NEW BRITAIN – Community Mental Health Affiliates unveiled Kensington Gardens, the future home of two residential programs.
The programs, which are currently located at 33 Highlands Street in New Britain, serve 35 individuals with chronic mental and medical health issues.
State Rep. William Petit, CMHA board members and client families got a first glimpse of the future residential program property located at 66 Clinic Drive last Thursday.
With $5 million in bond funding from the CT Office of Policy Management (OPM), CMHA purchased and will remodel the former convalescent home with the help of Shepley Bulfinch architects of Hartford and TBI Construction of New Britain.
“We’re grateful for the support of the New Britain legislative delegation, OPM and Governor [Ned] Lamont for helping to move this project forward,” said Raymond J. Gorman, CMHA president and CEO. “Family members and DMHAS have entrusted us with the care of these clients, and we’re so pleased to be able to provide them with a new home that’s spacious, welcoming and tailored to their needs.”
Beginning in August the contractors will build out and design the 28,000 square foot space with occupancy planned for May 2022.
“The new location of Kensington Gardens will be a great upgrade for the patients of CMHA,” Petit said.
CMHA has been providing 24/7 residential care to some of the state’s most vulnerable individuals for two decades. Staff works with clients on developing independent living skills, with a goal of stepping down to a lower level of care.
“I’ve been working with CMHA’s residential programs for 17 years, and these clients are very near and dear to my heart. The sense of pride and ownership the residents will have as they collaborate with us on the design and transition process from start to finish, and the beautiful new facility with more space and privacy, will have such a positive impact on their recovery,” said Ann Lavoie, CMHA program officer. “We’re excited to envision the end result of this project.”
Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc. is a private non-profit treatment provider headquartered in New Britain, with nine locations throughout northwest and central Connecticut.
For more information visit cmhacc.org
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