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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.


See why CMHA staff support the agency:

Open House at CMHA's New Child & Family Services Site

CMHA hosted a well-attended Open House on March 14 at the new home of our Child & Family Services programs at
125 Whiting Street in New Britain.  Community partners, local school and government officials, funders, and staff toured the site and heard from CMHA Psychiatrist Dr. Manzoor Usman, who gave a brief talk on his treatment philosophy, trends in mental health care, and client successes. 

See more photos here.

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Child & Family Services Waterbury Clinician Christina Miranda, Director of Grants & Planning Daria Keyes, and Phyllis Kindelan, Cori Humes, and Joeline Wruck of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. 
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President & CEO Ray Gorman and Psychiatrist Dr. Manzoor Usman address the crowd.





CMHA Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Atkins

CMHA is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Atkins, MD, as the agency’s Chief Medical Officer 

A board-certified psychiatrist, clinical trainer, and widely-published author, Dr. Atkins brings diverse and extensive administrative and clinical experience to CMHA. He is on the volunteer faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and currently serves as an attending physician and psychiatrist at Waterbury Hospital Health Center. Dr. Atkins previously served as Chief of Professional Services and Medical Director for the Western CT Mental Health Network (DMHAS), and was a prior medical director for the department of behavioral health at Waterbury Hospital.

In addition to his published books in the field of psychiatry, Dr. Atkins is the author of numerous mysteries, psychological thrillers, and science fiction novels. Dr. Atkins is a graduate of New York University and Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at Yale. He will be based at our administrative headquarters in New Britain.



Making Sure Our Voices Are Heard

CMHA staff and clients gathered with representatives from other local service organizations for a Legislative Breakfast at Central CT Association for Retarded Citizens (CCARC) in New Britain.
The event provided a forum for agencies and clients to voice concerns, share insights, and engage in dialogue with legislators regarding the state of affairs of health and human services in Connecticut. More photos on CMHA's Facebook page here.

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New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart (l) with CMHA Director of Community Support Services Cheryl Sims-Coleman.

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