Shatterproof Treatment Atlas Launches During National Addiction Treatment Week 

HARTFORD, CT — Substance use disorder is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and recovery is possible. This National Addiction Treatment Week (October 19-25), Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz; State Senator Saud Anwar; State Senator MD Rahman; the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Deputy Commissioner Colleen Harrington, LCSW, MBA; Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell; and Shatterproof Ambassador Dita Bhargava will unveil a historic lifesaving tool on Tuesday, October 24 at 9 a.m. Eastern. Together, they will announce a new Shatterproof resource that is being offered throughout Connecticut to assist residents with substance use disorders, support those impacted by substance use disorders, and mobilize those in recovery.

Shatterproof is the leading grassroots organization committed to removing systemic barriers to recovery, mobilizing the country to advocate for change, and ending addiction stigma, and Shatterproof Treatment Atlas is a state-funded project. Treatment Atlas, a lifesaving solution that highlights high-quality addiction treatment options, will become available to help thousands of residents find addiction treatment that will meet their unique needs. The development of the Connecticut section of Treatment Atlas is funded by a grant from DMHAS.  

A first-of-its-kind online platform, Treatment Atlas identifies all addiction treatment providers in the state, assesses their use of evidence-based best practices, and publicly displays the information to support those in need and their loved ones navigate to appropriate, quality care. Individuals across Connecticut can use this free-to-the-public, confidential, best-in-class platform to take a user-friendly needs assessment that was developed in collaboration with the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and search for care using robust filtering tools. Individuals can also search based on criteria such as location, use of best practices, types of treatment offered, accepted insurers, payment options, specialty populations served, and more.

DATE:

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

TIME:

Press conference: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. — Networking
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. — Press Conference
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. — Training

LOCATION:

The Bushnell Performing Arts Center
166 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06010

WHO:

Interviews will be available from:

  • Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz
  • State Senator Saud Anwar
  • State Senator MD Rahman
  • State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Deputy Commissioner Colleen Harrington, LCSW, MBA
  • Shatterproof Ambassador Dita Bhargava
  • Founder and CEO of Shatterproof and Founder of HEI Hotels and Resorts Gary Mendell. After losing his son, Brian, to addiction in 2011, Mendell founded Shatterproof, a national nonprofit focused on guiding communities, removing systematic barriers to recovery, and ending addiction stigma.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Lauren Lawson-Zilai, press@shatterproof.org

Art Mongillo, Arthur.Mongillo@ct.gov

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the U.S. Shatterproof is focused on guiding communities, removing systemic barriers to recovery, mobilizing the country to advocate for change, and ending addiction stigma in the U.S.. Find Shatterproof on Facebook, X, and YouTube @ShatterproofHQ or follow us on Instagram at @weareshatterproof. To learn more, visit www.Shatterproof.org. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or a substance use disorder, text SHATTERPROOF to 741741 for help.