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  • Greenwich Fire Peer Support Group

    The Local 1042 Peer Support Group was organized to provide emotional support, information and non-clinical assistance to department members seeking help for behavioral health challenges and other life circumstances. The Peer Support Group exists as both an alternative to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and professional counseling, and as a link to those services. All peer support members are trained to assist with a wide range of situations, and some are prepared to offer help in specific areas based on personal experience. Members are also trained to recognize when a licensed professional is necessary or more appropriate.

    All requests made to the Peer Support Group are confidential, and as a policy we do not maintain any records. We have partnered with the Behavioral Health Center at Greenwich Hospital, and we work in tandem with the Fire Department Administration, the Human Resources Department, the Employee Assistance Program, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and by the National Fallen Firefighters “Everyone Goes Home” initiative.

    Peer Support Members Phone Email
    Glen Krizan 203-470-3287 x711@charter.net
    Shawn Morris 860-478-0812 shawn.morris23@gmail.com
    Erik Maziarz 203-401-9029 maziarzerik@gmail.com
    Brian Koczak 203-996-7392 jdtractorbrian@gmail.com
    Dustin Holt 203-993-4196 dustin.holt1024@gmail.com
    Whitney Welch 203-253-2061 WhitWlch27@aol.com
    Jeff Locher 203-943-9216 thejoker53@optonline.net 
    Jeff Crumbine 203-832-2263 crumbine@gmail.com 
    Rob Despres 516-429-2889 robby.despres@gmail.com 
    George Lattanzi 203-450-8236 capt96@aol.com 
    Bruce Kunkel 203-515-9922 bak16@aol.com 

    1. Local Resources

      1. Town of Greenwich Employee Assistance Program

      2. Greenwich Hospital Behavioral Support Division

      3. Greenwich Hospital Cancer Support Services

      4. Connecticut Alcoholics Anoynomous

      5. Connecticut Al-anon and Alateen

      6. United Healthcare / Oxford Behavioral Health

      7. Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Managment Team

    2. National Resources

      1. National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255

      2. US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD

      3. IAFF Center for Excellence

      4. Brattleboro, VT Retreat - Uniformed Service Program

    Town of Greenwich Employee Assistance Program

    The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has been established to provide professional expertise to employees and their immediate family members when dealing with problems of a personal nature. It is available to all municipal employees (Town and Board of Education) and their families. The program provides confidential and professional consultation for a wide range of personal problems including, but not limited to: 

    • Alcohol and/or drug abuse

    • Family problems

    • Financial and legal issues

    • Grief counseling

    • Marital issues

    • Stress

    The Employee Assistance Program is administered by Behavioral Health Consultants (BHC). The program is free of charge and offers assessment and short-term counseling, as well as referral and treatment coordination. An employee or immediate family member may contact the EAP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-864-2742.

    More Information is available here:  https://www.greenwichct.gov/557/Employee-Assistance-Program


    Greenwich Hospital Behavioral Support Division

    Greenwich Hospital’s psychiatrists and psychologists evaluate and treat individuals with a wide variety of emotional and mental health concerns. People struggling with mental illness, depression, anxiety and other psychological and psychiatric conditions receive compassionate care and treatment according to their needs. Counseling is available for individuals and families dealing with a difficult life transition, or issues relating to relationships, family and parenting.

    More information is available here: https://www.greenwichhospital.org/services/psychiatry-and-psychology.aspx


    Greenwich Hospital Cancer Support Services

    Greenwich Hospital team understands how challenging a cancer diagnosis can be for the patient, family members, friends and caregivers. Greenwich Hospital offers a wide range of counseling, services, support groups and more for cancer patients and their loved ones. Many of these services are free of charge.

    More information is available here: https://www.greenwichhospital.org/services/cancer/support-services.aspx


    Connecticut Alcoholics Anoynomous

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who help each other to stay sober. They offer the same help to anyone who has a drinking problem and wants to do something about it. Since they are all alcoholics themselves, they have a special understanding of each other. They know what the illness feels like – and they have learned how to recover from it in AA.

    More information is available here: https://ct-aa.org/


    Connecticut Al-anon and Alateen

    Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

    Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.

    More information is available here: https://www.ctalanon.org/


    Unitedhealthcare Oxford Behavioral Health

    United Healthcare is our current healthcare provider. More information on behavioral health benefits to members and familys are availabe here:



    CT Critical Incident Stress Management Team

    The Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management (CTCISM)Team is a volunteer, 
    not-for-profit organization available to provide support following a critical incident event. 

    The team is also available for Critical Incident Stress Management training 
    at your Corps or Department before an incident occurs.
    More information is available here: http://www.ctcism.org/home

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255

    We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

    More information is available here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


    US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD

    We are the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.

    PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.

    More information is available here: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/


    IAFF Center for Excellence

    The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

    More information is available here: https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/


    Brattleboro, VT Retreat - Uniformed Service Program

    The Retreat's Uniformed Service Program (USP) offers specialized training and support for men and women in uniform (active or retired) who are struggling with serious duty-related problems including PTSD, depression, and addiction.

    More information is available here: https://www.brattlebororetreat.org/programs/uniformed-service-program-usp


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