the full release here.

“Social Solutions is thrilled to launch the UNITE Award, in appreciation for the work that all of our clients undertake in their communities,” said Rachel Arnold, CEO of Social Solutions. “The three organizations receiving this year’s award have all made incredible inroads furthering their mission through outcomes and performance measurement of their programs. We view them as true leaders in human services and are proud to call them clients and partners.”

The 2016 UNITE Award recipients:

ARCHS

ARCHS is a nonprofit organization that leverages Apricot software to help improve the lives of more than 100,000 at-risk children and their families. The organization funds and enhances education and social service programs provided at more than 350 locations throughout the St. Louis area.

Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies

Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies uses ETO software to track progress across fifteen independent, nonprofit, family service agencies that provide services to over 150,000 families annually. The organization serves as the only statewide family service network in Connecticut devoted to improving the lives of families and children.

Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children provides professional mentors for the most vulnerable youth across the United States, relying on ETO software to track and report on day-to-day program and field data. For every $1 invested in the nonprofit, more than $7.60 is returned to the community as a result of higher wages earned and less involvement with the justice system.


About Social Solutions

Social Solutions Global, the provider of Efforts to Outcomes (ETO®) and Apricot Software™, is the leader in outcomes management software for human service organizations, making data useful at all levels, from frontline staff to executive leaders. Learn more at http://www.socialsolutions.com.

2016 Federal Legislator of the Year

Alyssa Goduti

The CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) honored Senator Chris Murphy with the Federal Legislator of the Year award, in recognition of his exceptional efforts to support the mission of CCFSA to strengthen Connecticut’s families. Senator Murphy consistently demonstrates exceptional advocacy, dedicated service and an unwavering commitment to the health, safety and well-being of CT residents through his leadership in the Senate. Senator Murphy serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee. He is well-known for his leadership on many issues, including his introduction of bipartisan mental health reform legislation, efforts to pass comprehensive anti-gun violence legislation and his work to improve access to vital addiction treatment services to combat the opioid epidemic. 


“Whether it’s medical care, job training, or child care, Connecticut families deserve the best,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. “I’m grateful to work so closely with CCFSA and its member agencies to connect our families to the support they deserve. I’m honored to receive this award—it’s an honor to fight on your behalf every single day.” 

“Senator Murphy is a true champion for human services and in particular for the essential mental health and addiction treatment services provided by our network of family service agencies. Senator Murphy has led the fight for access to quality behavioral healthcare that prevents crisis, provides care and keep people healthy. He’s stood up for the safety of children and families by taking historic action against gun violence. The CT Council of Family Service Agencies is proud to honor Senator Murphy for his exceptional advocacy, unwavering commitment and dedicated service to the children and families of CT. CCFSA is honored to have Senator Murphy representing us and fighting for the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people we serve throughout our system,” said Alyssa Goduti, President and CEO of the CT Council of Family Service Agencies.

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2016 Family Champion Awards

Alyssa Goduti


Annually, the Council recognizes one Board Member and one staff member from each of our member agencies as Family Champions for consistently going above and beyond the call of duty responding to the needs of families served by their agency. This celebration is a joyous occasion to honor thirty individuals who are the "best of the best" in the field of family services in CT.


Since 2006, the Celebration of Family Champions has become an opportunity for The Council to recognize two individuals from each member agency who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and support families in Connecticut.  

To celebrate these family champions we first recognize that it is a person’s individual talent, skill and dedication that changes lives forever. Each of the councils 2016 champions achieved this honor in their own personal way, by demonstrating the best of what their agency has to offer, consistently giving more, reaching further, and taking bold steps to strengthen and improve the lives of families throughout our state. 

“Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.”   ― Criss Jami, Killosophy

Meet the individuals who are the “best of the best” in the field of family services in Connecticut for 2016:

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

John Gutman, Staff Member

Catholic Charities & Family Services, Diocese of Norwich

Angela Arnold, Board Member
Carole A. Gilbert, Staff Member

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford

Suzanne Gueble, Board Member
Ikea Sands, Staff Member

Family and Children’s Agency, Inc. 

Rita Marber, Board Member
Jan Glorie, Staff Member

Family Centers, Inc.

Susan Yonce, Board Member
Lauren Tierney, Staff Member

InterCommunity, Inc.

Kenneth Reed, Board Member
Rick Amaral, Staff Member

Jewish Family Service - Stamford

Meryl Japha, Board Member
Rebekah Kanefsky, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford

Bernie Selig, Board Member
Marie Vick, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven

Betsy Fiske, Board Member
Princess Senu, Staff Member

Klingberg Family Centers

Robert L. Brown, Board Member
Mikayla Green & Elizabeth Boilard, Staff Member

LifeBridge Community Services

Bob Matthews, Board Member
Santiago Aguirre, Staff Member

Newtown Youth & Family Services

Sheilah Krasnickas, Board Member
Meredith Macmillan, Staff Member

Oak Hill

James F. Link, Staff Member
Luiz Fernandez-Lara, Staff Member

United Services, Inc.

Jim Clark, Board Member
Katie Roger, Staff Member

Village for Families and Children

Beth Bombara, Board Member
Iris Donate, Staff Member

Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies

Lisa Lee Pedemonti

Life Time Achievement Award

Patrick Johnson

2016 Family Legislator of the Year

Alyssa Goduti


For twenty five consecutive years the Council has recognized one member of the CT General Assembly as the Family Legislator of the Year. Throughout the years members of this distinguished group have worked tirelessly on behalf of families and children in CT. Their recognition is well deserved.


The Connecticut Council of Family Services Agencies (CCFSA) has named Senator Danté  Bartolomeo as the twenty-eighth recipient of their annual Family Legislator of the Year award.  Senator Bartolomeo, a Democrat representing the 13th Senate District including Meriden, Middletown, Cheshire, Middlefield and Rockfall is being recognized for her work to support the mission of CCFSA to strengthen Connecticut’s children and families.  She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Children’s and Higher Education and Employment Advancement committees and is a member of the Appropriations and Education committees. 

“I’m truly honored to receive this recognition from the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies. The providers in this Council do fantastic work on multiple issues which are near and dear to my heart: mental health, adoption, disability services and more. These vital human services help strengthen families, our communities, and our state, and these services have been a priority in my public policy work.  I am grateful to receive this award,” said Senator Bartolomeo.

“Representative Bartolomeo has been a true advocate for human services and in particular the essential behavioral health services by family service agencies.  Despite the challenging budget situation, she continues to fight for vital programs and policies that support children and families to find health and hope for brighter futures.   We are so grateful for Senator Bartolomeo's efforts as a champion for CT’s children and families,” said Alyssa Goduti, President and CEO, CT Council of Family Service Agencies. 

The Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, Inc. is a statewide network of fifteen independent, non-profit, family service agencies that deliver services to over 150,000 families annually from more than 100 sites located throughout Connecticut. Member Agencies are community-based, licensed by the State of CT and nationally accredited. Governed by volunteer boards of directors from their respective communities, Family Service Agencies have been effectively serving CT families for over 100 years. For the past 28 years, CCFSA has recognized one member of the General Assembly for consistently responding to the ever-changing needs of families in Connecticut. 

Senator Bartolomeo was honored at a Reception at the State Capitol, Room 310, on April 13, 2016, from 4:00-6:00 pm.