Liberation Programs staff spoke to the Greenwich Time about our Mobile Wellness Van and ways to support harm reduction and save lives.

“As Glennard Brown inched into a parking spot near Jackie Robinson Park in Stamford on Thursday morning, he zipped up his jacket and grabbed a “rover” kit from the back of his van.

Teams from Liberation Programs travel across Fairfield County multiple times per week in the van, offering on-the-ground services to those who need them — from Greenwich into Bridgeport.

The van travels to areas where active drug users might congregate — with services accessible to all — including those who are uninsured. And it goes where its presence is requested.” (excerpt from Greenwich Time Article, Liberation Van Drives on the Road to Recovery.)

Read the full Greenwich Time article here.

Joanne Montgomery, Chief Clinical and Outreach Officer at Liberation Programs, spoke at the New Haven Police Department Harm Reduction Press Conference on February 6, 2020.

New Haven Police has become the first police department to provide harm reduction kits to individuals with substance misuse disorders in hopes of keeping them alive.

Joanne Montgomery spoke of her personal experience with harm reduction techniques.  “All of the people I had met through the years, through the harm reduction efforts out in the streets — I knew right away who I could call and where I could go, and I actually went to Liberation Programs, where I now work.”

Pictured above (L-R): DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Joanne Montgomery, Liberation Programs President & CEO John Hamilton

Watch video from the Press Conference Here

Read more about New Haven’s Harm Reduction Efforts and Watch the Full Press Conference Here

Liberation’s President and CEO John Hamilton presented as part of the Greenwich Retired Men’s Association’s weekly speaker series at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich.

John Hamilton at the GRMA

Photo: Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media

The presentation, How to Strengthen Resiliency in Families, included topics such as addiction potential of substances, parent/child communication, and brain development stages.

John’s presentation was highlighted by and reported in the Greenwich Time:

[John] encouraged parents to lead by example and to exhibit healthy mood-regulation during times of stress. Parents should refrain from judging their children and remain open, nurturing and responsive when their youngsters approach them about these issues, Hamilton said.

“You here in this room could be that consistent, supportive, loving person in the child’s life… [a]nd that could make a difference for everything else going on in their life.”

Click here to read the article by Social Services Reporter Tatiana Flowers in the Greenwich Time and to learn more about John’s presentation How to Strengthen Resiliency in Families.

Dads, join John Hamilton for a morning of coffee, conversation, and family at the Greenwich Father’s Forum Kick Off Breakfast and Presentation on Saturday, October 12!

Fathers' Forum Greenwich kicks off on October 12 at 7:45AM!

 

In partnership with Greenwich United Way and the YMCA of Greenwich, join Liberation Programs President and CEO John Hamilton as he leads the Fathers’ Forum Greenwich Kick Off Breakfast and Discussion on Saturday, October 12 at 7:45AM!

Visit the YMCA of Greenwich’s website or contact Maggie Young at 203-810-5202 or maggie.young@liberationprograms.org for more information. See you there!