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Connecticut Mental Health Center

About CMHC

Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), founded in 1966, is one of the oldest community mental health centers in the United States.

An enduring collaboration between the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and the Yale University Department of Psychiatry, CMHC provides recovery-oriented mental health services for over 4,000 people in the Greater New Haven area each year. As a training site for the Yale Department of Psychiatry, the Center hosts trainees in psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, and chaplaincy. CMHC is also a center for scientific research into the causes of, and treatments for, mental illness and substance use disorders.

CMHC embraces the highest values of citizenship, partnership, clinical excellence, and an abiding commitment to the people it serves.

CMHC COVID-19 Response


If you need assistance, please call (203) 974-7300. We continue to see clients through telehealth and limited in-person service.


Ask your medical provider if you are eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. For information about the vaccine, click here. At this time, we are actively promoting the vaccine for our staff. Safety is our top priority and we believe the vaccine is safe and effective.

Knowledge is Power

When it comes to staying healthy in the COVID-19 pandemic, knowledge is power. Click to view our “Knowledge is Power” posters in English and Spanish.

Tips for staying safe:

  • Wear a mask in public at all times.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep at least 6 feet away from others.

CMHC History Exploration Project: Internship Opportunity

As part of our commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization, we have embarked on an exploration of CMHC’s history. We begin by looking at our roots in the 1960s, including CMHC’s connection to Urban Renewal and the agency’s relationship with the New Haven community during the turbulent years of 1968-70.

We are now accepting applications for 1-2 internships in collaboration with the Yale Public Humanities Program. Interns will participate in research and the development of public presentations. If you would like to apply, please write us a brief letter explaining why you are interested and please include some details of your background. No specific experience is required; the ideal candidate(s) will be curious about community health, 1960s history, and the purpose and impact of public humanities.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week. Internship will be conducted over Zoom and email (no in-person meetings).
Please email your statement to: and
Application deadline: February 12, 2021

Dr. Michael Sernyak is the director of the Connecticut Mental Health Center.
CMHC is an enduring collaboration between the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and the Yale University Department of Psychiatry.