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CMHA Receives $15,000 from the Draper Foundation Fund

The Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, recently awarded $15,000 to CMHA's Child & Family Services in Torrington to support care for young clients affected by trauma.

Nearly half of the children served by CMHA have a history of trauma or abuse, and trauma during childhood is a key causal factor of mental illness. Treatment at a young age can prevent issues later in life, helping to break the cycle of violence. The grant will enable CMHA’s Child & Family Services to provide specialized trauma-informed care for children and youth from the Draper Foundation Fund service area (Torrington, Winsted/Winchester, New Hartford, Barkhamsted, Norfolk, Hartland, and Colebrook).

“So many of our clients struggle with emotional trauma that can exacerbate their mental health issues,” said CMHA Northwest Center Clinical Coordinator Diane Desmarais. “We’re grateful to the Draper Foundation Fund for their support of new and proven trauma-informed treatment methods that will surely change the lives of our clients and contribute to their success and recovery.” 

"CMHA Strong" at Annual Meeting

CMHA hosted the agency’s 2014 Annual Meeting at The Baltic on November 18.
More than 125 staff, community leaders, funders and friends joined us, along with special guest Dr. William Petit. 

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CMHA Champions Awardees with Ray Gorman (l): Todd DeGroff of
Beacon Prescriptions, David Occhialini of Reno Properties, Thomas Cook of Farmington Bank, Ralph Carbone of CT Computer Service, and Rolin Schuster of Schuster Driscoll.


President & CEO Ray Gorman with
Dr. William Petit.



Generous Hovin Partners Gives to CMHA Kids

For seven years, Hovin Underwriting Partners of Simsbury has generously brightened back-to-school time for needy children by donating backpacks filled with school supplies to Community Mental Health Affiliates’ (CMHA) Child & Family Services program in New Britain, which provides behavioral health care for families who often cannot afford to pay for treatment.


Pictured are Hovin staff members Betty Holmes and Jan Vincent (top left and second from left), Katie Garcia (fourth from left), Hovin President and CMHA Board member Jerry Holmes (fourth from right) with President & CEO Ray Gorman and Child & Family Services staff members.

SAAC Annual Night of Recovery

Night of Recovery 2014 Flyer

CMHA Receives $25,000 from Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

CMHA received $25,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain to support our Child & Family Services program in New Britain. The funds will help the program incorporate sensory-based treatment approaches and support the development of a sensory integration room as part of CMHA’s holistic therapeutic approach to treating children and adolescents who struggle with trauma symptoms.


From left: Child & Family Services Outpatient Services Program Coordinator Nancy dos Santos, President & CEO Ray Gorman, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB) President Jim Williamson, CFGNB Grants Committee Chairman Cori Humes, CFGNB Grants Committee Member Paul Zagorsky, and CFGNB Board Chairman Leo Gagne.

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