Bridges Expands to Meet Significant Increase in Need for Mental Health Services

Bridges

Local leaders cut ribbon to celebrate the dedication of the Moses M. Malkin Center at Bridges…A Community Support System, Inc. Left to right: State Rep. James Maroney (D-Milford); State Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg (D-Milford); State Rep. Paul Davis (D-Milford); Claire C. Phelan, Chair of Bridges’ Board of Directors; Barry Kasdan, Bridges President and CEO; and Milford Mayor Benjamin G. Blake.

Moses M. Malkin Center will ensure delivery of essential mental health and addiction services to children, adults and families

MILFORD, CT – In celebration of an expansion that will benefit thousands of families, Bridges…A Community Support System, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony and building dedication Thursday at the new Moses M. Malkin Center on Bridges’ campus in Milford. The ribbon cutting comes a little over a year after the groundbreaking for the center, and marks a dramatic expansion of Bridges’ facilities.

“At a time when there are widespread concerns over the availability and deliverability of mental health services in Connecticut, it is encouraging that Bridges has long been a mainstay, providing essential mental health and addiction services to local families,” said State Senator Gayle S. Slossberg (D-Milford). “The critical state funding we have secured, along with public and private donations, will empower Bridges to expand its mental health and substance abuse services, add wellness forums and provide primary medical care, making Bridges a centralized hub for services in the region.”

Bridges is the State of Connecticut designated local mental health authority for Milford, Orange and West Haven. It is a non-profit, community-based provider for outpatient mental health and addiction services for children, families and adults. Bridges provided treatment and extended services to over 8,000 children and adults in 2012.

Supreme Court Decision Overturns the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

PHOTO: PRIDE FLAG RAISED AT GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today directed the LGBT Pride flag to be flown over the Governor’s Residence in Hartford in recognition of the Supreme Court decision to overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Free To Vote

Free to Vote

The Voting Rights Act Has Been Gutted

Amendment XV
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Who has the right to determine what’s appropriate to safeguard the right to vote? Is it a Congress comprised of representatives of the people, with full fact-finding authority, which in 2005-06 “held 21 hearings, heard from scores of witnesses, received a number of investigative reports and other written documentation of continuing discrimination in covered jurisdictions… [compiling] more than 15,000 pages” of evidence for the legislative record, and passed Voting Rights Act reauthorization by lopsided bipartisan majorities of 98-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House?

No, apparently, it’s a conservative activist Supreme Court, which in its 5-4 decision today determined that Congress’ 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act did not adequately reflect current conditions and unconstitutionally infringed on states’ rights to regulate their own elections. Equal “dignity” for the states, a bare majority holds, matters more than equal protection for their voters.

Read the entire article for a comprehensive explanation of the ruling.

Support a Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing the Freedom to Vote

UPDATE
President Obama’s Statement:

I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.

The Value of Studying the Humanities

Humanities

The following are excerpts from an article written by VERLYN KLINKENBORG @ NYTimes.com about the decline yet importance of studying the humanities. Please read the entire article.

The teaching of the humanities has fallen on hard times. So says a new report on the state of the humanities by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and so says the experience of nearly everyone who teaches at a college or university. Undergraduates will tell you that they’re under pressure — from their parents, from the burden of debt they incur, from society at large — to choose majors they believe will lead as directly as possible to good jobs. Too often, that means skipping the humanities.

Parents have always worried when their children become English majors. What is an English major good for? In a way, the best answer has always been, wait and see — an answer that satisfies no one. And yet it is a real answer, one that reflects the versatility of thought and language that comes from studying literature. Former English majors turn up almost anywhere, in almost any career, and they nearly always bring with them a rich sense of the possibilities of language, literary and otherwise.

A technical narrowness, the kind of specialization and theoretical emphasis you might find in a graduate course, has crept into the undergraduate curriculum. That narrowness sometimes reflects the tight focus of a professor’s research, but it can also reflect a persistent doubt about the humanistic enterprise. It often leaves undergraduates wondering, as I know from my conversations with them, just what they’ve been studying and why.

What many undergraduates do not know — and what so many of their professors have been unable to tell them — is how valuable the most fundamental gift of the humanities will turn out to be. That gift is clear thinking, clear writing and a lifelong engagement with literature.

Writing well used to be a fundamental principle of the humanities, as essential as the knowledge of mathematics and statistics in the sciences. But writing well isn’t merely a utilitarian skill. It is about developing a rational grace and energy in your conversation with the world around you.

Stop the Keystone Pipeline

Rebuild the Dream President and former Obama administration green jobs advisor Van Jones cuts through the myths around Keystone XL — and explains who will be to blame if the pipeline is approved.

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