Our Mission

Our mission is to provide comprehensive care and expert recovery services to any individual or family on their journey to restore hope, health, and healing. We are committed to empowering those in need to get the compassionate and personalized support they deserve to help improve their lives, all while creating impactful change in our community.

 

 

About RNP

Recovery Network of Programs (RNP) is a non-profit social service agency that has been providing critical recovery care and support services to the Greater Bridgeport Community for 50 years. Our dedicated staff is experienced in delivering inclusive care that is held to the highest standards of respect, integrity, and excellence.

At RNP, we understand that the road to recovery is different for each individual. Whether you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, mental health, or behavioral health, we tailor our holistic service offerings to meet the personal needs of each client, providing integrated support through every stage of recovery. Regardless of race, gender, age, sexual identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or financial status, we are here to provide a safe and healing environment for all.

Continuum of Care

Community Center for Integrated Health

The heart of our organization, CCIH provides expanded access to integrated care, including medical, mental health, and substance abuse services. As part of CCIH, clients are able to receive the progressive help they need with referrals to our other applicable programs.

 

Kinsella Treatment Center and Center for Human Services

Our two medicated assisted treatment clinics provide critical services to those experiencing opioid use disorder through the carefully monitored administration of methadone and buprenorphine.

 

First Step Detox

Our medically monitored residential detoxification unit provides a safe and considerate place for individuals struggling with addiction.

 

Horizons and New Prospects

Two of our 28-day residential rehabilitation programs that offer intensive treatment for adult men and women.

 

Recovery Counseling Services

Our outpatient clinic that provides treatment for substance abuse, mental health, and problem gambling for adults 18 and older.

Our Core Values:

Respect – Integrity – Innovation & Excellence – Diversity – Teamwork

Holistic & Integrated Care – Continuous Improvement – Growth – Safety – Specialty Care

Executive Team

Jennifer E. Kolakowski

CEO (LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS)

Jen has been with RNP since 1994 and has had a career in social work since 1989. She holds credentials from the Connecticut Certification Board in Co-Occurring Treatment and Medication Assisted Treatment, and has over 21 years of experience working with people who are homeless, living with HIV/AIDS, or suffering from psychiatric and substance use disorders. Jen has authored, coauthored and implemented numerous successful grant proposals, which have significantly expanded RNP’s clinical services to include scatter-site housing, transitional and permanent housing, and a nationally recognized Residential Co-Occurring Enhanced Inpatient Treatment Facility. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Catherine Kennedy Award for Best Practices in housing individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Jen is a frequent guest lecturer at local universities and faculty advisor for Fordham University-Graduate School of Social Service, as well as teaches an Integrative Seminar. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut AIDS Resource.

Christina M. Trani

Chief Clinical Officer (LMFT)

Christina Trani joined RNP in July 2021. She has over 25 years of clinical experience, and over 16 years of non-profit program management and administration. Christina earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. Christina is highly knowledgeable and experienced in providing clinical and operational oversight to adult outpatient, residential and family programs. Christina has vast experience in the areas of substance use, mental health, co-occurring treatment and clinical supervision. Christina has presented nationally on the model of Clinical Supervision which she developed and implemented. She takes great pride in her track record of bringing new and innovative programs into existence to meet the needs of the populations with whom she has worked.

Christina enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, and is an avid NY Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. Christina is a lifelong Norwalk resident and resides there with her husband and three children.

Linda Mosel

Chief Operations Officer

RNP’s Chief Operations Officer, has worked in the behavioral health field since 1986.  She began her career working in private psychiatric hospitals before joining a large community based agency in 1997.  In May of 2014, she joined Recovery Network of Programs as the Director of Quality Systems.  Linda has a firm commitment in utilizing data to assist in improving services to all our clients in addition to monitoring the satisfaction of all stakeholders.  Her expertise in quality improvement, outcome management, accreditation, corporate compliance as well as operations is a major asset to Recovery Network of Programs.  Linda was promoted to Chief Operations Officer in early 2017 and is currently responsible for all quality related activities, safety, accreditation and licensing, information technology and operations.  Linda has been responsible for migration to a new Electronic Health Record, multiple building renovations as well as budgeting within all areas of Operations.

Mary Ellen Schloth

Chief Financial Officer

Mary Ellen joined RNP in February 2021 after a 20-year career in finance including senior roles at a big four public accounting firm and in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, most recently as the Director of Finance at a Connecticut non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of seriously ill children.  Through this diverse experience Mary Ellen brings a broad perspective to the CFO role at RNP.  She is directly responsible for the financial health and long-term financial sustainability of RNP through strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, investment management, and financial evaluation of new opportunities.  In addition, she manages the financial and billing software, and the finance teams responsible for corporate payroll and accounting, state and federal grant invoicing and reporting, regulatory compliance, and fee for service billing. Mary Ellen graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Dr. Guillermo Katigbak

Medical Director

Dr. Guillermo Katigbak, MD has worked in the medical field for over 30 years.  As Medical Director, with more than 20 years experience serving individuals with both addiction and mental health disorders, he prioritizes client care and safety as well as ensuring the provision of optimal medical care for each individual served. He is responsible for final decisions in regard to all aspects of medical care for RNP clients.  Dr. Katigbak was instrumental in bringing new medications to RNP thereby greatly expanding client choice in determining individualized care. He provides direct oversight of all medical aspects of research studies conducted within RNP programs and works closely with the medical team in utilizing research to inform and support RNP clinical practices. Dr. Katigbak is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Tagalog. In addition to his role as medical director for RNP, Dr. Katigbak is a full time attending physician for the Emergency Department at Bridgeport Hospital.

Kerry Hagan

Chief Human Resources Officer (SHRM-SCP)

Kerry joined RNP in 2021 with 15 years of experience in the Human Resources field. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and her Master’s in Business Administration at Western Connecticut State University. She is certified though the National Society of Human Resources Management as a Senior Certified HR Professional. Kerry also recently completed her certification in Employee Relations and Investigations through Cornell University.

Kerry began her HR career in the global corporate environment. In 2015, she chose to move to the non-profit industry where she felt more of a connection to the mission, vision, and values. She began working for a private not for profit psychiatric and addiction hospital in Fairfield County. In her role there, she was provided the opportunity to be more involved in strategic planning with leadership, policy development, compensation analysis, recruitment, and performance initiatives.

Since joining RNP, Kerry has recruited a new HR team. She has worked with the Executive Team to analyze and create a competitive compensation structure. She is involved in a Learning Collaborative Project with Yale University where she, the CCO and the DEI Director of RNP are setting goals, strategies, and an action plan to improve recruitment and retention at RNP. Kerry is excited for the continued growth of the agency and enjoys working closely with leadership and staff to accomplish the strategic goals ahead.

Board of Directors

  • Thomas E Walsh Jr. President
  • Jerry McCarthy Vice President
  • Joshua Dickinson Treasurer
  • Michael Voytek Secretary
  • Jude Ade Past President
  • Gerald Craig Board Member
  • William Haas Board Member
  • Carol Morabito Board Member
  • Wiley Mullins Board Member
  • Patrick Schmincke Board Member
  • Michael T. Voytek Board Member
  • Uzma Zakir Board Member
  • Salvatore A. Maresca Jr. Advisory Board

Accreditations & Affiliations

CARF International is an independent non-profit accreditor of health and human services. Through accreditation, CARF assists service providers in improving the quality of their service, demonstrating value and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards. The accreditation process applies a set of standards during on-site surveys, signaling to the public that we are committed to continuously improving services, serving the community, and encouraging feedback.

Our CARF-accredited programs include:

  • Recovery Counseling Services
  • Horizons
  • New Prospects
  • Iranistan House
  • Prospect House Shelter
  • First Step
  • Kinsella Treatment Center
  • Center for Human Services
  • Jay Brothers
  • Community Center for Integrated Health

National Affiliations

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Connecticut State Affiliations

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL)
Connecticut Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DHMAS)
The Court Support Services Division (CSSD)
Department of Children and Families (DCF)

University Affiliations

Harvard University
University of Connecticut
Yale University

50th Anniversary Store Launch:

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, RNP has launched a company store. 100% of proceeds will be used to provide valuable services to our clients and programs. Simply select "Store" from the top menu. Thank you for your support!