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Corporator Peter Tyczkowski (left) from the UCONN School of Pharmacy with former Rushford/ Natchaug Director of Facilities John Steele.

Rushford corporators annual meeting

On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, Rushford held the annual corporators meeting at its Middletown facility. Event highlights included a presentation by Rushford Medical Director J. Craig Allen, MD, on naloxone (Narcan®), followed by the presentation of the story of Josh, a U.S. Army Veteran whose life has been saved, in part, by the quick administration of this opioid antidote.

The evening also marked the official dedication of Rushford at Middletown to Jeff Walter, former Rushford president and CEO. In her dedication remarks, Rushford Board Chair Linda Worden said, “With Gus Rushford having built the foundation for what would become the community’s gold standard for alcoholism treatment, Jeff took Rushford to a whole new level and dimension with the purchase of Silver Street.

He is a deeply committed leader who leads with his heart. His leadership, compassion and tenacious advocacy have provided us with a wonderful model in the field of behavioral health, as Rushford continues its tradition and mission — meeting the substance abuse and mental health needs of children, adults and families and striving to provide affordable, accessible services of proven effectiveness and high quality that embrace the most current research in prevention, treatment and recovery.”

(Left to right) HHC Senior Vice President and BHN President Stephen W. Larcen, PhD; former Rushford President and CEO Jeff Walter; Rushford Board Chair Linda Worden; Rushford Medical Director J. Craig Allen, MD, pose next to the permanent plaque honoring Walter, dedicating the Rushford at Middletown site in his honor.

Rushford Foundation Board

Robyn Anderson > Harry Burr > David Director, Chair > Yves Joseph > Stephen Larcen > Kevin Leahy > Marc Levin > Kieren Moore > Linda Worden

Krystle Blake (left) and Jeanne Moore were among the nearly 30 Rushford employeevolunteers who make this event a success each year.

Rushford Golf Classic celebrates 26 years

Friday, June 6, 2015 was a picture-perfect day for the 26th annual Rushford Golf Classic, sponsored by the Rushford Foundation, Inc., and supported by the Council of Business Partners at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

Held at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, the tournament netted approximately $40,000 to benefit child and adolescent prevention and treatment programs at Rushford.

Donor support year-round

Thank you to the following organizations for their generosity and support of Rushford services from Oct. 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014:

OrganizationPurposeAmount
3MTherapeutic Recreation$1,500
The Norman & Natale Sestero Fund of the Hartford Foundation for Public GivingIntegrative Therapies in Glastonbury$88,420
American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)SBIRT/ABAM Fellowship$25,000
United Way of Meriden & WallingfordMental Health First Aid$2,500
Middlesex United WayMental Health First Aid & Early Intervention Program$38,521
Napier FoundationMental Health First Aid$5,000
Community Foundation of Middlesex CountyGirl Talk$3,000
Middletown Youth Services Advisory BoardPrevention/Schools$3,500
Hartford DispensaryABAM Fellowship$25,000
ASAM (CT Chapter of ABAM)ABAM Fellowship$5,000
Cuno FoundationMothers & Daughters Evenings Out in Meriden$2,000
Middletown Youth Services Advisory BoardMothers & Daughters Evenings Out in Middletown$500