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WINDSOR, CT – In a letter to CHR’s President and CEO Heather Gates, David Lehman, the state’s Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, commended CHR for its recent recognition as one of Connecticut’s Top Workplaces among large employers.

“As commissioner of DECD, I have had the privilege of visiting hundreds of companies and nonprofits around the state and continue to be impressed by their amazing accomplishments and the positive impact they have on our communities and economy,” Lehman wrote.

CHR, the state’s most comprehensive, nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency, was recently honored as a Top Workplace for the 6th year in a row and was the only behavioral healthcare agency recognized among large employers. This year, CHR received special recognition for offering employees meaningful work and was recognized in previous years for offering employees work-life balance.

The Top Workplace distinction is based on objective data collected gathered through anonymous surveys in workplaces across the state. The survey is organized every year by the Hartford Courant. There were 13,000 responses to this year’s survey and based on feedback from the surveys, only the top 60 workplaces were selected for the Top Workplaces award.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized as a Top Workplace again this year and are especially proud of the work our staff does every day to help improve the lives of children, families and adults who struggle with behavioral health challenges,” Gates added. “We agree that our work is extremely meaningful and I deeply appreciated the kind letter from Commissioner Lehman.”

About Community Health Resources (CHR): CHR is Connecticut’s most comprehensive, non-profit behavioral healthcare agency, offering a broad array of services for adults, children and families whose lives have been touched by mental illness, substance use, trauma and more. Founded in 1966, CHR has a vibrant outpatient network of services as well as intensive and specialized services to address complicated needs, including residential and community-based programs. Learn more at

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