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Video Showcases CMHA Client Success Stories

A new video, which premiered at CMHA's Annual Meeting in November, features three CMHA clients who graciously accepted an invitation to share their inspiring stories on camera.

CMHA Celebrates with Community Leaders at 2013 Annual Meeting

More than 165 guests, including community leaders, state legislators, donors, staff and funders, attended Community Mental Health Affiliates’ (CMHA) Annual Meeting on November 19 at The Baltic in Berlin, CT. The event featured CT State Representative Cathy Abercrombie as a guest speaker and video testimonials from clients whose lives have been changed by CMHA.  President & CEO Ray Gorman and Chairman of the Board Nick Pettinico announced 2014 Board of Directors officers and presented awards to staff and individuals who have made a difference in the lives of CMHA’s clients over the past year.

Click here for the entire photo set.

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Bunny Donahue, new board member Bill Riiska, and new Board Chairman Michael Lynch.
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Outgoing Board Chairman Nick Pettinico and new board member Kinga Kostaniak.
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President & CEO Ray Gorman and Rep. Catherine Abercrombie.
Ed Abraham of Ronald McDonald House Charities presents a check to CMHA Child & Family Services Coordinator Christina Miranda.

CMHA's Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC) Night of Recovery

More than 140 people attended CMHA’s Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC) annual Night of Recovery at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain last night. The event featured a screening of The Anonymous People, a new documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery and the emerging public movement that will transform how alcohol and drug problems are dealt with in our communities.  The film features testimonies of people in recovery from all walks of life— community leaders, corporate executives, and celebrities, including actress Kristen Johnson of the TV show Third Rock from the Sun.

The Anonymous People filmmaker Greg Williams of Danbury, CT, who sought treatment for his addiction and found recovery at age 17, shared his personal story and answered questions following the screening.

“It was an evening that empowered and yet humbled each and every one of us. I couldn’t think of a more poignant and unifying way to celebrate recovery in our community,” said Raymond J. Gorman, CMHA President & CEO.
The evening was made possible by funding from Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). 

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CMHA President & CEO Raymond J. Gorman, CMHA’s Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC) Director Kathryn Barnard, and documentary filmmaker Greg Williams
PatRehmerCT Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHAS) Commissioner Pat Rehmer addresses the more than 140 attendees. The event was made possible through funding from DMHAS.

CMHA Featured on Fox 61 News

CMHA Transitional Youth Program (TYP) Coordinator Lauren Cardone is interviewed during the New Britain Convoy of Hope on August 17. 





Hovin Donates School Supplies to CMHA Kids

For six years, Hovin Underwriting Partners of Simsbury has brightened back-to-school time for needy children by donating backpacks filled with school supplies to our Child & Family Services program in New Britain, which provides behavioral health care for families who often cannot afford to pay for treatment. This year, the group delivered more than 75 backpacks on August 22.

From left: President & CEO Ray Gorman, President of Hovin Underwriting Partners Jeremy Holmes, Child Guidance Clinic Coordinator Christina Miranda, Katie Garcia of Hovin Partners and daughter Sylvia, Bette Holmes of Hovin Partners, VP of External Relations Melinda Smolkin, and Community Relations Specialist Evelyn Jacobs with a few of the donated backpacks full of school supplies.


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