The Chemical Abuse Services Agency, Inc. is a private, nonprofit community-based behavioral health organization. Founded in 1987, the agency is now one of the leading multicultural behavioral health organizations in Connecticut. CASA was established in response to the need for behavioral health services to be available and accessible to Latinos, African-Americans and other ethnic groups, which have been traditionally underserved.
For more than 30 years, CASA has been providing unique residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment services to monolingual Spanish speaking clients in the state of Connecticut. In addition, CASA provides outpatient substance abuse treatment and prevention to critical populations in the inner cities of Bridgeport and New Haven.
Many of us in the treatment field believe that drug and alcohol addiction is a highly prevalent illness affecting all groups of people. While this is true, the impact of illicit drugs is unfortunately, disproportionate in communities which have historically experienced some form of oppression or marginalization such as the LGBTQ, African American and Latino communities. CASA and its programs continue to respond to the need to provide substance abuse treatment that is respectful, sensitive, and inclusive of an individual’s cultural, ethnic and sexual orientation background. With this background in mind, CASA has developed a profound commitment for programming approaches around social and cross-cultural issues as a means to understanding and effectively addressing substance abuse and mental health problems in marginalized communities.
We continue to develop, provide, and promote the development of culturally appropriate, compassionate behavioral health services which include, community education, prevention, referral, intervention, treatment and aftercare recovery services.
CASA has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2002.
The mission of Chemical Abuse Services Agency, Inc., better known as CASA, is to provide holistic and culturally competent community-based behavioral health services to individuals, families and communities seeking recovery from addiction, co-occurring disorders and related behavioral health issues. The organization utilizes recovery oriented approaches and evidence-based practices to develop services and operational strategies toward accomplishing this mission.