Creating Hope in the
Lives of Others.

Community Health Resources' (CHR) mission helps adults, children and families find Real Hope for the challenges of Real Life through an array of community based mental health, substance use, child welfare, supportive housing, foster care, prevention and wellness services, and integrated care.  Our name embodies our commitment to community based care, instilling hope for a healthy, happy and productive future, and utilizing all available resources to achieve change.  CHR is proud to provide services that achieve Real Quality with Real Results.

CHR’s history dates back to the 1960s, and since its creation, has become a trusted community resource and well-respected service provider.  We employ over 800 experienced staff members who provided services to more than 22,000 individuals in the past year. We offer effective, accesible and affordable behavioral healthcare through 80 programs and 32 locations. 

As we anticipate changing needs, we will offer new programs, recruit exceptional staff, collaborate with other providers, and explore new funding sources. The driving force of our growth continues to be meeting the needs of those we serve.

Casting Our Vision

Guided by compassion and respect, our mission is to transform lives by offering hope. CHR’s Senior Management Team is directly responsible for ensuring this happens. As experts in their respective fields, each brings years of training and experience to providing the highest standard of quality services.


Heather Gates, President and CEO
Michele Gaudet, Chief Financial Officer

Senior Management

Jaquel Patterson, Vice President of Operations
Coleen Dobo, Senior Vice President of Adult Services
Kathy Schiessl, Senior Vice President, Child and Family Services
Dr. Steven Madonick, Medical Director
Maureen McGuire, Vice President of Business Development, Marketing and Communications
Turkessa Antrum, Vice President of Human Resources


Chair - Laura Tordenti, Central Connecticut State University
Vice Chair – Michael Kearney
Treasurer- Ayesha Clarke, State of Connecticut, Department of Revenue Service
Secretary - Cheryl Curtis, College of Education, University of Hartford (retired)
Jason Jakubowski, Hospital for Special Care--Immediate Past Chair 
John Perkins, Hartford Public Schools
Penni Micca, Interval House*
Cherie Trice, Key Bank*
Steven Erickson, Whittlesey & Hadley, CPA*
Ruth Fortune, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Duncan Harris, Ed.D, Manchester Community College
Nathan Fox, Center Church, the First Church of Christ in Hartford*
Cy Hess, Aligne Wealth, LLC
Michael Kearney, The Hartford

*not pictured

Our Commitment to Excellence

Consistent with our dedication to being Connecticut’s most comprehensive behavioral health provider for adults, children and families, CHR has received a Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission, an independent healthcare accreditation organization, evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country. The Gold Seal of Approval™ designation validates that CHR meets or exceeds quality and safety standards.

By achieving and maintaining accreditation, we strengthen our quality of care, demonstrate our ongoing commitment and add a layer of trust and confidence for those using our services. For more information about The Joint Commission visit their website at

If you wish to report quality-of-care or safety concerns to the Joint Commission you may do so online, by e-mail, fax or regular mail.




Office of Quality Monitoring, (630) 792-5636


Office of Quality Monitoring
The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


CHR accepts Medicaid, HUSKY Part A & Part B, Medicare and most major health insurances as partial or full payment for services.  CHR receives program funding, in part, from the Connecticut Departments of Children and Families, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Public Health, Social Services, Court Support Service Division and the United Way. We continue to diversify our funding resources, competing for federal grants, establishing relationships with donors and holding events that highlight the needs of those we serve. CHR has also strengthened the organization’s capacity through strategic planning and sound financial policies. Through these initiatives, strong leadership and community support, we continue to listen to the changing needs of those we serve and deliver a broad scope of exceptional services.

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