The Connecticut Mental Health Center
The Connecticut Mental Health Center
34 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06519
(203) 974-7300 (203) 974-7295 (TDD)
The Connecticut Mental Health Center is a unique and vibrant community mental health facility operating in an urban environment within greater New Haven. The CMHC is a very carefully crafted cooperative endeavor of the Yale University Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Designed to draw the best from each of the cooperating partners, CMHC's unique organizational structure and operational standards have established it as an internationally recognized center for mental health and addiction treatment, training and education, and research into the causes, courses, outcomes, and treatments of serious psychiatric and substance use disorders. Finally, the CMHC is responsive to the needs of its surrounding community through consultation, education, and service initiatives embedded within the greater New Haven area.
In its core role as a health care provider, the CMHC is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) as a psychiatric hospital, and certified by Medicare and Medicaid of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) for the provision of care to Medicare and Medicaid recipients. Each year, approximately 5,500 individuals benefit directly from the clinical and rehabilitative programs of the CMHC. Thousands more benefit not only from new medicines and treatments developed and refined through CMHC-based research, but also from the insights and skills gained in our psychiatric rehabilitation and community support programs. Our community initiatives are designed to work with area agencies including the schools, police, and local government to assist in addressing community mental health and addiction issues in a pro-active fashion. In addition, thousands of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, psychologists, public health workers, and rehabilitation practitioners, have participated in CMHC's training and education programs, which are acknowledged to be among the best in the Country.
Philosophy of Care
Treatment has two goals:
Minimizing or eliminating a disorderís destructive impact on the person's life by reducing symptoms and preventing relapse; and
Assisting the person to construct a meaningful and satisfying life in the community
Care at CMHC may begin in several ways, including walk-in or scheduled appointments at one of four clinical sites (34 Park Street, Hispanic Clinic, Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, or West Haven Mental Health Clinic); or through outreach from the mobile crisis service or the Outreach & Engagement Project.
No one over the age of 18 is denied screening, crisis intervention, or emergency care.
To receive continued care, the individual must be 18 or older, and be a resident of Catchment Area 7 (New Haven, Hamden, Woodbridge and Bethany).
An individual is eligible for care if he/she is indigent or considered among the working poor, has no entitlements or has unmanaged Medicaid and/or Medicare; or receives income and/or medical benefits from State Administered General Assistance (SAGA).
Individuals are not denied care based on race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.
If an individual has private insurance, entitlements with specified benefits, or other financial resources, he/she may be assisted in seeking treatment elsewhere.
Although no one is denied service at CMHC because of inability to pay, subsequent reimbursement may be expected.
At CMHC, individuals are active participants in their own recovery, rather than passive recipients of care. They are actively involved in shaping the goals of their care, in choosing the means to work toward these goals, and in sharing responsibility for achieving them. They are also encouraged to engage their family and friends in these plans and goals to gain further support in their recovery.
In addition, in its role as Local Mental Health Authority for Catchment Area 7 of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the CMHC has oversight responsibility for 12 community agencies funded by DMHAS. These agencies provide services in the four categories of: 1) Clinical and Case Management Services; 2) Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services; 3) Residential Support Services, and; 4) Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
In addition to the provision of direct care, clinical training, and programmatic oversight for community agencies, there are two Centers within the CMHC that address directly its research and community development missions. The Consultation Center located at 389 Whitney Avenue offers a range of services and research including organizational consultation, professional training, community education, program development and evaluation, prevention, and risk factor research. Located at 34 Park Street and also within a number of specialty outpatient research clinics located in downtown New Haven, The Abraham Ribicoff Research Center conducts both basic and clinical neuropsychiatric research, and sponsors a training program in neurobiological research for investigators from a number of disciplines.
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