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APRIL 29, 2013

Cassano Announces $3 Million State Grant For CHR Expansion in Manchester MANCHESTER-State Sen. Stephen T. Cassano (D-Manchester) announced today that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve $3 million to help finance the construction of a new, 30,000 square-foot outpatient mental health clinic for Community Health Resources (CHR) which will consolidate services provided in various leased locations throughout town.

The new, $6.75 million consolidated facility will be located at 444 Center Street-the site of the former Willie’s Steak House-just behind the G.A. 12 Superior Court.

“I’ve been working with CHR for several years on this and other issues,” Sen. Cassano said. “CHR has a large presence in Manchester and has several facilities here. I’ve watched them expand their programming over the years; they provide tremendous opportunities to people. With this state grant they’ll be able to put under one roof all of the housing and outreach and social service programs they offer that benefit our community so much.”

“Access to mental health services is a critical need for every community,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “The investment we’re announcing today will ensure that CHR has the resources they need to provide people suffering from mental illness with high-quality, comprehensive and affordable care that they might otherwise go without. In real terms, this investment means more people in the Greater Manchester area will get access to the excellent mental and behavioral health services that CHR provides.”

“We are very grateful to the Governor and the Legislature for making this significant investment in vital mental health and addiction treatment services, helping CHR build a new behavioral health clinic in Manchester,” said Alyssa Goduti, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for CHR. “This new facility will allow CHR to respond to the growing needs in Manchester and surrounding communities, providing essential behavioral healthcare which keep people out of hospitals, emergency rooms and other higher levels of care. This partnership between CHR, the state and local officials will help strengthen our safety net of services and help us fulfill our mission of providing real hope for those struggling with the challenges of real life.”

Community Health Resources is a growing, non-profit, community-based behavioral health agency providing services in Central and Northeastern Connecticut that is committed to providing hope to children, adults and families who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. CHR’s history dates back to the 1960s, starting with a small grant in the town of Enfield. Today CHR offers more than 80 programs, operates out of 30 locations and employs nearly 600 dedicated professionals. It serves approximately 14,000 children, families and adults.

For more information about CHR’s new Manchester Clinic project please contact Alyssa Goduti, Vice President of Business Development and Communications at 860.731.5522 ex. 241 or

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