On Friday, May 24, hundreds of partners, neighbors, clients, and residents turned out for CMHA’s Open House. All took advantage of the chance to tour our new building and learn about CMHA's many programs and services from staff members.
CMHA purchased The Plaza at 233 Main Street, former home of the ACMAT office design firm and other iconic downtown businesses, in December 2018. Despite extensive renovations being needed in places, CMHA programs have been successfully running out of the 5th floor since February 2019. Once the last few programs from Whiting Street are moved into the 3rd floor, it will mark the first time the building has been fully occupied in 20 years.
CMHA's purchase of the building, and our subsequent revitalization of downtown New Britain, was only made possible by the staunch support of former Governor Dannel P. Malloy. In recognition of this, CMHA revealed a plaque at the Open House honoring his vital role.
“Quite frankly,” said Malloy, “a lot of people need our help, and you are the providers. This is the place for making stronger communities, safer communities, and for making individual lives better.”
Also offering remarks were New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, CMHA President & CEO Raymond J. Gorman, CMHA Board President Todd DeGroff, State of Connecticut Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, and the Department of Children and Families’ Christine Lau.
Malloy and Stewart both praised Gorman’s leadership and cited CMHA as a positive influence downtown as well as a needed ingredient for urban revitalization.
“CMHA’s dedication to serving the people of this area is unparalleled,” said Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. “Before the building of this facility, CMHA’s services were located at different sites throughout the city. Now clients can come to one place and have all of their behavioral health needs met, making it easier for people to coordinate and access care."
“This new location really is how we envision behavioral health care – integrated, comprehensive, and accessible,” she added. “Congratulations on your new location!”
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