Connecticut Mental Health Center

Facility Overview

The Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) provides comprehensive behavioral health services in the Greater New Haven area. The Center, which is part of the State of Connecticut’s system of behavioral healthcare, is managed by faculty from the Yale Department of Psychiatry, including a large number of faculty psychologists. The services offered by the CMHC include: initial clinical evaluation and assessment; crisis intervention; outreach and engagement; short-term inpatient care; brief and continuing individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy on an outpatient basis; rehabilitation; community-based consultation; program evaluation; and prevention.

In addition to these services, there is a broad array of ongoing research projects sponsored by the clinical, consultation, and basic science units at the CMHC. The opportunities for clinical training and research experience at the Connecticut Mental Health Center are rich and varied.

Internship Placements

Nine training options, listed below, are available as placements within the CMHC; 8 of these may be selected as primary placements. Most fellows have a primary placement (3 days/week) and a secondary placement (1½ days/week). The remaining half-day is reserved for the internship Core Seminar and placement based seminars. Within the time allocation for the primary placement, a half-day per week is protected for a scholarly activity.

The placement options within CMHC are listed below. Click on the links to read detailed descriptions of each placement.

Placement at one of CMHC’s clinical treatment units, such as the CMHC Inpatient Unit, CMHC Outpatient Service - 34 Park Street, the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic, the Hispanic Clinic, the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, the West Haven Mental Health Clinic, and the Young Adult Service, provides interns with the opportunity for enhancing clinical skills through supervised treatment and assessment.

Depending on the placement site, interns work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, or groups in treatment and have the opportunity to work with individuals who have a range of psychiatric diagnoses, including primary or co-occurring addiction disorders.

Training in neuropsychological and comprehensive psychological assessment and consultation, with special emphasis on neuropsychology, is offered through placement in the Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service. This placement also includes assessment experience in the CMHC Acute Inpatient Unit.

Training at The Consultation Center provides an opportunity for work focused on a range of community-based services, including prevention, health education and promotion, organizational and systems consultation, program evaluation, and staff development training, as well as related prevention, program evaluation, and services research.

Fellows with a primary placement at the CMHC Outpatient Service – 34 Park Street also have an opportunity for training in the development, provision, and evaluation of community-based clinical and rehabilitative services for individuals with serious mental illnesses who are served through the Community Services Network in Greater New Haven.

Supervision

Fellows within the Connecticut Mental Health Center have a Primary Advisor who has overall responsibility for the training experience and mentoring of the fellow. Secondary Advisors guide the training experience for fellows in secondary placements. Additional supervision is provided by full time faculty and voluntary clinical faculty.

Seminars

All fellows participate in the internship’s weekly core seminar. In addition, most CMHC placements have one or more site-based seminars or specialized training sessions designed to support the experiential learning within the placement. These educational offerings are tailored to the populations served and services provided within the placement.