On Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m., Liberation Programs will break ground on an 11,000 square foot health and wellness center, expanding and enhancing the agency’s array of services for the treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. Included in the expansion will be key recovery-oriented options such as vocational assistance, domestic violence and sexual assault help, and family therapy, all under one roof. The new center will help increase access at a time when it is urgently needed in our community.

At a time when the population of Connecticut is experiencing record-breaking deaths in Connecticut due to overdose, Liberation Programs, one of Fairfield County’s leading behavioral health organizations specializing in addiction and recovery, is expanding access to life-saving treatment. “Even when people make the decision to regain control of their lives,” says Liberation’s CEO Alan Mathis, “there just aren’t enough places to get qualified, expert treatment. We can’t stand by and allow any more members of our community to die needlessly.”

“We at Liberation will be honoring Jayme Stevenson as the recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Hope Award that will be conferred on June 7 for her many past contributions to the cause of lifelong recovery and for her support in building the Health & Wellness Center in Bridgeport. Jayme has been a staunch supporter of Liberation Programs for more than a decade working quietly behind the scenes to ensure that all people irrespective of race, gender, or socio-economic status have access to addiction treatment and mental health services," Mathis said.

Other invited guests, with a history of supporting the agency and recovery services throughout the state, include: Senator Chris Murphy, Congressman Jim Himes; Senator Richard Blumenthal, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim; Stamford Mayor David Martin, and Reyno Giallongo, Jr., First County Bank chairman and CEO.