Reps. Ferraro, Staneski Visit New Haven Vet Center In Orange

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Jul 062017

State Rep. Pam Staneski with the New Haven Vet Center Director, Amy Radivoy and State Rep. Charles Ferraro.

State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) recently visited the New Haven Vet Center, 291 S Lambert Road Suite 5, Orange, to discuss the services the center offers to area veterans and how the state can better assist Veterans.

Rep. Ferraro, the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said, “The New Haven Vet Center provides quality care and top notch services for our Veterans. Veterans and their families have a great resource right in their backyard and I encourage them to utilize the services offered by the center from their professional and friendly staff. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Hartford to make sure that our state provides the best possible services for our Veterans.”

Rep. Staneski said, “This Vet Center is an extraordinary facility which offers many critical services for our veterans. I want to thank the Vet Center Director, Amy Radivoy for a great conversation and tour; they are integral to the Connecticut veteran community. As lawmakers, we pledge to do anything we can do to better support this Vet Center on a state level.”

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers with the goal of providing a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.

Last year, the Vet Center provided services to over 5900 veterans, which included individual counseling, group counseling, benefits assistance, community education and much more. The center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

For more information about the center, residents can visit www.va.gov or call 203-795-0148.


Staneski Lauds Work of the Connecticut Prevention Network

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Feb 272015

Staneski_CPN_02State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119) attended the Connecticut Prevention Network (CPN)’s annual legislative breakfast at the State Capitol this morning.

Staneski, is the co-founder and past president, member of the Milford Prevention Council and is an ardent supporter of the work done by the Connecticut Prevention Network in their fight against drug and addiction prevention.

CPN discussed the development of a Regional Opioid Work Plans used to mobilize communities to address the state-wide epidemic of opiate abuse and overdose deaths. There were 273 fatal heroin overdoses in Connecticut in 2014, an increase from 257 in 2013.

According the CPN the abuse of heroin is becoming a serious problem in middle class Connecticut communities because it’s inexpensive.

Staneski mentioned how in the last few years Milford has had a growing heroin epidemic in which has claimed two lives and two dealers have been arrested by federal authorities.

Staneski said, “Community and local partnerships are the most effective way to keep drugs and alcohol out of the hands of our children. We need to support their mission.”

The Connecticut Prevention Network an association of the state’s 13 community partnership Regional Action Councils (RACs) that work to provide local communities with education, training, and advocacy for substance abuse prevention and related community concerns such as violence, teen pregnancy, drunk driving, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and suicide.