DMHAS: CMHC-Deaf-Program

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The Connecticut Mental Health Center

 Deaf/Deafened/Hard-of-Hearing Program

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The Connecticut Mental Health Center’s (CMHC) Deaf/Deafened/Hard-of-Hearing Program provides a person-centered, recovery oriented, culturally affirmative and linguistically appropriate environment to deaf and hard-of-hearing adults with chronic mental illness and/or substance abusing adults from the age of eighteen (18) and up.

Individuals must have mild to profound hearing loss.  Services are directed to consumers who are low income with no insurance or public insurance such as Medicaid (Title 19), Medicaid for the Employed Disabled, Medicaid-LIA, Medicare, Husky and/or Charter Oak Plan. 


Private insurance is accepted on a case-by-case basis if accessible services are not available.

About the Deaf/Deafened/Hard-of-Hearing Program (D/D/HOH)

The program grew out of the assimilation of Connecticut Valley Hospital’s Mental Health Program for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons (MHPDHHP) into community mental health centers in 1988.  In 1999, CMHC hired a full-time hard-of-hearing clinician to treat the growing population of Deaf clients, as well as to develop a state-of-the-art program.  This program was called the Deaf/Hearing-Impaired Program (D/HIP).

Clinical Services


Crisis Intervention

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)


Family/Couples Treatment

Group Treatment

Intergrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT)



Vocational, residential, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services

Entitlements (Medicaid, Medicare)

Referral for Visiting Nurse Services


Legal Advocacy

Peer Support

Skills Building


Request for sign language interpreter – Staff and Consumers at:



Community Service Network (CSN)

Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATU)

Education and Training

West Haven Mental Health Center (WHMHC)

Consultation Center

Policy Research for Community Health (PRSCH)


Treatment Coordinator of Deaf/Deafened/Hard-of-Hearing Program

203.974.7328 (VOICE)

203.974.7324 (TDD)

203.909.6274 (VP)

203.974.7322 (FAX)  

203.676.9214 (CELL/SMS)  

Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) – Telephone Operator 

203.974.7300 (main – VOICE)

203.974.7295 (main – TDD)

Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Communication support is provided by Staff Interpreter.  Additional communiation support can be provided by the Commission for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired (CDHI) at Bureau of Rehabilitative Services (BRS) at 860.231.8169 or Family Services Woodfield (F.S.W.) at 888.676.8554.

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