About Recovery Services


About Recovery Services

Our History

Step By Step Recovery For Life

Treatment Philosophy

“There is no quick fix for addiction but Clients need quick access to addiction treatment”

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In 2017, over 64,000 Americans died due to opiate abuse.

Substance Use Disorders (SUD) are primary, chronic, progressive, incurable and potentially, fatal illnesses that demand chronic disease medical management for any possibility of long-term recovery.

At RSCT we are very concerned by the current addiction epidemic and rising death rate in patients who are abusing prescription medications and illegal substances. The rates of addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit substances are alarming. The most successful treatment addresses all of the Client’s challenges by engaging the Client, their family, critical stakeholders and their community relationships.

National Accreditation

Joint Commission National Quality Approval

Madison, CT – December 13, 2018 – Recovery Services of Connecticut (RSCT) announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care. RSCT underwent a rigorous onsite survey on November 27th & 28th. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs. “Joint Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, Executive Director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Recovery Services of Connecticut for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“Recovery Services of Connecticut is pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Reinhard Straub, Executive Director. The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

The Joint Commission (TJC)
Founded in 1951, TJC seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

Our Staff

Meet The RSCT Team

The RSCT Team is a group of dedicated and enthusiastic individuals with unique backgrounds, experiences, specialties, and expertise that embody a proven approach to successful treatment.

Reinhard W. Straub


Reinhard Straub is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor (LCDCS). He has worked in Substance Abuse and Mental Health for almost 30 years. Reinhard served as a faculty member at Empire State College, State University of New York and has conducted over 1000 clinical interventions, a practice that he continues to this day. He has helped countless physicians and healthcare professionals while at the New York Committee For Physician Health and continues this important work with HAVEN, the CT assistance program authorized by state law to serve virtually all licensed healthcare professionals. In 2011, Reinhard founded Clinical Services of Rhode Island, a system of 3 licensed substance abuse outpatient facilities which was acquired by American Addiction Centers. Reinhard subsequently co-founded Recovery Services of Connecticut, a licensed CT substance abuse facility in January 2018

Jessica Miller


Jessica Miller is independently licensed in Connecticut as a Professional Counselor and in New
York as a Mental Health Counselor. She has dedicated her career to treating people with mental health issues, substance abuse and dual diagnosis. She received her Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Long Island University, C W. Post Campus where she also received her Master of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude in Mental Health Counseling. In 2002, Ms. Miller was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, the International Counseling Honor Society and subsequently worked for 6 years at Northwell Health's Glen Cove Hospital on the Dual Diagnosis Services Unit and has been in the field for over a decade. Jessica has been at Recovery Services of Connecticut since its inception and serves as the Clinical Director. Jessica is well respected by clients due to her direct and honest counseling style. •My Clients deserve the truth from me and I will always do my best to deliver it

Nicole Fodaski


Nicole Fodaski is an independently Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Connecticut. She has been helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues for the past eight years at a variety of clinical settings. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Keene State College and her master's degree at Antioch University New England in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy. She comes to Recovery Services of Connecticut after working as a detox clinician and as the Lead Clinician in Rushford's residential treatment center in Middletown, Connecticut. Nicole takes a holistic and creative approach to helping individuals discover their inner strength and potential. "I always explore all options with my clients as there are many roads to recovery and I firmly believe that everyone is a unique individual".

Chris Withington

CADC Intern

Christopher Withington earned his Associates Degree and his DARC Certification as a Certified
Substance Abuse Counselor from Gateway Community College and completed his internship at Connecticut Valley Hospital. As a member of the RSCT team, Chris conducts clinical valuations, develop individualized treatment plans with Clients, facilitates individual and group counseling and refers Clients for other needed services and aftercare. Chris has experience with and is adept at helping and educating families that are impacted by the family disease of addiction. As a man in long-term recovery, his life experience has motivated him to help others as they embark on their own journey in recovery. Chris's mission is to motivate, inspire and encourage freedom, equality and family values to any individual in need with the support of colleagues, family and friends.

David Ruutel


David Ruutel earned an associate degree in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling and graduated the DARC Program at Manchester Community College. He is currently working toward his bachelor's degree in social work at Central Connecticut State University with the goal of getting his master's in social work. He has worked in the recovery field for 4 years and is passionate about guiding individuals on their own personal path to recovery. As a member of the RSCT team, Dave helps develop the program curriculum, facilitates therapy groups, conducts initial evaluations, provides individual counseling and coordinates community outreach. Dave is certain that "Recovery from addiction is possible with willingness, hard work and support. When the pain gets great enough, it's time for a change and that's when I will always be there to help.

Jennifer Santini


Jennifer Santini is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker in Connecticut. Jennifer has experience in treating addiction as well as mental health, with over four years of experience as a case manager in an inpatient psychiatric unit. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Connecticut State University and graduated from Fordham University with her Master of Social Work degree.

Jennifer uses multiple treatment modalities while taking into consideration the client’s individual goals. Jennifer practices mindfulness, incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and integrates the twelve-step program into her practice.