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Real Stories from our Clients and Staff

Featuring clients and staff from our Adult Outpatient Services and Social Club program, these videos show why services are so needed for so many in our communities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impending Budget Cuts Could be Devastating for CMHA

CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman recently testified at the state Appropriations Committee Public Hearing regarding proposed budget cuts that could be devastating for CMHA, other providers, and our clients and communities. We'd like to share some thoughts and excerpts from his testimony:

 

Governor Malloy's latest budget has proposed cuts in nearly every area of health and human services. They are probably the deepest cuts in a generation and they come barely two years after Sandy Hook tragedies-after we promised to do a better job in mental health treatment.

These cuts will surely force community based behavioral health treatment providers to severely reduce and close treatment options to the most vulnerable persons in our state who have nowhere else to go.

With current Medicaid reimbursement rate, providers like CMHA are already losing $110 per hour for a therapy session and nearly $350 for a psychiatrist visit. Multi-million dollar cuts to these rates, coupled with proposed cuts of anywhere from $240,000-$320,000 to our DMHAS grants, will force CMHA to severely limit access to care for the most ill patients in Connecticut.  

We urge you to let your legislators know that these drastic cuts are completely unacceptable. Click here to contact your legislator.  

CMHA's Behavioral Health Home

CMHA has been designated as a Behavioral Health Home (BHH) by the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS); one of only seven Joint Commission accredited Behavioral Health Homes in the entire country!

What is a BHH? It’s an innovative, integrated and recovery-oriented service delivery model that helps facilitate access to not only behavioral health care, but medical care and community based social services for adults and children with chronic conditions.

We are hiring for positions to help us implement this exciting new initiative. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this exciting and innovative initiative, please apply online!

CMHA Receives Accreditation from Joint Commission

CMHA is pleased to announce that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation 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.  

CMHA is only the seventh Joint Commission accredited Behavioral Health Home in the entire country and the first agency in Connecticut and New England to achieve this certification, a hallmark of innovation. The Behavioral Health Home is a special credential for agencies that excel in providing integrated primary and behavioral health care.

CMHA underwent a rigorous on-site survey during which compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment and services, leadership, and environment of care. On-site observations and interviews also were conducted.  Out of 1,450+ regular behavioral health standards, CMHA had just one minor finding.

Even with fiscal constraints and increased client demands, we hold ourselves to these higher standards and go above and beyond by seeking Joint Commission accreditation.  It’s another example of CMHA’s commitment to setting new standards of excellent, compassionate care.

 

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program currently accredits more than 2,100 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.

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.

CMHA Receives $15,000 from the Draper Foundation Fund

The Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, recently awarded $15,000 to CMHA's Child & Family Services in Torrington to support care for young clients affected by trauma.

Nearly half of the children served by CMHA have a history of trauma or abuse, and trauma during childhood is a key causal factor of mental illness. Treatment at a young age can prevent issues later in life, helping to break the cycle of violence. The grant will enable CMHA’s Child & Family Services to provide specialized trauma-informed care for children and youth from the Draper Foundation Fund service area (Torrington, Winsted/Winchester, New Hartford, Barkhamsted, Norfolk, Hartland, and Colebrook).

“So many of our clients struggle with emotional trauma that can exacerbate their mental health issues,” said CMHA Northwest Center Clinical Coordinator Diane Desmarais. “We’re grateful to the Draper Foundation Fund for their support of new and proven trauma-informed treatment methods that will surely change the lives of our clients and contribute to their success and recovery.” 

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