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President & CEO Ray Gorman Urges Legislators to Reject Proposed Budget Cuts

CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman testified on February 15 before members of the Appropriations Committee of the General Assembly at the State Capitol regarding Governor Malloy’s proposed budget cuts to mental health and substance abuse treatment services.

Representing not only CMHA, but also the 120 agency members of the CT Community Providers Association (CCPA), Gorman voiced concerns and warned of impending reduced staff, reduced care, and rising operation costs leading to an erosion of services if the budget passes as proposed and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) grants are reduced by approximately 90%.

Most of CMHA’s clients are unable to afford to pay for care, and budget cuts will ultimately result in turning clients away because, as Gorman said, “Medicaid rates for outpatient services only cover 50-60% of the cost of care.”

“Behavioral health care providers have experienced an entire decade without appropriate increases to their funding amidst rising demand for services from the expansion of Medicaid, the recession, and the changes in the commercial insurance market.” Gorman said. “As an industry and a state, we also face the challenge of how to respond to another 50,000 new Medicaid recipients under the Affordable Care Act, with a behavioral health care system that cannot meet current demand.”

Gorman closed by urging the General Assembly to reject the cuts and to examine in depth what is needed to ensure that everyone in Connecticut has access to behavioral health services.

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.

Read more: Grant from Foundation for Community Health to Integrate Care

CMHA Is a Tobacco Free Agency

(CMHA) celebrated becoming an entirely tobacco free agency with a kickoff event
on January 7 at the agency’s headquarters in New Britain. The program included testimonials from clients, information on quitting smoking and respiratory health, and a healthy lunch.  As of January 7, 2013, all of CMHA’s 17 locations across central and northwest Connecticut will be smoke-free for clients and staff.

Left: President & CEO Ray Gorman (l) and Tobacco Free Advisory
Committee Chairperson/Adult Outpatient Psychologist Vamsi Koneru.


Above: The Tobacco Free Advisory Committee.

CMHA Attends Legislative Breakfast

CMHA staff attended the Region 8 Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) Legislative Breakfast at CCARC in New Britain on December 17.  The event gave nonprofit leaders the opportunity to discuss state budget cuts and other critical issues with area legislators.

CT State Representative Catherine Abercrombie with CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman Claudette Pirruccio of CMHA’s Team Time Social Club, CT State Representative Whit Betts, and CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman


CT Community Foundation Supports Waterbury Program

The Connecticut Community Foundation donated $8,000 to benefit CMHA's Waterbury Child & Family Services new Outpatient Behavioral Health program. The funds will help to provide individual and group therapy to children who are at risk of hospitalization or institutionalization and are transitioning from more intensive services.

CT Community Foundation President & CEO Paula Van Ness (left) presented a check to Waterbury Child & Family Services Program Coordinator Suzanne DeRosa (center) and CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman on December 17 at CMHA’s Waterbury office.

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