Community Health Resources (CHR) Receives Prestigious National Award for Community-Based Behavioral Healthcare

September 29, 2011

Community Health Resources (CHR) was selected as one of 11 organizations around the country to receive the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2011 Science and Service Award.  These highly competitive awards recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions shown to prevent and/or treat mental illness and substance use disorders.  “These award winners deserve to be commended for blazing new trails in providing such cutting-edge, effective services in their communities,” said SAMHSA’s Administrator Pamela S. Hyde.    


CHR is a leading behavioral health provider in Central and Northeastern Connecticut, offering a wide range of services including children’s mental health services, adult behavioral healthcare, substance use disorder services and supportive housing.  CHR offers nearly 80 community-based programs and 32 locations serving over 10,000 individuals a year.  CHR restores hope and health through programs that deliver positive outcomes.    


In 2009, Community Health Resources implemented an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team to provide recovery-oriented services to individuals with complex and persistent psychiatric and substance abuse problems who would otherwise require institutional care. The interdisciplinary ACT team serves as the clinical home for each participant providing home-based therapy and medication management, as well as intensive case management around issues such as housing, education and employment, maintenance of benefits, and social or recreational involvement. 


“We are extremely proud of this recognition and of the tremendous success of our ACT team in restoring hope for individuals with the most challenging behavioral health needs,” said Heather Gates, President/CEO, CHR.  “Our ACT team has consistently exceeded expectations and has demonstrated positive results. Since ACT implementation, 85% of participants have been maintained in stable housing for at least 1 year and 15 of the 72 participants have been discharged to a lower level of care.  This program proves that treatment is effective and people can recover with the appropriate support.”



For more information about CHR, our ACT Team or our many other programs and services, please visit our website