CLM News

May 20, 2014

NH Governor Attends Substance Misuse Treatment Conference Presented by CLM

Substance Misuse Treatment and Trends was the topic of a conference presented by the Center for Life Management on Tuesday, May 20 at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy. NH Governor Maggie Hassan was the honored guest and made remarks at the opening of the conference attended by more than 200 people including mental health specialists, guidance counselors, school nurses, law enforcement and medical professionals.

The conference was presented by CLM with the support of funding provided by the NH Bureau of Behavioral Health. Programs speakers included Joseph Harding, Director of the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services; Thomas Andrew, MD, State of NH Medical Examiner; and Nick Pfeifer, LICSW, MLADC, with CLM substance misuse services.  Following the speakers’ presentations, there was a panel discussion with community experts representing school guidance, law enforcement, emergency medicine, mental health and substance abuse treatment.

According to Celia Felsenberg, LICSW, CLM’s Director of Adult Services, “The biggest reason for doing the conference is to bring all of these providers together to respond to a very prevalent issue in the state. We are trying to do what we can to move things in a more positive direction with resources and collaboration,” Felsenberg said.


NH Gov at Substance Misuse Treatment Conference

Lisa Madden, CLM Vice President & COO; Elizabeth Roth, Chair, CLM Board of Directors; NH Governor Maggie Hassan; Vic Topo, CLM President & CEO

October 31, 2013

NH Governor Maggie Hassan Proclaims October 31, 2013 Community Mental Health Day
Marks 50th Anniversary of Community Mental Health Act

On October 31, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Community Mental Health Act to federally fund community mental health centers and research facilities devoted to the treatment of mental illness. It was the last legislation President Kennedy signed into law.

“The 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act gives us occasion to celebrate a vision for behavioral health that has been 50 years in the making,” said Vic Topo, President and CEO of the Center for Life Management. “JFK encouraged a bold new approach to mental health, one in which the 'cold mercy' of custodial care would be replaced by the 'open warmth' of community. He established a vision we still strive to fully realize — for a community focused on prevention, treatment, education, and recovery.”

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50th anniversary

October 31, 2013

CLM Welcomes New Members to Senior Leadership Team

Derry, NH- The Center for Life Management has welcomed two new members to the senior leadership team of the non-profit community mental health agency. Joining CLM as Medical Director is Isabel Norian, MD, while Jennifer T. Troupe, MBA, has been named Vice President of Human Resources. The announcement is made by Vic Topo, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Norian is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and earned her medical degree at the University of St. Eustatius, Netherlands-Antilles. She completed her Psychiatric Residency as Chief Resident at the University of Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Norian earned a Bachelor’s degree at Harvard/Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Norian most recently was a member of the medical staff and faculty at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermont. While there she served as Attending Psychiatrist for inpatient psychiatry as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She has previously served on the medical staff at Danbury Hospital and Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, CT as well as on the medical staff at Arbour Hospital, Boston, MA.

Jennifer Troupe earned a Master of Business Administration at Rivier College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She most recently served as Director of Human Resources at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.

Ms. Troupe comes to CLM with extensive experience in human resources management having served in management positions for corporations including Corporate Express, Inc. (a Staples company), Boston Coach and Filene’s Basement, Inc. For a number of years, Ms. Troupe served as Vice President of Operations for a successful start up business.

senior leadership

September 11, 2013

DHHS Announces Care Management Open Enrollment for Medicaid Clients

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pleased to announce that the Medicaid Care Management (MCM) program is opening enrollment for its clients. Medicaid recipients will have 60 days to select one of the three health plans that will coordinate their care starting December 1, 2013. The health plans include Meridian Health Plan, New Hampshire Healthy Families, and Well Sense Health Plan.

"Open enrollment in New Hampshire's Medicaid Managed Care program is an important step forward in our efforts to improve the management of health care costs in the Medicaid program and to strengthen the quality of health care services for our citizens," Governor Maggie Hassan said. "The goal of New Hampshire's care management program is to improve outcomes for patients and to reduce costs for taxpayers. With these new plans, Medicaid participants now have more choices for finding quality health coverage that meets their needs. I want to thank DHHS Commissioner Toumpas, the Department's staff, and our Managed Care partners, as well as our hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers, for reaching this important milestone."

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Important Information About NH Medicaid Care Management Enrollment (click here for PDF)

3 plans to pick from - 3 way to enroll information (click here for pdf)

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August 9, 2013

CLM Signs on to Managed Medicaid Program

The Center for Life Management (CLM), a community mental health center and behavioral health services provider, has announced they have signed letters of agreement with each of the managed care organizations working with the State of NH Medicaid Care Management Program. According to Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO, "CLM has negotiated and finalized letters of agreement with Beacon Health Strategies, Cenpatico Behavioral Health and Meridian Health Plan—the three managed care organizations (MCO) charged with administering the Medicaid managed care system for behavioral health in NH."

Based in Derry, NH, CLM is the community mental health center serving the greater Derry-Salem-Plaistow region of the state. According to Topo, "As a behavioral health services provider, we are pleased to make this important step forward in working with each of the MCO organizations in the provision of managed Medicaid services. In a rapidly changing health care system, we believe CLM is well positioned to meet the rigors of a managed care environment, while continuing to provide effective evidenced-based treatment and maintaining a high quality standard of care for the clients we serve."


April 16, 2013

We are all saddened as a nation to be faced with coping in the aftermath of the traumatic events at yesterday's Boston Marathon. The bombing in Boston is especially significant as it strikes so close to home and our own community. We offer our support to all those either directly or indirectly impacted by this latest tragedy. For information and resources on helping children cope with the trauma, click on links below.

Parents tips for helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters. (pdf)

Parents tips for helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters.(pdf)

Parents tips for helping School-Age Children after Disasters. (pdf)

Parents tips for helping Adolescents after Disasters. (pdf)

Tips for talking with and helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event. (pdf)

Helping Children Cope

April 2, 2013

CLM's Dr. Morin-Davy Honored as Therapist of Year by NAMI NH

Congratulations to Louise Morin-Davy, PhD, Director of Child, Adolescent and Family Services at the Center for Life Management (CLM) who was recently honored with the Therapist of the Year Annual Award presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness NH (NAMI NH). Dr. Morin-Davy, Children's Director at CLM for seven years, was nominated and recognized for her work as a champion and advocate for youth struggling with mental health issues and their families trying to navigate the challenging world of school and community mental health services.

During her tenure at CLM, Dr. Morin-Davy has been a tireless proponent in building collaborative relationships between CLM and area schools to improve the effectiveness and access to community mental health resources for youth and families. Dr. Morin-Davy is a respected leader among her peers bringing her knowledge of local and national mental health resources to her work on numerous statewide initiatives to optimize protocols and improve mental health services for children and families throughout New Hampshire.

Dr. Morin-Davey

Louise is congratulated by Lisa Madden, CLM Vice President and COO, (left) and Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO (right).

Dr Morin-Davey Honored

CLM Program Directors, Senior Leadership and Children’s Team staff gathered around Louise to congratulate her on being honored as NAMI NH Therapist of the Year.

March 27, 2013

CLM Team is Top Fund Raiser for NAMI Walk

Ellen Malloy (center) from NAMI NH recently presented CLM with the trophy for being the top fund raising team for NAMI WalksNH 2012. This is the second year in a row the CLM Team has taken home the top fund raising recognition. The award trophy is an original sculpture created by Malloy which will be on display at CLM throughout the year. Accepting on behalf of CLM are Valerie O'Brien, ACT Team Coordinator and CLM's NAMI Walk Team Captain and Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO.

NAMI top fund raiser

March 20, 2013

CLM's TMS Therapy Program Reaches Service Milestone

Two years ago, CLM began providing TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy, a breakthrough non-drug treatment for depression. At that time, CLM was the first free standing community mental health organization in the country to offer this revolutionary, proven effective therapy for depression that utilizes the same magnetic technology used by magnetic resonance imaging.

Recently, CLM's Medical Director, Kevin DiCesare, MD, was designated as a blue circle NeuroStar provider. This designation is given to providers estimated to have performed approximately 500 or more treatments over the past twelve months, which would correspond to treating approximately 20 patients with a typical course of treatment during that period. Designation of a physician with a blue circle is intended to convey information about the estimated frequency of NeuroStar TMS Therapy treatments performed by a given physician.

Since TMS was introduced at CLM, several milestones have been reached in expanding insurance coverage for treatment with the FDA approved NeuroStar TMS technology. According to Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO, "That is very good news that is already having an impact on improving access to this effective new treatment for more depression sufferers. TMS therapy is now being covered by Medicare as well as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Tufts with prior-authorization. We believe this is a good indication that we will see more health plans covering TMS treatment in the future."

For more information on TMS Therapy at CLM click here.


TMS Therapy

March 15, 2013

Helping Kids Grieve

When a community suffers the untimely loss of a young person, many are touched by the loss including family, friends, school mates and others close to the tragedy.

To help young people cope, we share these tips on helping children grieve.

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children and teens

January 31, 2013

CLM Now Offering Reiki for Stress Relief and Wellness

Are you looking for more balance in your life? Are stress management and a better sense of well-being on your list of resolutions this year? To help individuals with these important health goals, CLM is pleased to announce we are now offering Reiki sessions, a healing energy therapy that is a powerful stress reducer that supports overall well-being.

Many ancient cultures embrace the belief that life energy flows through the body, deeply affecting our entire being. Current research strongly suggests that energy does extend through and beyond the physical body, and the disruptions or imbalances in its flow correlate to physical, mental and emotional illness. The gentle healing power of Reiki addresses these imbalances to support good health and well-being.

Reiki treatments at CLM will be provided by Christine Robb, a certified Reiki master. According to Robb, "Reiki is a gentle method of hands-on or hands-off healing that taps into the individual's energy flow." Reiki is not massage, hypnosis or a tool for diagnosing illness. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body's systems and the regenerative processes of body and mind.

Reiki has been shown to be effective in increasing feelings of relaxation, reduction of physical and emotional pain and other symptoms of discomfort due to illness or imbalance within the body. Used by a rapidly growing number of hospitals and clinics in the United States and around the world, Reiki complements medical treatment, behavioral health services and massage therapy. Reiki is appropriate for individuals in any state of health.

Reiki appointments can be scheduled as 15 / 30 / 45 or 60 minute sessions. Gift certificates are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 603.965.1590.

Reiki Therapy

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