Senator Blumenthal Hosts Opiate Crisis Roundtable at CMHA
CMHA was honored to host U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal as he convened a group of panelists featuring CMHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Atkins, Psychiatrist Dr. Meg Chaplin, SAAC Director Rob Rudewicz, youth in recovery, educators and other experts to discuss measures to combat Connecticut's opiate addiction crisis.
Dr Atkins, Ray Gorman, Sen. Blumenthal, and Dr. Chaplin.
Panelists share their insights with the Senator.
Holiday Cheer for CMHA Kids
On December 21, CMHA board member Karen Cote and her family and friends threw a festive holiday party for children in our Child & Family Services New Britain program.
For the past five years, this group of outstanding volunteers have made the holidays special for children who don't always have reason to celebrate. From food, games and a visit from Santa to a customized bag of gifts for each client, the volunteers always go out of their way to make each child feel special. The event has become a welcomed tradition for CMHA staff and clients.
Grants and Good News
CMHA is proud to announce recent grants awards to benefit our central and northwest Connecticut clients and communities.
The Draper Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of Northwest CT awarded $22,000 for renovations and security system updates to our Torrington Child & Family Services offices.
The Child Health & Development Institute (CHDI) granted $12,000 to CMHA for the MATCH (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems) learning collaborative.
The Department of Public Health will fund $194,000 over the next two years ($97,000/year) for tobacco prevention and education via our Substance Abuse Action Council's (SAAC) Local Prevention Councils.
The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain awarded $20,000 to provide case management services at our winter homeless shelter in New Britain.
Thought Provoking Op Ed Pieces by Dr. Charles Atkins
The Hartford Courant published three insightful opinion pieces by CMHA's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Atkins. Please take a moment to read Dr. Atkins' thoughts on Connecticut's opiate epidemic and mental illness issues.