NEW BRITAIN – The president and chief executive officer of Community Mental Health Affiliates, Raymond Gorman, recognized Gov. Dannel Malloy for his commitment to the organization during CMHA’s annual meeting on Thursday. Gorman also took the opportunity to announce that the first floor of the CMHA building will include a retail pharmacy.
The pharmacy will be the new location of Beacon Prescriptions that will be open for both, CMHA clients and the general public.
“The idea it’s just to have a convenient place for our clients to directly pick up prescriptions right after their appointments,” Amy Ogle, CMHA communications manager, said.
The first floor will be the last floor to start its construction process. The opening date of the pharmacy will be determined in early 2019, Ogle said.
Todd DeGroff, chairman of CMHA board of directors, presented the award to the outgoing governor adding there will be a plaque honoring Malloy installed in front of the 233-235 Main St. building, the organizations new home.
“Gov. Malloy allocated $3 million in bond funds to facilitate the purchase of this building,” DeGroff said. “We are grateful to know that our governor stands by our mission - to care for those affected by mental health and addiction - and we are proud to honor him this evening for his support of CMHA and the people we serve.”
Malloy thanked the organization for the honor and said the award is “quite remarkable.” Malloy also recognized CMHA employees.
“I think it takes a special breed of individuals such as yourselves to decide to dedicate your life or your time or your energy doing efforts such as making the lives of people who suffer from mental illnesses or addiction better,” Malloy said. “Thank you for what you do day in and day out.”
Gorman named others who made purchasing the building possible.
“We were very fortunate that we received support from Mayor Erin Stewart and from the city council of New Britain,” Gorman said. “Two of our greatest benefactors are in the back of the room, Sen. Terry Gerratana and Rep. Bill Petit, who were also instrumental in helping to support this project.”
The meeting took place on the first floor of the organization’s new building. CMHA expects to move some of its operations to floors five, six and seven by the end of December and the rest will move in between February and March 2019. Gorman said the organization intends to keep its two current tenants - The Social Security Administration and Worker’s Compensation office – in the building.
“When we are fully in here we will have over 300 employees in this building,” Gorman said.
According to its mission statement, “CMHA is a leading provider of an integrated health and behavioral health care system for children, families and adults.”
The Chairman’s award was also announced during the event. This recognition is given to “the employee that goes above and beyond their duties at CMHA,” Gorman said.
This year’s CMHA award winner was Karolina Wytrykowski who serves as the director of community programs.
To learn more about CMHA visit http://www.cmhacc.org.
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