CCAR History (1990s)



  • CCAR holds Connecticut’s first Recovering Community Organization meeting


  • Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery officially named
  • 5 founding members spoke at statewide CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) conference, publicly for the first time putting a face on recovery, resulting in initial funding from DMHAS
  • Mailing list topped 100
  • Awarded an original CSAT Recovery Community Support Program (RCSP) grant
  • Awarded funding from DMHAS


  • 60 members attended 1st Legislative Day at State Capitol
  • 1st Board of Directors meeting held
  • 15 members spoke at CSAT Public Hearing in Hartford “Changing the Conversation, A National Plan to Improve Substance Abuse Treatment”
  • 140 attended CCAR Conference” In Celebration of Recovery!”
  • 1st video “Putting a Face on Recovery” released
  • 5 people in recovery selected to serve on DMHAS State Advisory Board, 2 appointed by Governor
  • Recovery Support Services Concept Paper submitted to CSAT for conference grant