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HHC Partners with The Connecticut Forum to Host Mental Health Event
HARTFORD, Conn. - The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network is partnering with The Connecticut Forum to host, “An Honest Look at Mental Illness: A conversation about perceptions, realities, and what it’s like to work and live with the stigma of mental illness” on Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford.

Scott Appointed as Director of Social Work
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristie Scott, MSW, as the Director of Social Work.

Sleeper Named Vice President of Nursing
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Sleeper, MSN, RN, as the new Vice President of Nursing.

Liberty Bank Foundation Gives $3,000 for Joshua Center Thames Valley Campaign
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Liberty Bank Foundation awarded Natchaug Hospital a grant of $3,000 for the Safety. Trust. Hope. Campaign for Joshua Center Thames Valley.

SI Financial Group Foundation Grants Hospital $10,000 for Joshua Center Thames Valley Campaign | July 31, 2013
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the SI Financial Group Foundation awarded the Hospital with a grant of $10,000 for the Safety. Trust. Hope. Campaign for Joshua Center Thames Valley.

Dime Bank Donates $25,000 for New Joshua Center Thames Valley | June 14, 2013
NORWICH, Conn. – Dime Bank presented Natchaug Hospital with $25,000 for the new Joshua Center Thames Valley facility at the Hospital’s Annual Board Reception on Thursday.

Miceli Named Program Director for Sachem House | May 30, 2013
MANSFIELD, Conn. - Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that Lisa Miceli, Ph.D., will be the new program director at Natchaug Hospital's Sachem House Treatment Center in Mansfield, Conn.

Altrusa Grant Provides "Comfort & Joy" to Young Patients | May 28, 2013
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the Altrusa Club of Northeastern Connecticut has awarded a grant of $1,000 to continue the “Comfort & Joy” initiative which provides children in the hospital’s inpatient unit with soft toys or stuffed animals, or clothing and personal items when the family is unable to do so.

Tedesco Named Program Director for RiverEast | April 15, 2013
VERNON, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that Lisa Tedesco, LADC, will be the new program director at Natchaug Hospital’s RiverEast Treatment Center in Vernon, Conn.

ECSU Luncheon Raises $12,000 for Natchaug Hospital Education Programs | March 28, 2013
MANSFIELD, Conn. – The ECSU Foundation’s sixth annual luncheon benefitting Natchaug Hospital education programs raised over $12,000.

Beckford Named Program Director for JC Enfield | March 6, 2013
ENFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that Marva Beckford, LCSW, will direct the clinical and administrative aspects of Natchaug Hospital’s Joshua Center Enfield.


HHC Partners with The Connecticut Forum to Host
"An Honest Look at Mental Illness"

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network is partnering with The Connecticut Forum to host, “An Honest Look at Mental Illness: A conversation about perceptions, realities, and what it’s like to work and live with the stigma of mental illness” on Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford.

This unscripted evening of unforgettable conversation supports HHC’s efforts to further the national dialogue on mental health and to help “Stop the Stigma” that surrounds mental illness.

Featured panelists include Dr. Hank Schwartz, chief of psychiatry for the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network; first-round NBA draft pick and mental health advocate Royce White; author and psychologist Andrew Solomon; and bipolar disorder expert Kay Redfield Jamison. John Dankosky, host of WNPR’s “Where We Live” will serve as moderator.

For tickets, visit www.CTForum.org, or call 860.509.0909.

In association with this event, The Connecticut Youth Forum and the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital are hosting a pre-forum program aimed at youth entitled, “Our Beautiful Minds,” on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Our Beautiful Minds” features an open lecture on mental health, a tour of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center lab and the opportunity to visit the IOL’s “Myths, Minds and Medicine” museum.


Scott Appointed as Director of Social Work

September 30, 2013

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristie Scott, MSW, as the Director of Social Work.

Scott will be responsible for overseeing the adult, adolescent and child inpatient unit therapists and social workers, who are responsible for group therapy, treatment plans, discharge planning and family work.

Before joining Natchaug, Scott managed the DSS/DMHAS Medicaid Mental Health Waiver Program at Advanced Behavioral Health in Middletown, Conn. She was also responsible for developing and administering the Child Placing Programs at Klingberg Family Services in New Britain, Conn. In addition to these roles, Scott boasts several years of experience working as an adoption social worker for various social service organizations in CT, New York and Boston.
Scott received both a Master’s of Social Work in policy and planning and a Bachelor of Science in human development and family relations from the University of Connecticut.


Sleeper Named Vice President of Nursing

September 1, 2013

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Sleeper, MSN, RN, as the new Vice President of Nursing.

In his new role, Sleeper will be responsible for the direction, supervision and management of the Hospital’s adult, adolescent and pediatric inpatient units, as well as leadership of nursing.

Prior to joining Natchaug, Sleeper served as Director of Psychiatric Services at Backus Hospital in Norwich where he was responsible for the management and operation of the psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital and emergency services. Sleeper also served in a variety of other positions at Backus including Clinical Educator, Director of Education and Clinical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry.

In addition to his experience at Backus, Sleeper held a number of other nursing positions and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Psychiatry in the Department of Nursing at the University of Connecticut.

Sleeper received his Master of Science degree in nursing at Southern Connecticut State University and his Bachelor of Science in nursing at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.


Liberty Bank Foundation Gives $3,000 for
Joshua Center Thames Valley Campaign

August 12, 2013

Liberty Bank President & CEO Chandler Howard (far left) and Liberty Bank Foundation Chairman Michael Helfgott (far right) pose with Natchaug Hospital CDT School Principal Kelly O’Brien-Kelly (left) and Natchaug Director of Schools Jill Bourbeau (right) at a check presentation reception.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Liberty Bank Foundation awarded Natchaug Hospital a grant of $3,000 for the Safety. Trust. Hope. Campaign for Joshua Center Thames Valley.

The Safety.Trust.Hope. Campaign aims to raise $250,000 in community support for the construction of Joshua Center Thames Valley, a treatment center for children and adolescents struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse in the greater Norwich area.

JC Thames Valley, which is currently under construction at 11A Stott Avenue in Norwich, will reconfigure existing Natchaug child and adolescent treatment programs in Norwich and Montville. The program will open in late August as the new school year begins.

The renovated JC Thames Valley building will house one of Natchaug’s seven Clinical Day Treatment Schools as well as after-school treatment programs for children and adolescents with behavioral health and substance abuse issues. The Hospital’s Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services program will also be based out of JC Thames Valley.

The two-floor facility will include a permanent workshop for the YouthWorks program, which teaches practical work skills such as carpentry and horticulture to at-risk adolescents. A Life Skills resource room will ready teenagers for independent living with lessons on cooking, personal finance and household management.

Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest mutual bank with more than $35 billion in assets and 44 banking offices throughout the state of Connecticut. Since 1997, the Liberty Bank Foundation has provided more than $7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Liberty Bank’s market area. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people of low or moderate income by investing in preventative programming for children and families, affordable housing, and nonprofit capacity building.

For more information on Natchaug Hospital or the Safety.Trust.Hope. Campaign for Joshua Center Thames Valley, visit www.natchaug.org.


SI Financial Group Foundation Grants Hospital $10,000 for Joshua Center Thames Valley Campaign

July 31, 2013

SI Financial Group Foundation President Rheo Brouillard (middle) presents Natchaug Hospital President and CEO Stephen W. Larcen, Ph.D., (right) and Joshua Center Thames Valley Program Director Peter DeRosa (left) with a check during a grant presentation at the Savings Institute Main Office in Willimantic, Conn.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the SI Financial Group Foundation awarded the Hospital with a grant of $10,000 for the Safety. Trust. Hope. Campaign for Joshua Center Thames Valley.

The Safety.Trust.Hope. Campaign aims to raise $250,000 in community support for the construction of Joshua Center Thames Valley, a treatment center for children and adolescents struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse in the greater Norwich area.

JC Thames Valley, which is currently under construction at 11A Stott Avenue in Norwich, will combine existing Natchaug child and adolescent treatment programs in Norwich and
Montville. The program will open in late August as the new school year begins.

The renovated JC Thames Valley building will house one of Natchaug’s seven Clinical Day Treatment Schools as well as after-school treatment programs for children and adolescents with behavioral health and substance abuse issues. The Hospital’s Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services program will also be based out of JC Thames Valley.

The two-floor facility will include a permanent workshop for the YouthWorks program, which teaches practical work skills such as carpentry and horticulture to at-risk adolescents. A Life Skills resource room will ready teenagers for independent living with lessons on cooking, personal finance and household management.

The SI Financial Group Foundation, Inc. was established in 2005 by SI Financial Group, Inc., the parent company of the Savings Institute Bank & Trust Co. in Willimantic, Conn. The Foundation provides funding to support charitable causes within the market area of the Bank’s 21 eastern Connecticut offices.

For more information on the Safety.Trust.Hope. Campaign for Joshua Center Thames Valley, click here.


Dime Bank Donates $25,000 for New Joshua Center Thames Valley

June 14, 2013

Dime Bank President and CEO Nicholas Caplanson presents a check for $25,000 to Natchaug President and CEO Stephen Larcen, Ph.D.

NORWICH, Conn. – Dime Bank presented Natchaug Hospital with $25,000 for the new Joshua Center Thames Valley facility at the Hospital’s Annual Board Reception on Thursday.

Dime Bank’s generous gift is the largest to date for the Safety.Trust.Hope. Campaign for Joshua Center Thames Valley, which aims to raise $250,000 for the creation of the new facility.

Joshua Center Thames Valley, which is currently under construction at 11A Stott Avenue in Norwich, will combine existing Natchaug child and adolescent treatment programs in Norwich and Montville.

The renovated JC Thames Valley building will house one of Natchaug’s seven Clinical Day Treatment Schools as well as after-school treatment programs for children and adolescents with behavioral health and substance abuse issues.

The Hospital’s Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services program will also be based out of JC Thames Valley.

The two-floor facility will include a permanent workshop for the YouthWorks program, which teaches practical work skills such as carpentry and horticulture to at-risk adolescents. A Life Skills resource room will ready teenagers for independent living with lessons on cooking, personal finance and household management.

Natchaug’s Annual Board Reception, held at the Backus Business and Technology Center, also honored Jeffrey Koehl, President of SPIROL International Corporation; Eileen Ossen, Exeuctive Director of the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation; and retiring Board member Pedro Johnson with Distinguished Service Awards for their service to the community.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Patricia Rehmer gave keynote remarks on mental health discrimination in the wake of Sandy Hook.


Miceli Named Program Director for Sachem House Treatment Center

May 30, 2013

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that Lisa Miceli, Ph.D., will be the new program director at Natchaug Hospital’s Sachem House Treatment Center in Mansfield, Conn.

Sachem House is one of Natchaug Hospital’s four adult ambulatory substance abuse and mental health treatment programs throughout eastern Connecticut.  Services offered include day and evening partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient detoxification.

Prior to joining Sachem House, Miceli held a number of behavioral health positions with the armed forces, including her most recent post as Director of Behavioral Health for the Connecticut Army National Guard. She also worked for Connecticut College as a staff psychologist and coordinator for a SAMHSA suicide prevention grant, and at Safe Harbor
as an independent psychologist.

Miceli is no stranger to Natchaug; she completed her post-doctoral residency at the Hospital and also worked briefly as a psychological evaluator for Natchaug’s Clinical Day Treatment school.

Miceli received both her Ph.D. and Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.


 

 Altrusa Grant Provides “Comfort & Joy” to Young Natchaug Patients

May 28, 2013

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the Altrusa Club of Northeastern Connecticut has awarded a grant of $1,000 to continue the “Comfort & Joy” initiative which provides children in the hospital’s inpatient unit with soft toys or stuffed animals, or clothing and personal items when the family is unable to do so.

Many of Natchaug’s pediatric inpatient admissions arrive with no personal belongings. The Hospital will often provides clothing and toiletries so the child can comfortably participate in treatment. The Altrusa Club’s generous grant allows staff to also buy a personal soft toy or stuffed animal for the children, to alleviate anxiety and help them adjust to the unfamiliar environment.

During this past year, 650 children and adolescents from 94 towns were admitted to Natchaug Hospital for inpatient psychiatric treatment for acute emotional distress. Natchaug is one of just five child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient units in the state of Connecticut serving children as young as five years-old.

Altrusa is an international organization dedicated to improving communities by fostering volunteer work and service projects. The Northeastern Connecticut Club consists of approximately 45 women who volunteer in the community and provide grants for area non-profits.


 

 

Tedesco Named Program Director for RiverEast Treatment Center

April 15, 2013

VERNON, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that Lisa Tedesco, LADC, will be the new program director at Natchaug Hospital’s RiverEast Treatment Center in Vernon, Conn.

RiverEast is one of Natchaug Hospital’s four adult ambulatory substance abuse and mental health treatment programs throughout eastern Connecticut.  Services offered include day and evening partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient detoxification.

Prior to joining RiverEast, Tedesco served as a program coordinator at the Stonington Institute’s Adult PHP/IOP program. She previously served in the same capacity at Natchaug’s HHC partner, the Rushford Center, in adult outpatient services. Tedesco also held leadership positions in both inpatient and outpatient programs at the Howard Center and Valley Vista in Vermont.

Tedesco received her Master of Education in counseling psychology at Cambridge College in Springfield, Mass.


ECSU Luncheon Raises Over $12,000
For Natchaug Hospital Education Programs

March 28, 2013

Keynote speaker Harold Schwartz, M.D., shares his insights on Sandy Hook.

MANSFIELD, Conn. – The ECSU Foundation’s sixth annual luncheon benefiting Natchaug Hospital education programs raised over $12,000.

The event, held on Wednesday, March 27, was attended by more than 110 community representatives including Backus Hospital President and CEO David Whitehead; Connecticut State Rep. Susan Johnson; and Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Nunez, Ph.D.

Half of the funds raised at the event will be put towards Natchaug’s commitment to promote early detection and treatment of mental illness, an initiative endorsed by Vice President Joe Biden following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in December.

Harold Schwartz, M.D., psychiatrist-in-chief at the Institute of Living and a member of Governor Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, gave a keynote speech reflecting on the role of human interaction and development of empathy on the psyches of mass shooters.

The remaining funds will be invested in Natchaug Hospital’s ten-site, state-approved special education programs which help children whose mental health and emotional issues prevent them from succeeding in their local schools. This past year, Natchaug’s inpatient, residential and clinical day treatment school programs enrolled more than 920 students from 102 Connecticut towns.


Beckford Named Program Director
for Joshua Center Enfield After-School Programs

March 6, 2013

ENFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that Marva Beckford, LCSW, will direct the clinical and administrative aspects of Natchaug Hospital’s Joshua Center Enfield.

JC Enfield, one of Natchaug’s seven Joshua Centers throughout eastern Connecticut, offers partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for children and adolescents from ages 5 to 18 who struggle with social and emotional difficulties including mental illness, substance abuse and emotional trauma. Care occurs outside of school hours and transportation is provided.

Beckford comes to Natchaug from Value Options in Rocky Hill, Conn., where she served as a Clinical Care Manager. Prior to that, she worked as a Clinician and Assistant to the Director at Community Health Services in Hartford, Conn.

She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John’s University.


Bank of America Grant Funds Fifth Natchaug IICAPS Team

February 4, 2013

NORWICH, Conn. - Natchaug Hospital has received a grant of $20,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund – General Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee to form a fifth Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services team.

Natchaug’s Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) Program, which operates out of the Hospital’s Thames Valley ambulatory site in Norwich, serves families with children experiencing persistent psychiatric disorders.

The Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund’s donation will help form another team to the Natchaug Hospital IICAPS program, which already has four teams comprised of therapists and social workers.

The grant money will be used for intensive training in the IICAPS model for the new team members and a phasing in of services so more families can receive IICAPS services.

The IICAPS Program was developed at Yale University in 1996 to keep the children at home and reduce the frequency of hospitalizations and other out of home placements. Natchaug Hospital IICAPS Program, which is one of 18 throughout the state of Connecticut, served 74 families from 15 New London County towns this past year.


Ossen Foundation Grants Natchaug $33,124 for Interactive Whiteboards

January 22, 2013

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation granted the Hospital $33,124 for the improvement of classroom technology in Natchaug’s Windham and Mansfield Clinical Day Treatment and Inpatient Schools.

(L to R): Natchaug Principal Shawn Cyr, Natchaug President and CEO Stephen Larcen, Ph.D., and Board Chairman James Watson, M.D., are presented with a check by Eileen Ossen, Robyn McCullough and Deborah Walsh on behalf of the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation.

The grant will fund the addition of Promethean interactive whiteboards to classrooms and computer workstations that allow teachers and students to interact and utilize the boards.

Promethean interactive whiteboards, which were first introduced into Natchaug’s Journey House classrooms three years ago, provide an engaging learning experience for students and help build a foundation of computer skills. Interactive white boards are now being integrated into all of Natchaug’s classrooms as funds become available.

Natchaug Hospital operates CDT Schools at seven of its satellite locations throughout eastern Connecticut. In addition, Natchaug also operates an inpatient school at the main hospital in Mansfield, a residential school which serves the Journey House program for adolescent girls, and two special education schools contracted by the Norwich Public Schools.

The Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation is a private family foundation established in Connecticut by the late Jeffrey P. Ossen to continue his family tradition of commitment to enhancing the quality of life of the Windham community through grants to qualified charitable organizations.


ChelseaGroton Helps Fund Vocational Work Shop

November 31, 2012

MANSFIELD, Conn. –Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the ChelseaGroton Foundation has granted $500 to the Natchaug Hospital YouthWorks vocational skills program to assist in establishing a permanent workshop.

The YouthWorks program, which teaches vocational skills to students in grades seven to 12, currently operates out of a portable workshop which travels between the Joshua Center Northeast Clinical Day Treatment (CDT) School in Danielson, Conn. and the Thames Valley CDT School in Norwich, Conn.

As Natchaug restructures its southeast programs over the next year, merging Thames Valley and the Joshua Center Montville into a new building in Norwich, a permanent workshop for the YouthWorks program will be created at the new location to offer a more robust vocational experience to the CDT students.

YouthWorks, which was started in 2009, gives students the opportunity to learn vocational skills such as carpentry, bicycle maintenance, and horticulture to help prepare them for meaningful employment after graduation.

Natchaug Hospital operates seven Clinical Day Treatment Schools across eastern Connecticut. Students are referred to Natchaug CDT by their local schools and follow individualized education plans created with collaboration between the school district and Natchaug CDT staff.

The Chelsea Groton Foundation was established in June of 1999 with a two million dollar donation from the bank. Since then, the Foundation has awarded grants to a multitude of charitable organizations throughout Southeastern Connecticut, ranging from educational, cultural, scientific, health care and more.