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Grant from Foundation for Community Health to Integrate Care

CMHA received a grant of $81,020 from the Foundation for Community Health to integrate behavioral health care with primary health care for children and families in the northwest corner of Connecticut, making treatment more accessible.

Sharon Hospital’s Regional Healthcare Associates Pediatrics will refer appropriate patients to CMHA’s licensed psychotherapists embedded within their own practice, and CMHA’s therapists will provide counseling services and will collaborate and consult with the pediatricians.


“This is the way that care should be provided, but it is so seldom available to the community,” said CMHA President & CEO Raymond Gorman. “Studies have found that 27% of pediatric patients may have behavioral health issues, and we hope that this innovative and integrative approach will help close the treatment gap for children and families. This method of integrating care is more efficient and will produce the best health outcomes.”

The Foundation for Community Health is a private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the residents of the greater Harlem Valley in New York and the northern Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. To accomplish its mission, FCH makes grants, conducts research, provides technical assistance, and supports collaborations and advocacy.

Above: Foundation for Community Health Executive Director Nancy Heaton (l) meets with CMHA VP of External Relations Melinda Smolkin (r) to discuss CMHA’s grant award.

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