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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.

CMHA Secures $8 Million in Grants to Expand Community Behavioral Health Services

Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) has been granted two Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) grants by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These grants, each totaling $1 million annually for four years, are poised to transform and enhance the delivery of comprehensive behavioral health services in Connecticut. CMHA's commitment to expanding its services in New Britain and establishing a new CCBHC in Waterbury reflects a dedication to addressing the mental health needs of the community and eliminating barriers to vital care. CMHA is the only agency in the state to receive TWO CCBHC designations in FY24. 

The Purpose of CCBHCs:
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) represent a vital component of the mental health landscape, with a primary mission to revolutionize community behavioral health systems. By eradicating obstacles to life-saving care and providing comprehensive, coordinated behavioral health services to all individuals, CCBHCs play a pivotal role in ensuring that communities have access to essential mental health support. CMHA's latest achievements mark a significant stride toward achieving these objectives.

Expanding Services in New Britain:
The first of CMHA's CCBHC grants focuses on the expansion of services in the New Britain service area. This expansion aims to address the evolving needs of the community by introducing several key initiatives:

  • Enhancing Services: The CCBHC will bolster existing services to cater to a broader spectrum of behavioral health needs.
  • Case Management Services for the Arabic Community: Recognizing the diversity within the community, CMHA will provide specialized case management services to the Arabic-speaking population.
  • Older Adult Care Team: With an aging population that has unique behavioral health requirements, CMHA will introduce an Older Adult Care Team to provide targeted support.
  • Connection to Local Hospitals: Similar to the New Britain CCBHC, this new facility will establish strong links with local hospitals, ensuring a seamless transition from inpatient care to ongoing behavioral health services.
  • Child and Family Programming: Addressing the specific needs of children and families remains a core component of CMHA's mission to improve mental health support for all community members

Creating a CCBHC in Waterbury:
The second CCBHC grant is dedicated to establishing a brand-new CCBHC in the Waterbury service area. This initiative aims to address the unique needs of this community:

  • School-Based Behavioral Health Services: The CCBHC grant will facilitate the provision of behavioral health services to children and families within the school setting, making care more accessible and integrated into daily life.
  • Enhancing Support for Veterans: CMHA is committed to improving its services for veterans, ensuring they have the mental health support they need.
  • Connection to Local Hospitals: Streamlining access to care, the CCBHC will establish strong connections with local hospitals, ensuring a smooth transition from hospital care to community-based services.
  • Community Integration Specialists: These specialists will actively engage with the community, fostering awareness about mental health issues and increasing access to care.

CMHA's successful acquisition of two CCBHC grants represents a significant step toward enhancing and expanding community behavioral health services in Connecticut. By addressing the unique needs of the New Britain and Waterbury service areas, CMHA is taking tangible steps to eliminate barriers to essential mental health care and transform the landscape of community behavioral health services. The commitment to comprehensive, coordinated care for all reflects a dedication to the well-being of the community and a promising future for mental health support in Connecticut.

CMHA Celebrates with Community Partners at 2023 Annual Meeting in Bristol

Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) leadership, board of directors, community partners, and dignitaries celebrated at the agency’s Autumn Soiree Annual Meeting on Friday, October 13, at the Doubletree in Bristol.

Headquartered in New Britain but originally founded in Bristol in 1975, CMHA returned to its roots for this year’s event. Bristol Chief of Police Brian Gould and Bristol Hospital CEO Kurt Barwis gave opening remarks. Dr. Catherine Carbone, Bristol Superintendent of Schools, was the keynote speaker.

CMHA President & CEO Raymond J. Gorman and agency leaders presented Community Partner and Champion Awards to those who made a difference for our communities in 2023:

  • Training & Motivation Center (TMC)
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • New Life II  
  • Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol
  • Beccah Eldridge- Shepley Bulfinch architects
  • Kenneth Johnson- TBI Construction 
  • Paul Hinsch- CT Office of Policy Management 
  • CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services 

To cap off the evening, CMHA Board Chairman Todd DeGroff presented the annual Chairman’s Awards to the individuals and teams that most embody the Core Values of CMHA: Commitment to Integrity, Spirit of Caring, Focus on Continuous Improvement and Focus on Fiscal Responsibility.

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Bristol Chief of Police Brian Gould with Tim and Torrence Conaway of New Britain’s Training and Motivation Center (TMC), which received a CMHA Community Partner Award at CMHA’s Autumn Soiree Annual Meeting on October 13 in Bristol.

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Bristol Superintendent of Schools Dr. Catherine Carbone addresses the crowd at CMHA’s Autumn Soiree Annual Meeting on October 13 in Bristol.

Summer at CMHA!

CMHA Healing Dragons place 1st and 3rd at Hartford Riverfront's Dragon Boat and Asian Festival!

On Saturday August 19, 2023, the CMHA Healing Dragons took on the waters at the Hartford Riverfront's Dragon Boat and Asian Festival. 🚣‍♀️🐉

Our incredible team, consisting of more than 20 dedicated CMHA Staff members, went head-to-head with various community organizations.

The results? Pure excellence! 🥇🥉
We proudly clinched the 1st and 3rd spots, posting remarkable times of 4:02.44, 4:21.64, and 4:06.36! 🏆💨

A massive shoutout to our fantastic staff who showed up in full force to show their support the team! 🙌

NBC Connecticut Video: https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/dragon-boat-and-asian-festival-draws-hundreds-to-hartfords-riverfront/3089041/

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🌄 Lake Compounce Agency Picnic: A Day to Remember! 🎊

In August, our entire agency gathered at Lake Compounce for a day of excitement! From scavenger hunts to thrilling rides and delicious food, the event was a blast! Here's to more great times ahead! 🚀🎊🍔

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Breaking Barriers with CMHA: Inclusive Mental Health Care for All

Breaking Barriers with CMHA: Inclusive Mental Health Care for All 🧠💙✨

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Join us on a journey of celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in mental health care with CMHA’s Diversity Committee! Watch as our committee shares what DEI means to them in one word, highlighting the power of equality, respect, and acceptance. Meet Ed, our diversity chair, who shares insights into our mission and the importance of accessible and inclusive mental health services.

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