DMHAS Commissioner Visits CMHA Social Club
CMHA had the pleasure of welcoming Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon to our Team Time Social Club twice in November.
The Commissioner stopped by for a tour earlier in the month and then came back for our annual Thanksgiving luncheon, where she even pitched in to help our Senior Management team serve food!
CMHA: The Spirit of Caring
In celebration of CMHA's 40 Year Anniversary, these two videos were shown at our Annual Meeting on October 15, 2015.
Thank you to Annalisa Russell-Smith of Local Planet Productions for creating CMHA: The Spirit of Caring,
which highlights the inspiring stories of CMHA's clients.
This film features interviews with employees and colleagues past and present who discuss
CMHA's history and impact on behavioral health in Connecticut.
Friends at Hovin Partners Give to CMHA Kids
For eight years, Hovin Underwriting Partners of Simsbury has generously brightened back-to-school time for needy children by donating backpacks filled with school supplies to CMHA's Child & Family Services program in New Britain.
We're grateful to everyone at Hovin for their continued generosity!
CMHA's Eva Ruiz; Bette and Jerry Holmes; CMHA's Ashley Ray, President & CEO Ray Gorman, and Marie Mormile-Mehler; Katie Garcia and Jan Vincent of Hovin.
Real Stories from our Clients and Staff
Featuring clients and staff from our Adult Outpatient Services and Social Club program, these videos show why services are so needed for so many in our communities.
Impending Budget Cuts Could be Devastating for CMHA
CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman recently testified at the state Appropriations Committee Public Hearing regarding proposed budget cuts that could be devastating for CMHA, other providers, and our clients and communities. We'd like to share some thoughts and excerpts from his testimony:
Governor Malloy's latest budget has proposed cuts in nearly every area of health and human services. They are probably the deepest cuts in a generation and they come barely two years after Sandy Hook tragedies-after we promised to do a better job in mental health treatment.
These cuts will surely force community based behavioral health treatment providers to severely reduce and close treatment options to the most vulnerable persons in our state who have nowhere else to go.
With current Medicaid reimbursement rate, providers like CMHA are already losing $110 per hour for a therapy session and nearly $350 for a psychiatrist visit. Multi-million dollar cuts to these rates, coupled with proposed cuts of anywhere from $240,000-$320,000 to our DMHAS grants, will force CMHA to severely limit access to care for the most ill patients in Connecticut.
We urge you to let your legislators know that these drastic cuts are completely unacceptable. Click here to contact your legislator.