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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 Receives Accreditation from Joint Commission

CMHA is pleased to announce that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.  

CMHA is only the seventh Joint Commission accredited Behavioral Health Home in the entire country and the first agency in Connecticut and New England to achieve this certification, a hallmark of innovation. The Behavioral Health Home is a special credential for agencies that excel in providing integrated primary and behavioral health care.

CMHA underwent a rigorous on-site survey during which compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment and services, leadership, and environment of care. On-site observations and interviews also were conducted.  Out of 1,450+ regular behavioral health standards, CMHA had just one minor finding.

Even with fiscal constraints and increased client demands, we hold ourselves to these higher standards and go above and beyond by seeking Joint Commission accreditation.  It’s another example of CMHA’s commitment to setting new standards of excellent, compassionate care.


Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program currently accredits more than 2,100 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

"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

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