Substance Use Services

Many people struggling with homelessness or housing instability also face issues related to substance use. While working to get these clients housed or to assist them in maintaining their housing, there are services they can access to address these non-housing needs to support them in their goals of becoming sober.

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services works with the Department of Housing, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and many community partners across the state to learn the needs of this population and assist them in accessing substance use services as well as educate front line workers on how to identify and refer a client to the services and resources available to meet their needs.

Caseworkers or front line staff who need information on what level of care an individual may need or to connect them to services should call the Access Line (1-800-563-4086) or visit for a list of walk-in centers. The Access Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please click here for more information. 

Change the Script is a new statewide program that connects town leaders, healthcare professionals, treatment professionals, and everyday people with the resources they need to face prescription drugs and opioid misuse – and write a new story about what we can accomplish when we all work toward a shared goal.

For more information on Change the Script, visit their web page here.

Recorded Webinar

Medication Assisted Treatment Webinar

PowerPoint for Medication Assisted Treatment Webinar

Wellness In Recovery Recorded Webinar

PowerPoint for Wellness in Recovery Webinar

Accessing Substance Use Services Recorded Webinar

PowerPoint for Accessing Substance Use Services Webinar

Opioid Overdose Prevention/Naloxone (Narcan) Initiative Webinar

PowerPoint for Opioid Overdose Prevention/Naloxone (Narcan) Webinar

Additional Resources

Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction

This Beacon Health Options White Paper from June of 2015 discusses the societal and financial cost of the Opioid crisis and what is being done and some next steps to confront this issue. 

Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council

This webpage will provide you up to date information on developing recommendations addressing substance-use related priorities from all State agencies on behalf of Connecticut’s citizens.

Department of Consumer Protection: Local Drug Collection Boxes

This interactive map will assist you in locating local drug collection boxes throughout the State of Connecticut.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Webpage

The website of Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is a great place to learn about their continuum of care. 

New England Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Center

People with substance use disorders may have protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Visit the New England ADA Center’s website for more information.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administeration Webpage

SAMHSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Their resources and information span from suicide prevention to HIV and AIDs.