Heather Gates is the president and CEO of Community Health Resources (CHR). Under her leadership, CHR has become the most comprehensive, nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency in Connecticut and was the first agency to meet rigorous federal criteria as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.

Gates has twice been named a Top Leader through the annual Top Workplace survey and is actively involved with local, state and national advocacy organizations, including the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance and the board of the National Council for Mental Well Being.

Q: What is your biggest professional accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment has been creating a comprehensive system of care for children, families and adults to address mental health and substance-use disorders. I am proud of the services we offer by an amazing team of staff. Leading them through the pandemic is one of my greatest accomplishments.

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