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CMHA Purchases 233 Main Street in Downtown New Britain

The former ACMAT Plaza at 233 Main Street will soon be home to CMHA administration and many programs, bringing more than 200 jobs downtown, creating easier access to services, and making additional meeting space and resources available for use by the community.

Mayor Erin Stewart joined other CMHA board members and staff and leadership in a tour of 233 Main St. today, just after CMHA formally took ownership of the building.

“This is a watershed moment for CMHA,” said President/CEO Raymond Gorman. “We are consolidating programs under one roof, we are making services more accessible to the people we serve, cementing our commitment to the city, and bringing dozens of people every day into the heart of the city.”


CMHA board member Ann Baldwin, Board Chairman Todd DeGroff,
President/CEO Raymond Gorman, and board members Hunter Mathena,
Steven Andrychowski, Mayor Erin Stewart, and Nick Pettinico.

“This move will have an immense and positive impact on the city,” added Mayor Stewart. “Having CMHA downtown will help us with everything we’re trying to do. All these people working here every day will continue the revitalization of downtown and help our businesses.

“Mental health continues to have a stigma, which we have to fight,” Stewart said. “CMHA and this move continue to help with that, even as they help residents in our community who need it.

Renovation and additional build-out will be needed throughout the building, which will begin immediately and continue into 2019. Two major outpatient behavioral health clinics and agency administration are set to move there in late 2018, and CMHA’s young adult outpatient site will follow in 2019. Renovations will allow CMHA to create specialized facilities to meet client and program needs. The agency is also working to offer Social Security benefits intake for special populations, and to add additional services, such as primary health care and wellness groups, as part of its programming to clients.

The 233 Main Street building has seven floors. Social Security Administration and CT State Worker’s Compensation each occupy one floor; when CMHA moves in all programs in 2019, the building will be fully occupied for the first time in a decade. CMHA plans to collaborate with local businesses to develop retail space on the first floor to contribute to downtown New Britain’s economic resurgence.

CMHA has been a significant local employer in New Britain for 40 years, serving more than 6,000 clients each year and purchasing millions of dollars’ worth of local goods and services from central Connecticut vendors. Now CMHA joins the revitalization of downtown New Britain into a transit-oriented hub of commerce, transforming 233 Main Street into a state-of-the-art integrated behavioral health facility providing recovery and wellness care to individuals throughout their lives.

Narcan Distribution & Overdose Prevention Event: September 18

Please share this event--click here for a printable PDF flyer. 


Narcan 9.18.18

Rain Doesn't Stop our Run for Recovery!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at New Britain Stadium on June 23 for our 4th annual Run for Recovery: Bee a Champion for Mental Health!
Despite a few raindrops, we had a wonderful time, and we're grateful to all of you for supporting mental health and addiction recovery.


View more photos from the morning on our Facebook page HERE.

Check out CMHA staff and clients promoting the race in the media.

New Britain Herald: June 13

CMHA's Amy Ogle on WTIC radio with Steve Parker: June 16




2018 5K Sponsor Banner


CMHA's Trauma-Informed and Gender Responsive Care

From 2015-2017, CMHA participated in a TAG practice improvement initiative to enhance and enrich our agency.
TAG stands for Trauma-informed And Gender responsive care. When we talk about TAG, we mean much more than trauma-specific services. It’s about all parts of the experience with CMHA: from your first contact with staff to what you see and hear as you sit in the waiting room to incorporating staff and client feedback.

To be trauma-informed and gender responsive, an agency must incorporate knowledge about trauma—its prevalence, impact and the complex paths to recovery and healing —into every aspect of its contacts, activities, relationships and physical settings.Gender responsive care recognizes that all people have different needs and priorities, and that trauma occurs within the context of gender.
Gender differences often include type of trauma exposure and reaction to trauma, so treatment needs often vary.

Trauma-informed principles are:

  • Safety: Ensuring that clients feel physically and emotionally safe as they come into the treatment environment and that staff are safe too.
  • Trustworthiness: Clients know that providers will ensure that services are clear and consistent and that appropriate boundaries (especially interpersonal ones) are maintained.
  • Choice: Client preference in routine practices and crisis situations will be prioritized.
  • Collaboration: Client input will be considered in the service delivery practice and decisions so that a collaborative relationship will be encouraged between clients and providers.
  • Empowerment: Services are developed and delivered to maximize client empowerment, recognizing strengths and building skills that will enable a successful transition from services.

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A few members of our TAG committee: Reagan Flyg, Saidou Hann, Gabi Andrukiewicz, Heather Paluso,
Jessica Antunes, and Chairperson Dina Anderson.


Building Our Future Together at 2017 Annual Meeting

So much positive energy and excitement for what's to come!
Take a look at all the photos from the evening on our Facebook page.

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Dave Patrick of Downes Construction, CMHA's Danielle Ebrahimi, Diana Colcord of Downes,
Chris Bockstael of Svigals + Partners, CMHA's Karolina Wytrykowska, Arturo Arroyo of Svigals + Partners,
and CMHA's Mary Gilhuly and Ray Gorman.

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227 Main Street transformed for the evening

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