connecticut’s mental health.

For more than 2 decades, our group of dedicated leaders has worked tirelessly to defend our rights and ensure that the promise to fund mental health services is kept.

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Who we are:

we are people, like you.

Keep The Promise Coalition has been advocating for a better mental health system since 1999.

We are Connecticut’s only mental health advocacy coalition for and by people with lived experience. We use this experience to advocate for systems change, and expand the rights of people with mental health conditions.

Our mission is to unite and empower all people living with mental health, addiction, and co-occurring conditions and their allies to advocate for comprehensive, equitable, and recovery-oriented public policy.

We do so with special attention to the many systemic inequities faced by all who are marginalized by Connecticut’s system of supports and services.

KTP advocates Domenique Thornton, Deborah Holcomb, and members of Independence Center Clubhouse stand with Lois Curtis— artist, activist, and lead plaintiff in Olmstead v. L.C.

KTP advocates Domenique Thornton, Deborah Holcomb, and members of Independence Center Clubhouse stand with Lois Curtis— artist, activist, and lead plaintiff in Olmstead v. L.C.

History Highlights:

Understanding how we got here is the first step toward making future progress. Here are a few key historic milestones + events.


The state of CT closes Fairfield Hills & Norwich State psychiatric hospitals.


Supreme Court makes landmark ruling in Olmstead v. L.C., cementing the right of people with disabilities to live and receive services in the most integrated community setting.

Keep The Promise Coalition is formed by lived experience advocates, to make the state “keep its promise” to use savings from the hospital closings to fund community services.


Connecticut forms a “Blue Ribbon Commission” on mental health. KTP is actively involved in the commission’s work and adopts the blue ribbon as its logo.


KTP partners with the Office of the Healthcare Advocate to host a two-hour forum on mental health issues for new legislators.


Keep The Promise Coalition joins with partners across the disability advocacy community to form the Stop HUSKY Health Discrimination Coalition to fix the HUSKY C eligibility limits which discriminate against people with disabilities and older adults

our team:

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statements from our KTP family:

“People like me don’t get heard, but KTP is my voice. They always welcome me and advocate for my needs. I feel valued by them.”


KTP has been a defender of people’s rights and dignity since its inception. Leading the way to the reduction of force & coercion in system. KTP fiercely fights to keep services voluntary.”


KTP is the preeminent voice for people with mental health challenges in Connecticut. A resource for other Coalition members seeking a deeper understanding of positively advocating for change within the State of Connecticut’s Legislature.”


KTP includes and elevates people with first-hand lived experience – because KTP knows what you’ve been through, because they’ve been there, too.”


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nos comprometemos.

Estamos comprometidos con la construcción de un sistema de salud mental comunitario compasivo, integral y equitativo que respete y empodere a las personas en su recuperación. Decimos no a las instituciones y sí a las soluciones comunitarias.