CHR Celebrates 50th Birthday in 2016!

Jan 14, 2016
CHR LogoWINDSOR, Conn. (January 13, 2016) – CHR has a big birthday in 2016. Founded in 1966 as a small counseling center in Enfield, CHR is now the most comprehensive, non-profit behavioral healthcare agency in Connecticut, with nationally recognized programs to help adults, families and children achieve recovery and health.

“Every day for last 50 years, CHR has been intensely focused on providing effective, person-centered treatments for individuals, families and children whose lives have been touched by mental illness, trauma or addictions,” said Heather Gates, CHR’s President and CEO. “Through the years, CHR has continuously added more programs and services to help meet the needs of our clients,” she added.

To celebrate its 50th birthday, CHR will hold a gala on Saturday, May 7, at the Gershon Fox Ballroom in Hartford, featuring a compelling presentation by actress and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway.

There are many ways to be part of the celebration including:

• Becoming a corporate sponsor to connect your business with this milestone event
• Purchasing tickets and/or becoming a table captain
• Donating items for the silent auction

“At the gala, we will celebrate all that CHR has accomplished over the last five decades and most importantly, we will honor our clients whose courage and tenacity inspires all of us,” Gates said.  For more information about how to become involved, contact Ken Harrison at
Range of Services for Children, Families and Adults
Today, CHR offers more than 80 programs in locations throughout eastern and central Connecticut, with flagship outpatient offices in Enfield and Manchester. CHR’s services range from outpatient mental health and addiction treatments to residential programs, innovative home-based programs for children and families, therapeutic foster care and comprehensive support services including case management, supportive housing and supported employment programs.

In 2015, CHR made strides in improving clients’ access to medical care by directly providing primary care services in Manchester and opening the state’s largest Behavioral Health Home.

“Moving forward, we will continue to forge innovative, compassionate ways to meet the complete healthcare needs of the children, families and individuals we serve,” Gates said, noting that CHR provided care to more than 20,000 individuals last year, and the demand for CHR services continues to grow.  In fact, CHR is seeing more than twice as many clients today as it did in 2010.

“Our history is fascinating: CHR evolved and grew as treatments – and awareness – improved regarding mental health and addiction disorders. As a society, we’ve come a long way in recognizing that recovery is possible, with the right care and personalized treatments. That alone is something to celebrate,” Gates said.