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September Staff Spotlight 2022




John Nazarian - Medical Director

To provide the vital care that we do, it's important to have a strong team, and know that we can rely on each other. Dr. Nazarian actively assists whenever or wherever there is a need, and is known for his caring, patient, and even-keeled ways. Thank you Dr. Nazarian for supporting our staff and being their 'solid ground' !


Maritza Rios Colon - Clinician

The little things make a big difference. Maritza Rios-Colon is quick to help others but also quick to shine a light on their accomplishments, spreading positivity and boosting morale as she goes. Her selflessness, humility, & constant kind words make her invaluable to her team and the agency. Thank YOU Maritza!!


Megan Fisher - Lead Employment Specialist

From early on, Megan Fisher showed herself to be a leader and role model in the Vocational program. Megan co-leads the new Creative Corner Art Store with YAS staff, and is always willing to lend a hand, whether it's with client support, committee meetings, or special events. Thank you, Megan for everything you do!

What Does it Mean to be an LMHA?

 What does it mean to be an LMHA? As a Local Mental Health Authority for our region, CMHA offers a wide range of therapeutic programs and crisis intervention services and is entrusted with providing these life-saving behavioral health care services to individuals who may otherwise not receive the quality treatment they need and deserve.

The below video segment features Alyssa Hunter, CMHA's Assistant Vice President of Intensive Programming, as she discusses the vital work CMHA does in our communities.

Click here to watch the full video and learn more!


August Staff Spotlight 2022

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Edward Ford - Program Coordinator

By helping individuals improve their quality of life, CMHA helps to better our community, so it's especially wonderful when our colleagues are publicly recognized for their efforts. Congratulations to Ed Ford on being recognized at this years' 100 Men of Color Awards Gala! Ed is always thinking about how he can improve the lives of others, and hopes to inspire the next generation of community leaders who will go on to make a difference - just as he has! Well deserved, Ed!


Diego Alvarez - Clinician

CMHA prides itself on being a part of the communities we serve, and it takes special people to continue that effort for the benefit of our clients. Diego Alvarez has brought great enthusiasm to the Waterbury office, and consistently finds ways to get more involved - helping to lead our SMART Recovery groups, engaging with elected officials, and promoting our services to the greater public! Thank you so much, Diego - and congrats on your 1 year anniversary!


William Lonsdale - Program Coordinator

CMHA's Residential Teams do incredible work every day for our clients, and they also do incredible things to support each other. Bill Lonsdale has been leading by example, going above and beyond to help out staff across residential programs, stepping into direct care roles as needed. Bill always puts the client's needs first while finding fun, new things to do. Thank you for everything you accomplish each and every day, Bill!


Beating the Heat with a Block Party

Beating the Heat with a Block Party

Waterbury Ambassadors at Block PartyCMHA's Waterbury Ambassadors were excited to participate in the annual community Block Party organized by the Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterburyand the City of Waterbury's Bureau of Recreation Services.
CMHA Ambassadors had a great time engaging with fellow providers and community members while discussing our Waterbury-based programs for children, families, and adults. Our Ambassadors enjoyed great live music provided by Tambor y Canto and had some fun in the nearby Splash Pad, which was a perfect way to beat the heat!
To learn more about CMHA's Waterbury-based programs, like Parenting Support Services and the Extended Day Treatment Program, visit!
Child Health & Development Institute Recognizes CMHA

Child Health & Development Institute Recognizes CMHA

CHDI Logo 1Each and every day CMHA's staff provide the individualized, person-centered treatment that our clients need and deserve - but it's not every day they are recognized by an external agency for their great work!
CMHA is proud to announce that the Child Health & Development Institute of Connecticut has recognized our MATCH-ADTC clinicians for their exceptional levels of engagement and commitment to the fidelity of the model.
CMHA's MATCH-ADTC team’s hard work resulted in their having the highest rate of completion across the State network for the Clinical Global Impressions (CGI) Severity Scale as well as the CGI Improvement Scale..
On behalf of all the individuals you've helped - Congratulations and Thank You to all the MATCH-ADTC Clinicians: Amanda Ferrari, Helen St. Germain, Anna Lee, Haley McDonald, Kimberly Sullivan, Diego Peralta, Maritza Rios-Colon, and Elizabeth Sesto!



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