Community Mental Health Affiliates

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Community Mental Health Affiliates is located in New Britain, Connecticut. Community Mental Health Affiliates provides case management, housing programs, and community services.

Community Mental Health Affiliates Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Community Mental Health Affiliates offer?

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it’s important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.

Life Skills

TLC provides residents the opportunity to gain the skills and experience necessary to live more independently in the community. Residential counselors assist clients in arranging appointments and entitlements and developing daily living, money management, personal care, cooking, housekeeping, and socialization skills.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Community Mental Health Affiliates Highlights:

Community Support Program/Recovery Pathways Case Management Program provides short-term community advocacy and long- term case management assistance to help consumers lead lives of independence and choice in their community settings. Clients are assisted as they return to the community following hospitalization, and support and discharge planning is provided while clients are still hospitalized. The program helps consumers learn what is needed to successfully manage symptoms and obtain entitlements, education, and employment. Case Management links consumers to all available and relevant services and helps them advocate for themselves whenever necessary and possible. The majority of services are provided with and by clients in their own homes or community settings. The Case Management staff is fluent in English, Polish and Spanish.
Next Steps services provide flexible, intensive long-term case management to consumers transitioning from hospitalization or homelessness and living in public housing in New Britain and Bristol. The program helps consumers learn what is needed to successfully manage symptoms and obtain entitlements, education, and employment. The majority of services are provided with and by clients in their own homes or community settings.
The Supported Housing program provides long-term intensive case management assistance to help consumers stay in their housing of choice. The program aids individuals who are homeless, have a mental illness/addiction, or who have HIV/AIDS and are willing to participate in professional care. Staff provides liaison support with landlords, entitlement offices, health care, and other community stakeholders. Languages spoken include English, Jamaican Patois and Spanish, and towns of service include New Britain, Bristol, Plainville, Southington, Plymouth, Berlin and Burlington.
The Community Outreach Program for Engagement (COPE) provides a comprehensive array of behavioral health services and substance abuse services to men and women over the age of 18. Individual therapy, case management, and outreach modalities are utilized in accordance with an individualized treatment plan provided by the treatment team and the client. Psychiatric assessment and medication management are also provided. Services are provided in English and Spanish.
The Community Support Program (CSP) provides innovative, recovery-oriented mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation services to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining independent community living. The services are delivered through a team approach which provides all-encompassing support for a variety of issues, including managing mental health or co-occurring disorders.
Community Connections for Survivors provides wrap around services to children and adults who have experienced victimization from crime (physical, sexual, or verbal abuse, etc.), including unreported crimes. The program provides a unique approach to community based treatment to meet the needs of individuals who are in need of advocacy, linkage to services, and emotional support. Referrals may be made through the Office of Victim Services, court personnel, hospitals, clinical providers, state agencies, or self referrals. Service areas include cities and towns of the following courts: Bristol, New Britain, Torrington, and Waterbury.
The Center for Career Development provides employment and education support services to individuals in New Britain, Bristol, Plainville, Southington, Berlin and Burlington who are recovering from chronic mental illness and/or substance addiction and are interested in working, volunteering, or beginning their education. The program helps clients acquire the life skills necessary to become competitively employed or educated and retain jobs or education to match their unique strengths and preferences. Services include career and education exploration, job search assistance, resume development, job development and networking, job coaching, and transportation to and from job interviews. Staff is fluent in English and Spanish, and hours are flexible to provide on-site job support as needed.
The Jail Diversion Program helps adults with psychiatric disabilities and less serious, non-violent criminal offenses to obtain access to community services. In doing so, clients are diverted from the corrections system and placed in more appropriate settings. In addition, the Jail Diversion program acts as a resource for the Department of Corrections in planning releases and discharges of inmates impacted by mental illness. CMHA employs experienced clinicians and case managers to work in the Jail Diversion Program. Staff has offices at CMHA in New Britain, and is present in New Britain and Bristol courts every day. The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) funds the Jail Diversion program.




  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • Cash payments accepted

Rehabs in Connecticut

  • Silver Hill Hospital 208 Valley Road New Canaan, CT 06840
  • Community Mental Health Affiliates - Adult Services 5 Hart Street New Britain, CT 06052
  • Community Health Services - Behavioral Health Department 503 Windsor Avenue Unit 511 Windsor, CT 06095
  • Community Health Services - Behavioral Health Department 500 Albany Avenue Hartford, CT 06120


  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children
  • Special programs for patients with HIV or AIDS