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Connecticut Mental Health Center

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 5,000 people in the Greater New Haven area each year. It is also a center for scientific advancement in the understanding and treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders. CMHC, which is supported by the CMHC Foundation, is a major training site for psychiatrists and psychologists from the Yale Department of Psychiatry and welcomes trainees from a variety of other disciplines including nursing, social work, and chaplaincy.

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

COVID-19 Response

CMHC is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by keeping staff safe and educating clients about infection prevention and community resources, including emergency food, stimulus payments, and more. Click here to read about the early stages of CMHC’s pandemic response.

Video Series: Self-Care During COVID-19

Behavioral Activation

  • University of Michigan's description of Behavioral Activation, including tracking sheets and suggestions for activities. An example of a tracking sheet is on p9, and a list of possible activities is on p20-21.
  • Websites to identify your values from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon.

Social Connection

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