Community Mental Health Affiliates was founded 1975 in New Britain, Connecticut, a town just a few miles southwest of Hartford. The non-profit organization offers a variety of behavioral health services, including outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment for adult men and women.
Treatment and Staff
The intake process at Community begins with a phone assessment where an intake coordinator interviews the client and helps determine if he or she would be a good fit for the program. The next step is an in-person assessment with a counselor to plan out the client’s potential treatment plan. If the individual decides to enter the program, he or she must have insurance or be covered under Medicaid. If the counselor believes a higher level of care might be necessary, nearby residential or detox programs are suggested.
Community offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) consisting of both group and individual meetings, lasting as long as the client needs. The groups meet Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm. The group sizes are relatively small, but can vary based on the day. Counselors use a variety of treatment techniques in the groups including Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), CBT, relapse prevention and Trauma Sensitive Programming. Community does not utilize the 12 steps but counselors do recommend clients attend outside AA/NA groups while in the program. Individual meetings are scheduled based on the needs of the client. Clients are also regularly urine tested while in the program.
The facility is dual diagnosis and has an on-staff psychiatrist, and a staff of mental health counselors to treat clients with co-occurring disorders. This staff also assists with medication management if needed. The organization also operates a variety of residential programs for mental health clients.
All of the substance abuse counselors at Community are LADCs.
Community offers a family program called the Family Based Recovery Program, which provides in-home counseling to families with children under the age of two. Counselors work on child behavioral issues and also help with basic needs such as transportation and housing.
Clients can request private meetings with their counselor, family members and themselves. These meetings cover co-dependency issues as well as substance abuse education.
The organization also offers a Latino/Latina substance abuse program that offers counseling tailored for Latino/Latina clients in the New Britain area. The staff for this program is made up of bi-cultural counselors who use trauma sensitive services, MET and CBT in their counseling.
Community also helps clients with job applications, finding housing and career counseling.
Community Mental Health Affiliates is a comprehensive and viable outpatient option for clients in the New Britain area. The on-staff psychiatrist is major asset to clients with co-occurring disorders. The lengths of the group meetings also allows counselors the time to explore a variety of treatment methods and address each clients individual needs. Also, the career and housing support helps clients transition out of the program successfully.
Community Mental Health Affiliates Location
Community Mental Health Affiliates
55 Winthrop St
New Britain, CT 06052
Community Mental Health Affiliates Cost
Free (Medicaid Required). Reach Community Mental Health Affiliates by phone at (860) 224-8192 or email at [email protected]. Find Community Mental Health Affiliates on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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