Generations Program gets Platinum Award in social work

www.westhartfordnews.com | May 09, 2012 |

HARTFORD— Community Renewal Team’s residential program for grandparents raising grandchildren has walked away with top honors in a national competition concerning excellence in case management. Generations, a campus for seniors and grandparents raising grandchildren in Northeast Hartford, won the Case in Point Platinum Award for Social Work recently at a luncheon held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

On hand to accept the award, were Carmen Stanford, Program Manager of Generations since the doors were opened in 2006, and Theresa Nicholson, CRT’s Assistant Vice President for Behavioral Health.

“This is a tremendous honor for our Generations Campus because it showcases our multidimensional case management model that allows for economically disadvantaged grandparents to thrive in the local community and to empower themselves to become self-sufficient,” Nicholson said. “And to be honored among top-tier individuals and organizations from the medical field is a testament to our focus on the health and well-being of Generations families tailored as specifically as possible to their needs.”

The Third Annual Platinum Awards program, organized by the media publisher Dorland Health Group, recognized the most successful case management and care coordination programs and individuals working to improve the U.S. healthcare system in a variety of ways. The Generations Social Work Award was one of 23 case management categories honored—ranging from Managed Care Programs to Military Case Management.

“We are so proud to receive this on behalf of the Generations Campus and the rest of CRT because it validates the impact we have in delivering quality and dedicated case management that goes beyond expectations,” said CRT President and CEO Lena Rodriguez. “This recognition on the national level is also a chance to share the innovative ways we have been able to meet the challenging issues of the day with innovative programs that evolve to meet the needs of our families.”

In addition to the award for the Generations program, CRT received an Honorable Mention as a finalist in the Wellness/ Prevention category for the agency-wide Employee Wellness Program implemented by CRT’s human resources. Initiatives including stress-reduction days, walking programs, inoculations and internal health marketing campaigns earned high marks by award judges in the selection process.

The Generations Campus is one the area’s first and largest housing developments of its kind which has led to its national recognition since opening its doors. In 2008, the Affordable Housing Finance Magazine honored the development with its Best Affordable Housing Development for Families Award.

Generations provides affordable rental housing for seniors and grandfamilies—grandparents raising their grandchildren. It features 40 apartments in two sections, individual townhouses for grandparents raising grandchildren and private units for seniors.

The Generations model aims to provide a safe and supportive community where grandparents will be able to shoulder the responsibilities of successfully raising a second generation of children. For grandchildren, it provides a safe, stable environment and encourages the development of a strong support system in the community and increased emotional and psychological well-being. Case Management, recreation and other programming is offered on-site for grandparents with legal custody of their grandchildren.

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