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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

Friends at Hovin Partners Give to CMHA Kids

We are so grateful for our friends at HOVIN Underwriting Partners.

Every year for the past decade, this generous group has donated back-to-school supplies for kids in our New Britain Extended Day Treatment program, impacting hundreds of families over the years.

One mother confided that she was not planning to send her child to school for the first week because she was not able to purchase the necessary backpack supplies. 

Thanks to HOVIN's kindness, this child will walk into school on the first day with her head held high and a smile on her face. 

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Another Amazing Run for Recovery!

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Thank you to everyone who helped make our 3rd Annual Run for Recovery with the
New Britain Bees such a success!

View all the photos here.

See the 5K race results here.

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CMHA Wins Brackets for Good Tournament

CMHA was the winner of the first annual Hartford Brackets for Good tournament, a March Madness style online giving challenge among Hartford nonprofits. Throughout the 5-week tournament, CMHA raised more than $46,000 and won the grand prize of $10,000.

CMHA celebrated winning the Brackets for Good tournament with a banner hanging ceremony at the agency's future home at 227 Main Street in downtown New Britain.

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Board Treasurer and owner of Beacon Prescriptions New Britain Todd DeGroff and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart unveil CMHA's Brackets for Good winner banner.

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New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, Board Member Todd DeGroff, Tanya Maher of Brackets for Good sponsor Supporting Strategies, President & CEO Ray Gorman, and Abigail Vanduesen of Brackets for Good sponsor Stanley Black & Decker.

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