There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. for the Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA).
CMHA is a private nonprofit treatment provider, who will also be giving tours of their newly renovated facility at the Team Time Social Club, 26 Russell St., New Britain.
During the grand opening you will hear remarks from CMHA Chariman Todd DeGroff, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon and final remarks at 10:45 a.m. by CMHA President and CEO Raymond J. Gorman.
The tour to follow will show how the 12,000-square-foot safe space was designed by and for the members. The space was transformed with the help of Svigals + Partners architect. The redesign includes an educational kitchen, dining hall, food pantry, community rooms, individual meeting rooms, computer lab, movie room and gymnasium.
There are close to 200 adult clients from the CMHA program that drop by this New Britain location to connect with others and take part in lifestyle changing and improvement activities such as employment development, skill building and socialization. At Team Time the councilors offer advocacy and peer support to people in recovery from substance abuse and mental illness.
This $4 million project was made possible by $2.5 million in state bond funds with the support of late Rep. Elizabeth A. “Betty” Boukus and a Memorial Library will be featured in Boukus’s honor. The City of New Britain, State of CT nonprofit bond funds and Webster Bank contributed as well.