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August Staff Spotlight 2021

August Staff Spotlight 2021



Chris Marino, Clinical Director

For his significant contributions to the community, Chris Marino, Clinical Director was recently nominated as a "Living Legend" of New Britain. The Consolidated School District of New Britain invited Chris to be interviewed by their Grade K-3 summer students, where he discussed his work, hobbies, and involvement in the community. Well done, Chris!


Dawn Zabek, Clinical Director I

The pandemic continues to impact how we provide services and manage our programs - especially those for children and families. Dawn Zabek, Clinical Director I in Waterbury has wonderfully handled numerous changes and challenges, working tirelessly to ensure that our clients and their families continue to receive the best care possible. Kudos to you, Dawn!


Maria Torres, Residential Monitor

CMHA's Residential staff provide around-the-clock care to some of our most vulnerable clients, and helping them cope with the ongoing pandemic has not been easy. Maria Torres, Residential Monitor at Harvest House has a unique way of engaging residents, and is able to reach even the most challenging clients 'where they're at'. Maria, you truly care about their well-being, and it shows every day. Thank you, Maria!

CMHA Staff pose with the puzzle mural completed by CSDNB students

CMHA at the CSDNB Summer Showcase

Wow, what a masterpiece!Artistic Display SMALL

CMHA staff members volunteered to help students from the Consolidated School District of New Britain's X-Factor summer program complete a large art project over the past few weeks. The artwork, a giant puzzle mural, is going to be displayed at the Student Showcase starting August 8th at the New Britain high school.

Special thanks to the CSDNB for having CMHA be a part of this, and to the Fund for Greater Hartford for sponsoring this special initiative.

Thank you Chris, Haley, Luis, Shasterin, Adleen, and Leah for volunteering your time and being stellar representatives of CMHA!

July 2021 Staff Spotlight

July 2021 Staff Spotlight



Czes Dzierlatka, Lead Peer Recovery Coach

A staple of CMHA since starting with the agency in June of 2019, Czes has recently been promoted to the position of Lead Peer Recovery Coach. Czes' engaging, personable nature has helped countless clients access and stay in treatment. He looks forward to providing leadership support to his fellow Peers and developing more peer-led groups in his new role!


Raymond J. Gorman, President & CEO

Peer Support is critical to the recovery centered services that CMHA provides. That is why Gorman, a staunch advocate for quality, accessible care throughout his years of experience in the public and private sector, has accepted a position as an appointed member of Governor Ned Lamont’s Task Force To Study Peer Support Services.


Ali Saleh, Recovery Specialist

CMHA aims to provide compassionate, culturally aware services to all who enter our doors. As a CCBHC (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic), we continue to expand our ability to serve diverse communities. Ali Saleh, Recovery Specialist is actively helping to coordinate those efforts with our Muslim & Arabic-speaking community members, recently providing leaders of the Attaqwa Mosque in New Britain with a tour of 233 Main Street. Thanks Ali!

Gorman Appointed to Governor's Task Force

Gorman Appointed to Governor's Task Force

President & CEO Raymond J. Gorman has helped to lead CMHA, one of the largest behavioral health care providers in the state, for nearly 15 years. 
A staunch advocate for quality, accessible care during his 40+ years of experience in the public and private sector, Gorman has recently been given the opportunity to further serve the people of our state as an appointed member of Governor Ned Lamont’s Task Force To Study Peer Support Services.
“I am confident that the knowledge and experience that [Gorman brings] to this position will be of great value to the Task Force,” wrote Matthew Ritter, Speaker of the House.
"Peer Support is critical to the recovery centered services that we provide at CMHA and throughout Connecticut's behavioral health system," said Gorman, "I appreciate Speaker Ritter's confidence and look forward to the work of the Task Force."
Residential Planning Team group photo

Kensington Gardens, Coming May 2022

CMHA has provided 24/7 residential care to some of the state's most vulnerable individuals for over two decades. Our clients deserve the best care available, and that is why CMHA is incredibly proud to unveil Kensington Gardens, the future home of two of our residential programs.
President & CEO Raymond J. Gorman, while showing the space to State Representative William A. Petit, Jr., CMHA Board Members, and client families, remarked: “Family members and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services have entrusted us with the care of these individuals, and we’re so pleased to be able to provide them with a new home that’s spacious, welcoming, and tailored to their needs.”
 “I’ve been working with CMHA’s residential programs for 17 years," said Ann Lavoie, Program Officer, "and these clients are very near and dear to my heart. The sense of pride and ownership the residents will have as they collaborate with us on the design and transition process from start to finish [to create this] beautiful new facility with more space and privacy, will have such a positive impact on their recovery."
CMHA plans to remodel the former convalescent home on Clinic Drive with the help of Shepley Bulfinch architects of Hartford and TBI Construction of New Britain. Build out and construction will begin next month with a goal of May 2022 for full occupancy.Porcher and Lavoie reviewing plans with conservators
This project has been long in the making, and would not have been possible without the dedication and incredible efforts of CMHA's Residential staff and Senior Leadership Team. Thanks to their collective efforts, we now look forward to designing this space and watching it transform into a beautiful, welcoming facility.
Read more about CMHA's latest project in The New Britain Herald here.



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