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DHS News November 2011  

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Human Services Coordinator awarded by Children’s Court
Victor Johnson, Human Services Coordinator for the Children’s Court, has been recognized by his fellow co-workers with the First Friday Recognition Award. This honor is presented to a different Children’s Court employee or DHS partner the first Friday of every month, honoring and recognizing the contribution he or she makes to the team. 

Johnson’s primary role for the Children’s Court is assisting families in custody litigation with their human services needs such as housing, utility assistance or counseling. By quickly connecting family members to needed services and supports, Johnson is able to minimize stress, allowing families to focus their attention on litigations.

According to the award, “Victor is an invaluable member of the Children's Court team and always goes above and beyond in assisting staff and clients.”

DAL Specialist praised for work
Dan Robinson, Director’s Action Line manager, recently received a compliment from a caller about DAL Specialist Cheryl Cutright and the assistance she provided.

Robinson noted that the caller was most appreciative of the referral source Cutright offered as well as the follow-up contact from Cutright.

AAA honored with national community partnership award
DHS Area Agency on Aging (AAA) was recently honored with the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) Outstanding Community Partner Award. This award is a national recognition given by the New York Academy of Medicine’s Social Work Leadership Institute and the Council for Social Work Education.

The award is an acknowledgment of AAA’s exceptional leadership in the field of aging. Among other notable achievements, the selection committee was impressed with the depth of experience and understanding of community-based services for older adults that students gain at AAA, the consistent support of HPPAE students through the provision of stipends to encourage a commitment to working in the field of aging, the dedication of AAA staff as supervisors and task supervisors, and the inspiring work done to establish a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work-focused HPPAE.

Carol Brackett, AAA Bureau Chief for Long Term Services accepted the award on behalf of AAA. Brackett was selected to accept the award because of long history of acting as an advocate for hosting students in AAA, her work with the Hartford Partnership and her experience as a field placement supervisor for several students. 

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