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July 2021 Staff Spotlight

July 2021 Staff Spotlight



Czes Dzierlatka, Lead Peer Recovery Coach

A staple of CMHA since starting with the agency in June of 2019, Czes has recently been promoted to the position of Lead Peer Recovery Coach. Czes' engaging, personable nature has helped countless clients access and stay in treatment. He looks forward to providing leadership support to his fellow Peers and developing more peer-led groups in his new role!


Raymond J. Gorman, President & CEO

Peer Support is critical to the recovery centered services that CMHA provides. That is why Gorman, a staunch advocate for quality, accessible care throughout his years of experience in the public and private sector, has accepted a position as an appointed member of Governor Ned Lamont’s Task Force To Study Peer Support Services.


Ali Saleh, Recovery Specialist

CMHA aims to provide compassionate, culturally aware services to all who enter our doors. As a CCBHC (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic), we continue to expand our ability to serve diverse communities. Ali Saleh, Recovery Specialist is actively helping to coordinate those efforts with our Muslim & Arabic-speaking community members, recently providing leaders of the Attaqwa Mosque in New Britain with a tour of 233 Main Street. Thanks Ali!

Kensington Gardens, Coming May 2022

Kensington Gardens, Coming May 2022

CMHA has provided 24/7 residential care to some of the state's most vulnerable individuals for over two decades. Our clients deserve the best care available, and that is why CMHA is incredibly proud to unveil Kensington Gardens, the future home of two of our residential programs.
President & CEO Raymond J. Gorman, while showing the space to State Representative William A. Petit, Jr., CMHA Board Members, and client families, remarked: “Family members and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services have entrusted us with the care of these individuals, and we’re so pleased to be able to provide them with a new home that’s spacious, welcoming, and tailored to their needs.”
 “I’ve been working with CMHA’s residential programs for 17 years," said Ann Lavoie, Program Officer, "and these clients are very near and dear to my heart. The sense of pride and ownership the residents will have as they collaborate with us on the design and transition process from start to finish [to create this] beautiful new facility with more space and privacy, will have such a positive impact on their recovery."
CMHA plans to remodel the former convalescent home on Clinic Drive with the help of Shepley Bulfinch architects of Hartford and TBI Construction of New Britain. Build out and construction will begin next month with a goal of May 2022 for full occupancy.Porcher and Lavoie reviewing plans with conservators
This project has been long in the making, and would not have been possible without the dedication and incredible efforts of CMHA's Residential staff and Senior Leadership Team. Thanks to their collective efforts, we now look forward to designing this space and watching it transform into a beautiful, welcoming facility.
Read more about CMHA's latest project in The New Britain Herald here.
June 2021 Staff Spotlight

June 2021 Staff Spotlight



Christopher Porcher, Director II

At this years' 100 Men of Color Awards Gala, there was only one Chris Porcher - and several CMHA supporters! In recognition of his outstanding community contributions and dedication to all the people he serves in his capacity at CMHA, Porcher was presented with an official declaration from the State of Connecticut. Congratulations Chris!


Amy Moylan, CCFS Recovery Specialist

In June especially, Amy Moylan has represented CMHA at numerous community events, educating people about our services, domestic violence awareness, and the importance of behavioral health. She has furthered CMHA's standing among area organizations and consistently goes above and beyond when engaging with the community. Thank you Amy!


The Events Committee

The Events Committee certainly set a new standard with our new and improved company picnic: The Staff Appreciation Summer BBQ! Held at the Tunxis Country Club Pavilion, it was a fun, relaxed event that celebrated everything CMHA's dedicated staff have achieved and overcome in this past year. Everyone enjoyed the music, raffle baskets, games, & superlatives - and we already can't wait for next year!

Mental Health Awareness 2021

Mental Health Awareness 2021

There are always going to be things in life that are out of our control, but what we can do is focus on the things that are within our ability to change. That is why, throughout Mental Health Awareness month, CMHA focused on #Hope, #Resilience, #Growth, and #Recovery. As part of this, we made sure to plan a variety of little activities and events for staff, clients, and our community!
Early on in May, our Waterbury offices hosted a Virtual Game Night for children and their families. Parents and Guardians were welcome to stay for a special session at the end which focused on addressing their own needs, the importance of self-care, and how to practice mindfulness with their kids. 
 Compliments Table
In New Britain, CMHA Ambassadors helped run a pop-up "Compliments Table" outside the agency's 233 Main Street headquarters to spread some positivity and kindness. Staff gave out motivational stickers, agency information, and 'free' compliments to people walking in the downtown - and even received some in return! 
"This is amazing - I love seeing you all out here in the downtown, it's really meaningful and just wonderful!"
Members of the Team Time Social Club helped us get into the spirit of Mental Health Awareness month by designing and painting a wonderful canvas that is up in the display windows of 233 Main Street. Their messages and illustrations on Hope, Recovery, and Wellness are truly a one-of-a-kind piece, and we look forward to displaying their project permanently at the Team TIme Social Club!
We also made sure to show our appreciation for the true heroes at CMHA - our dedicated, compassionate staff! All Residential locations received gift baskets, put together by the Events Committee, which included all sorts of snacks, candy, gourmet tea and coffee from local shops, as well as gift cards for individual staff, across shifts to treat themselves. 
Every location at CMHA was also surprised with a visit from the Ice Cream truck! A special thanks to CMHA staff member Travone Franklin, Residential Monitor and his wife Jennifer for helping to coordinate these visits and give all our staff a nice, cool  treat!
Overall, we're very grateful for the numerous individuals that helped to coordinate the special events and surprises we held for Mental Health Awareness month. Every day, our staff go above and beyond to make sure that those individuals in need of our services receive the quality care they deserve, and the least we can do is give our thanks and show our appreciation! 
 Shark with Ice Cream Truck at Russells
The Spott Unlimited & CMHA Join Forces

The Spott Unlimited & CMHA Join Forces

CMHA is proud to announce a new collaboration with The Spott Unlimited, Inc. (The Spott) to provide Recovery Support Services for Greater New Britain residents struggling with behavioral health or substance use disorders.

The Spott Unlimited, Inc. is a nonprofit recovery-based service operating out of The Spottswood African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in New Britain. This community-oriented collaboration will include the placement of 8-10 Recovery Assistants at The Spott. Trained in community trauma response and suicide prevention by the New Britain EMS Citizens Academy and Amplify’s Congregational Assistance Program (CAP), the Recovery Assistants will be overseen by a Certified Recovery Coach who is already part of The Spott Unlimited community.

Together, they will provide individuals at The Spott with one-on-one support and linkages to services and resources such as housing, clothing, toiletries, and food. The Recovery Coach and Assistants will connect individuals to outpatient or inpatient care for their substance use or behavioral health concerns, with CMHA available to conduct assessments and accept referrals if needed. As always, any individual ready to begin their path to Recovery is welcome at CMHA.

Describing the church’s mission and sense of purpose, Reverend Samuel C. Blanks said “It’s a matter of heart for us, the people who’ve been working in the trenches. We can reach people where they are, we’ve got the approach for it, and we can serve the community in a way that is needed, but not always addressed.”

Dr. Marie M. Spivey and Michele Stewart Copes of System for Education, Equity, & Transition (SEET LLC), have partnered with CMHA on several previous initiatives and will provide oversight, clinical supervision, and administrative reporting for this innovative project.
“I don’t believe anyone else is doing this,” said Stewart Copes, “I really think what we are doing here in New Britain, [partnering with faith-based organizations], is groundbreaking.”
To learn more about CMHA's services, from therapy and support groups to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), please contact the agency at 860.224.8192 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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