American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Town of Newington does not discriminate on the basis of disability in access to or employment in programs, services or activities. The Director of Human Services is appointed as the ADA Coordinator and coordinates the Towns’ efforts to comply with the requirements of the federal law.
Prevention is the active process of creating conditions that promote the well-being of people. We organize and encourage citizens, institutions, service organizations and decision-makers to plan programs and strategies which foster positive growth and social adjustment. As advocates, we try to see that individual residents and groups, such as youth, elderly, indigent families and persons with disabilities obtain needed benefits, services and resources.
Our staff frequently plan and coordinate services with other agencies. Our goal is to ensure that individual needs are assessed, services are provided and duplication is avoided.
Community Awareness & Education
We provide presentations on issues of concern to the community. We speak to school classes, civic groups, the faith community and the general public. In collaboration with other town departments and area agencies we have provided presentations and/or training that have addressed: early childhood development, parenting, divorce, grief and dying, substance abuse, bullying, violence, diversity, care giving, financial resources, budgeting, hoarding, depression and other specific mental health issues.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. We utilize certified trainers and offer the classes multiple times throughout the year. If you are interested in training as an individual or for a community group, please contact us for more information.