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The Importance of African American Women in Leadership

The Diversity Committee recently hosted its annual Black History Month event, and this year's topic centered around the importance of African American women in leadership. The event featured our keynote speaker and CMHA Board Member, Veronica T. DeLandro, who shared insights on the remarkable contributions and impact of African American women in leadership roles.

The event was an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn about the vital role that African American women have played in shaping our society and to reflect on the progress that has been made in terms of equality and representation. It was also a great reminder that there is still much work to be done to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their race or gender, have access to the same opportunities and are given the chance to succeed.


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Veronica T. Delandro educating about past African-American women in leadership.

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American Savings Foundation Supports CMHA

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We are grateful and happy to announce that The American Savings Foundation has awarded CMHA a $50,000 block grant to support our latest project, Kensington Gardens.

"This generous award from the American Savings Foundation will enable us to purchase furnishings for Kensington Gardens, a new facility that will support the behavioral health needs of our clients in an environment that bolsters their recovery,” said Grace Cavallo, CMHA Chief Operating Officer.

Read more in our prepared press release here.

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CMHA Staff Go ‘Blue for Bristol’

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CMHA works closely with our local law enforcement officials to better care for our clients and community. After the tragic loss of Bristol Police Officers Hamzy and DeMonte in October 2022, CMHA staff took the initiative to go "Blue for Bristol" in support of the Bristol Police Heroes Fund. CMHA pledged to match every donation made by staff, and when CMHA recently visited the Bristol Police Department, we were able to present Chief Brian Gould with our $2,500 donation.

"Thank you" to the entire Bristol Police Dept. team for all you do every day, and we look forward to further supporting the Bristol community with you.

Pictured: VP of Strategy & Innovation Chris Porcher, Assistant Clinical Director Sharlene Duplessis, CMHA Board Member & New Britain PD Detective Jen Yarsawich, Community Engagement Coordinator Meaghan Gorman, and Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould.

CMHA & TMC’s 2nd Annual Toy Giveaway

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CMHA and TMC partnered again this year to support children and families in our community with the 2nd Annual December to Remember Toy Drive. CMHA & TMC are fortunate to have so many community partners, friends, and supportive businesses in our circle.

Thanks to their generosity, CMHA and TMC received hundreds of toys through individual donations and the Jingle & Mingle collection event at The Assembly Room in downtown New Britain.

CMHA’s Team Time Social Club hosted the toy distribution event on December 22nd, where children and families in need of a little holiday cheer could enjoy music, food, games, and – of course – receive toys. CMHA would like to thank all of our staff, the team from TMC, and our sponsors for helping to make this new tradition such a success once again. Special thanks go out to Tanya Banas and the MDFT Team at CMHA (pictured above) for organizing, getting the Social Club ready for our guests, and displaying the toys so beautifully - you all did amazing! 


Ongoing Adderall shortage is negatively impacting households across Connecticut

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The ongoing Adderall shortage is negatively impacting households across Connecticut, as people continue to struggle to fill prescriptions for their ADHD medication. CMHA’s Medical Director, Dr. John Nazarian, and CMHA Chairman of the Board Todd DeGroff, owner of Beacon Prescriptions New Britain, were able to share their thoughts and expertise on this pressing issue with Dave Peck of NBC Connecticut News.

As Dr. Nazarian explained, "Patients from all over the Hartford area, including Manchester, Bristol, and Enfield, have all experienced the shortage throughout the state." Todd DeGroff added, "It's affecting every pharmacy in the country."

We encourage those struggling with the shortage to work directly with their healthcare providers and pharmacies to manage their medication needs.

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