New Britain Police H.O.P.E. Initiative
HOPE — a community partnership between New Britain, Berlin, Southington, Hartford HealthCare entities (The Hospital of Central Connecticut, MidState Medical Center and the Behavioral Health Network), the State’s Attorney’s Office and various community mental health agencies — is designed to offer certain opioid users the option of seeking treatment instead of being arrested. Police Officers have the option to forego a possession or paraphernalia charge for people willing to go into treatment immediately as long as the individual has no outstanding warrants for previous criminal charges. All New Britain police officers have been trained in the HOPE initiative’s message so they can explain what’s available to opioid users facing arrest. If the individual consents, they would be taken to either hospital where the emergency department staffs are prepared to help. Hospital staff are able to administer (the opioid replacement medication) Suboxone, connect the patients with recovery coaches and assess them in an environment that is stigma-free.
Anyone seeking further information can request to speak to an officer at 860 826-3000 or visit The Hospital of Central Connecticut.
CMHA, with over 45 years of experience in providing comprehensive, high-quality care for individuals and families, understands that an individual is more likely to maintain their Recovery if they have a support network. That is why CMHA is proud to be a leading member of The New Britain H.O.P.E. Initiative, as it takes a large-scale supportive role to the entire community in an effort to encourage open discussion of substance abuse and ultimately reduce overdose deaths in our city.
To learn more about us and the other ways in which we are helping support our community, please visit our website cmhacc.org or check out or social media (@CMHACT).