Real Hope is Here
CHR is the most comprehensive, non-profit behavioral healthcare provider in Connecticut, offering a wide range of personalized services for children, families and adults whose lives have been touched by mental illness, addiction or trauma. Our largest outpatient offices are in Manchester and Enfield, with smaller offices throughout central and eastern Connecticut and several community-based programs.
CHR’s mission is to help 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 mid-1960s, and since its creation, we have become a trusted community resource and well-respected service provider. Throughout our history, we have added new programs, grown into new locations, collaborated with other healthcare providers and recruited exceptional staff to meet the needs of the clients we serve.
Today, we employ more than 800 experienced professionals, including licensed therapists, psychiatrists, child psychiatrists, case managers, and people with lived experience who provide expert care to more than 27,000 people every year. We are accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state and were the first nonprofit in Connecticut to meet all of the rigorous federal criteria as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), reflecting our broad range of services for people of all ages. In addition, CHR has repeatedly been voted among the Top Workplaces in Connecticut by the Hartford Courant.
Casting Our Vision
Guided by compassion and respect, CHR transforms lives by offering hope. CHR’s Executive 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.
CHR is committed to becoming a more just and equitable agency and recently launched a far-reaching learning collaborative focused on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) throughout the agency.
Our short-term goals include hosting a range of thought-provoking and interactive learning opportunities for all staff throughout CHR. Over the long run, our goals are to embed the principles of DE&I into the fabric of CHR’s culture. Ultimately, we would like all staff, as well as the individuals we serve, to report that they feel heard, appreciated and included in all aspects of daily life at CHR.
By raising awareness about DE&I, CHR can be part of a larger effort to dismantle racism in our society and create a more just and equitable world.
Our goals are ambitious and our commitment is strong.
Guiding this journey is CHR’s Board of Directors; President and CEO, Heather Gates; Chief Diversity Officer Turkessa Antrum, who is also Senior Vice President of Human Resources; and Ngina McMillian, CHR’s DE&I Director. CHR is also working with Leading Culture Solutions to help structure and implement this important learning collaborative.
Click here to read an archive of CHR’s monthly DE&I newsletters: