DMHAS names 'Spirit of a Red Cross hero'

The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced Friday that Jeff Montague, an employee working at the Southeastern Mental Health Authority in Norwich, received recognition as the “Spirit of a Red Cross Hero” at the American Red Cross 2nd Annual Heroes of Southeastern Connecticut ceremony.

Montague was recognized for his work as a team leader of the Connecticut Disaster Behavioral Health Response Network in Eastern Connecticut, DMHAS said in a news release. He has responded to no less than 15 major disasters since 2001 and has been a champion in the delivery of mental health services to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and a leader in the behavioral health care efforts that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School following the Newtown tragedy in 2012.

“Jeff exemplifies the kind of employee that makes it possible for the Department to assist our clients on their pathway to recovery,” DMHAS Commissioner Pat Rehmer said.

The Southeastern Mental Health Authority is both a provider of behavioral health services and responsible for administering all DMHAS contract-funded behavioral health services in southeastern Connecticut.

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