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Governor Lamont Announces $1.1 Million in Capital Funding to CMHA

Governor Lamont Announces $1.1 Million in Capital Funding to CMHA

New Britain, CT, April 10, 2024 – Governor Ned Lamont hosted a press conference at Community Mental Health Affiliates’ (CMHA) downtown New Britain headquarters to announce $35.5 million in state funding to CMHA and other nonprofit providers across the state. The capital improvement funds were released through the state’s Nonprofit Grant Program, administered by the CT Office of Policy and Management.

CMHA will receive $1.1 million for the agency’s Affordable Housing Initiative at 235 Beaver Street in New Britain. The property, currently rented by CMHA, houses the agency’s Intensive Assertive Community Treatment Team (IACTT) program, a 12-unit, apartment-style supported housing program serving 15-18 individuals per year. IACTT provides supportive services to empower residents with the life skills they need to step-down to lower levels of care and live independently in their community. The grant funds will enable CMHA to purchase and renovate the property, which needs numerous structural repairs and renovations. Owning the property will allow CMHA to contain costs for residents and reinvest lease payments into direct services for clients.

“This award will enable us to improve services, decrease homelessness for at-risk individuals, and make a substantial, positive impact on the greater New Britain and Central Connecticut community for years to come,” said CMHA President & CEO Raymond J. Gorman. “We are grateful to Governor Lamont and his administration for their support of service providers like CMHA and the work we do to care for the state’s most vulnerable individuals.”


“Connecticut’s nonprofit providers support residents in every town and are a vital part of our social services safety net,” Governor Lamont said. “Providing funding to make strategic investments helps these organizations deliver the services some of our most vulnerable residents depend upon. This grant funding will help the residents that these organizations support be able to utilize their personal strengths, talents, and passions.”

Established in 2013, the CT Nonprofit Grant Program has provided more than $130 million to the state’s nonprofit organizations, supporting about 750 projects. Today’s awards, which support 94 projects, are the program’s eighth round of grants. More on this initiative and a full list of grant recipients here.

Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc. (CMHA) is a private non-profit treatment provider headquartered in New Britain, with eight locations throughout the city and in Waterbury. CMHA partners with clients and the community to promote recovery from mental illness and substance use, treating more than 7,500 adults and children each year. CMHA is Connecticut’s first fully Joint Commission accredited Behavioral Health Home and is a SAMHSA Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). Visit cmhacc.org to learn more.

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Celebrating Black History Month: Advancing Health Equity in Communities of Color

Celebrating Black History Month: Advancing Health Equity in Communities of Color

On February 22, CMHA had the privilege of hosting "Advancing Health Equity in Communities of Color,” a compelling panel discussion in honor of Black History Month. The event brought together a diverse group of Black leaders in healthcare from within our organization and the community. The dialogue was insightful and deeply inspiring, providing invaluable lessons for all of us.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed panelists, whose wisdom and expertise illuminated the discussion. Dr. Huiam Mubarak, Rev Frederick (Jerry) Streets, Christopher Porcher, Taylor Tucker, and Dr. Camelia Lawrence, thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. Your voices are crucial in the ongoing effort to address health disparities and promote equity in healthcare.

We also want to acknowledge our incredible moderators, Edward Ford and Jan Sykes, whose skillful facilitation ensured that the discussion was both engaging and informative. Your dedication to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is truly commendable.
For those who were unable to attend, we are pleased to announce that the recording of the panel discussion is now available for viewing here. We encourage everyone to take the time to watch and listen to the important conversations that took place.

Events like these remind us of the importance of honoring and celebrating Black history not just during the month of February, but year-round. They also serve as a call to action, urging us to continue working towards a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system for all.
As we reflect on the lessons learned from yesterday's discussion, let us recommit ourselves to advancing health equity in communities of color. Together, we can make a difference.

CMHA & Training and Motivation Center Spread Joy with 3rd Annual December to Remember Toy Drive

CMHA & Training and Motivation Center Spread Joy with 3rd Annual December to Remember Toy Drive!

In a heartwarming display of generosity and community spirit, CMHA (Community Mental Health Association) and the Training and Motivation Center (TMC) celebrated the success of their 3rd Annual December to Remember Toy Drive. This festive event brought together individuals from all walks of life to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families in need.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of contributors, the organizations were able to collect and distribute hundreds of toys, spreading holiday cheer to those who needed it the most. The collaborative efforts of CMHA staff, TMC, and generous sponsors played a crucial role in making this special evening possible.

A shining moment during the event was the dedication and hard work of volunteers who contributed their time and energy to ensure the success of the Toy Drive. Their meticulous organization and the beautifully displayed toys at the Social Club added an extra touch of magic to the occasion.

The December to Remember Toy Drive not only provided tangible gifts for children but also created lasting memories of joy and kindness. It served as a reminder of the incredible impact that a united community can have in making the holiday season brighter for those facing challenges.

As we express our gratitude to everyone who played a part in this heartwarming initiative, we extend a special shoutout to the volunteers, whose dedication and enthusiasm brought the spirit of giving to life. The success of the 3rd Annual December to Remember Toy Drive is a testament to the power of community collaboration and the warmth that arises when individuals come together to make a positive difference.

In the spirit of the season, CMHA and TMC look forward to continuing their commitment to fostering a sense of community and spreading joy in the years to comeToy Dirve

CVS Health Foundation invests in CMHA to support Access to Healthcare

CVS Health Foundation invests in CMHA to support Access to Healthcare

CMHA was awarded the CVS Health Foundation grant as part of its 2023 Hometown Fund, which supports the communities the company’s headquarters call home. The $25,000 grant will help CMHA to serve and support our Waterbury child and family programs.

“When people have access to consistent health care and are equipped with the supporting services like affordable housing and healthy food, they are better positioned to improve their health,” said Sheryl Burke, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer, CVS Health. “Our Hometown Fund grantees selected this year serve as examples of the ongoing work that is the focus of our philanthropic programs.”

These funds are part of $2 million in grants from the CVS Health Foundation awarded to nonprofits throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts to help bolster organizations working toward improving health outcomes and creating a healthier, more equitable future for all. The CVS Health Foundation concentrated its investments in organizations working to increase access to health care services for underinsured or uninsured populations and improving health outcomes for individuals with chronic diseases – with a heightened focus on heart disease and mental health. It also awarded grants to organizations addressing health-related social needs, including affordable housing, workforce training and food insecurity initiatives.

The CVS Health Foundation Hometown Fund was created in 2022 to support CVS Health’s neighbors and local communities who are working toward improving health outcomes locally. For more information about the Hometown Fund, click here.

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CMHA Joins the Halloween Fun at Downtown New Britain's Trick or Treat Safe Zone

New Britain, Connecticut - Halloween night in Downtown New Britain was a spine-tingling experience for hundreds of families who flocked to the city's 10th annual Trick or Treat Safe Zone. This community event, designed to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for families, saw CMHA enthusiastically participating as Vampire Sponsors, delighting trick-or-treaters with an abundance of candy.

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A Fang-tastic Halloween Celebration

The 10th annual Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone, hosted by Downtown New Britain, was a resounding success, offering a bewitching experience to local families. Two downtown streets were temporarily closed off to traffic, transforming the area into a pedestrian-friendly haven for costumed kids and their parents.

Candy Galore from Over 30 Businesses

One of the highlights of the event was the opportunity for trick-or-treaters to collect candy from over 30 local businesses, including CMHA. These businesses generously participated, ensuring that kids of all ages left with bags full of sweets. CMHA, as the Vampire Sponsor, went all out to create a spooky and inviting atmosphere, making it an unforgettable experience for the little ghouls and goblins.

Safety at the Forefront

Safety was a top priority at the Trick or Treat Safe Zone. The streets were well-lit, creating a friendly and welcoming ambiance for families to enjoy the Halloween festivities. Police officers were stationed throughout the area to provide an additional layer of security and ensure a stress-free experience for all attendees.

Community Spirit Shines

The Trick or Treat Safe Zone not only provided a fantastic Halloween experience but also showcased the vibrant sense of community that characterizes Downtown New Britain. Families came together to celebrate the holiday in a safe and inclusive environment, fostering a strong sense of togetherness and unity within the city.

CMHA's Commitment to the Community

CMHA's participation as Vampire Sponsors at this event underscores the organization's unwavering commitment to the community's well-being. By joining in the Halloween festivities, CMHA continues to support and engage with the local community, reinforcing its dedication to mental health and overall community health.

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