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CMHA & TMC’s 2nd Annual Toy Giveaway

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CMHA and TMC partnered again this year to support children and families in our community with the 2nd Annual December to Remember Toy Drive. CMHA & TMC are fortunate to have so many community partners, friends, and supportive businesses in our circle.

Thanks to their generosity, CMHA and TMC received hundreds of toys through individual donations and the Jingle & Mingle collection event at The Assembly Room in downtown New Britain.

CMHA’s Team Time Social Club hosted the toy distribution event on December 22nd, where children and families in need of a little holiday cheer could enjoy music, food, games, and – of course – receive toys. CMHA would like to thank all of our staff, the team from TMC, and our sponsors for helping to make this new tradition such a success once again. Special thanks go out to Tanya Banas and the MDFT Team at CMHA (pictured above) for organizing, getting the Social Club ready for our guests, and displaying the toys so beautifully - you all did amazing! 


Ongoing Adderall shortage is negatively impacting households across Connecticut

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The ongoing Adderall shortage is negatively impacting households across Connecticut, as people continue to struggle to fill prescriptions for their ADHD medication. CMHA’s Medical Director, Dr. John Nazarian, and CMHA Chairman of the Board Todd DeGroff, owner of Beacon Prescriptions New Britain, were able to share their thoughts and expertise on this pressing issue with Dave Peck of NBC Connecticut News.

As Dr. Nazarian explained, "Patients from all over the Hartford area, including Manchester, Bristol, and Enfield, have all experienced the shortage throughout the state." Todd DeGroff added, "It's affecting every pharmacy in the country."

We encourage those struggling with the shortage to work directly with their healthcare providers and pharmacies to manage their medication needs.

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October Staff Spotlight 2022




Laura Amarone - Peer Recovery Specialist

Laura continuously goes above and beyond to make connections and assist clients with accessing inpatient programs. She readily forms trusting relationships with our clients, and has a stellar record of being able to find inpatient providers in-state and out-of-state whenever needed. Her dedication to helping our clients maintain their Recovery is incredible. Thank you, Laura!


Angie Melendez - Patient Access Supervisor

Every day is a little different at CMHA, and it takes compassion and patience to be there for our colleagues and clients. Angie is a valuable member of the Central Support Team, and regularly makes herself available to assist clients and coworkers without any hesitation. Her willingness to help and calm demeanor is greatly appreciated by your team and CMHA - thank you, Angie!!


Jeana Bruno - Call Center Representative

Any individual's first interaction with CMHA is a vital one. That's why our Central Support Team, especially our Call Center staff, are so important to the intake process. Jeana Bruno is consistently prompt, polite, engaging, and communicative with clients and coworkers. Thank you, Jeana for always doing and giving your best!

Legislative Reception Honors Retiring Nonprofit Champions

Legislative Reception 2022In mid-September, CMHA held its first-ever Legislative Reception to honor three outgoing State Representatives for their dedication and support of nonprofit service providers.

State Representatives Whit Betts, Catherine Abercrombie, and William Petit are retiring from public office, but their advocacy for service providers like CMHA will always be appreciated. Congratulations and Thank You once again to our Legislative Champions for your passionate and stalwart support of local nonprofit organizations like CMHA!

A special thanks goes out to our staff who helped organize this wonderful event, it wouldn't have been possible without your vision and effort!

We would also like to thank the teams at The Assembly Room , Mofongo Restaurant, and Angelo's Market for working with us on this event and providing exceptional service and food!

CMHA Hosts Chris Herren, Recovery Speaker at New Britain High School

Chris Herren Recovery Month Speaking Event 9.29.22On September 29, CMHA's Young Adult Services division sponsored a special Recovery Month event at New Britain High School featuring former NBA star and acclaimed public speaker, Chris Herren. Since 2009, Herren has toured the country to share his recovery journey and empower students and communities alike to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction, "from the last day to the first."

"Chris gave an incredibly personal presentation and shared his recovery journey in a brutally honest format with just a microphone," said Assistant Clinical Director of Intensives Jessica Cestaro.

New Britain High School students, members of the Boys and Girls Club, community members, and CMHA clients & staff attended the event. CMHA Peer Recovery Specialist Jake Reilly was a unique attendee in that this was his second time hearing Chris Herren speak.

"As a recovering addict myself, who had the opportunity to avoid years of immeasurable pain by heeding Chris Herren’s warning when he came to my High School in 2014, I urge everyone to keep Chris' message at the forefront of their minds and to continue educating themselves," said Reilly.



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