114-152 Boston Post Road, 2nd floor
West Haven, CT 06516
203-479-8000 (main #)
About Errera Community Care Center
Over the past two decades, through a steady process of program modification and development, VA Connecticut’s Errera Community Care Center (“ECCC”) has evolved into one of the leading centers of innovation in recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation in the integration of the psychosocial and biomedical approaches. ECCC serves veterans struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, homelessness, and/or aging. At the ECCC, a team of multidisciplinary mental health professionals come together to provide an array of community-based rehabilitative programs including day and crisis intervention programs, vocational programs, housing programs (ranging from subsidized to non-subsidized, supported to non-supported), homeless outreach and advocacy, case management programs, and wellness activities including a full gym.
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Dr. Paul Errera
The Errera Community Care Center is named after Dr. Paul Errera, M.D. who gave a lifetime of outstanding service to our country.
Dr. Errera began his career with the VA as a first year resident in psychiatry at the West Haven, Connecticut VA Medical Center. His brilliant career came full circle when he returned to the VA in West Haven, at the Errera Community Care Center (ECCC), appropriately named in his honor.
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Haven VA Facility Gets $4.88 Million To Expand (Article)
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Veteran Resources (Useful Links)
The mission of Connecticut Veterans Legal Center is to help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare and income.
An online personal health record that empowers Veterans to become informed partners in their own health care.
Veterans are able to Apply for Veterans' Benefits Online (VONAPP), access VA Payment History, apply for VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility, check on Compensation & Pension Claims Status, and more:
for Veterans to get copies of their DD214 discharge papers and other active duty service records including medical records
help finding AA meetings in Connecticut
to help find NA meetings in Connecticuts
While the contents of this site have been developed in cooperation with VA personnel, it is not an official site of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Read About Vets As Volunteers
Vets as Volunteers is a Supported Volunteer Program at the Errera Community Care Center, and it is one of the only such programs in the country. Originally conceived by Stephanie Riccardi, PsyD and co-directed with Donna Golden, PhD, the program is currently a community integration group within CRP. Vets as Volunteers offers veterans enrolled in the E.C.C.C. the opportunity to volunteer on a weekly basis as a group in the community. CRP staff, including Donna Golden, PhD and Peer Specialists Moe Armstrong and Paul Thompson, facilitate and volunteer alongside veterans, providing the necessary assistance to support their success. To find out more, click here.
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Community Partners for Justice Partnership is highlighted among Three VA community partnership programs that are making a difference
The VA Connecticut Healthcare System highlighted its Community Partners for Justice Partnership that provides free legal assistance to Veterans facing a variety of legal barriers relative to homelessness. More than 1200 Veterans have benefited from this partnership during the last five years. In addition, the partnership helped 65% of participating Veterans facing eviction improve their housing stability and helped all of its clients collectively improve their financial status by over $700,000.
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Narratives about Peers
Carolyn Bissex is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with the Department of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Health Care System's Errera Community Care Center (ECCC). She is continuing the project of documenting narratives for Veterans. To see the newest story, click here.
Troubled Veterans Get Treatment, Not Jail
PEGGY MCCARTHY, Conn. Health I-Team Writer
5:34 am, February 16, 2015
Two programs that connect arrested veterans to treatment – rather than jail – report that many are getting their lives back on track.
Some 81 percent of veterans in the program run by the Veterans Health Administration have not been arrested again. And one run by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services shows a 36 percent drop in illegal drug use among its veterans and a 44 percent decrease in symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Educational Resource Guide
An Educational Resource Guide has been created by the 2012-2013 Mental Health Outreach and Advocacy VISTA, Katharine Bobel, as a part of The Veterans Recovery Project. This Educational Resource Guide is meant to be used as a detailed resource for clinicians and Veterans who may have specific questions in regards to Educational Benefits or who may be interested in going back to school and need to find out more information about local colleges. This guide is designed to serve as a tool to advocate for and build awareness around Educational opportunities for Veterans. To access the Guide, CLICK HERE
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One Veteran's Story - James
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