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Merrimack College Department of Engineering Makes Memorial Donation to CLM

October 6, 2015

Merrimack College engineering students recently presented a donation in memory of Jordan Bedard to the Center for Life Management. The funds were raised through a student-organized Memorial Golf Tournament and the donation totaling $2,940 was recently MerrrimackDonation003presented to CLM CEO Vic Topo. 

Both CLM and the Bedard Family are very grateful and proud of the Merrimack College students for their generosity and effort in honoring the memory of Jordan, their friend and fellow engineering student.

Photo Caption: Merrimack College Engineering students Kristen Page, Jeffrey Zisre and Paul Gorton present the memorial donation to CLM CEO Vic Topo.


Reaching Out to Those at Risk of Suicide:  World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2015

According to the recently released World Health Organization (WHO) report: Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, over 800,000 people die by suicide across the world each year.  World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is September 10 and CLM joins that effort to reach out to individuals who may be vulnerable to suicide as well as those who have lost someone to suicide.

“Preventing Suicide:  Reaching Out and Saving Lives” is the theme of WSPD 2015, an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.  This year’s theme encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.

The simple act of showing care and concern to someone who may be vulnerable to suicide can be a game-changer. Suicide is devastating for families, friends and community members who are left behind.  As a result of the stigma surrounding suicide, those who are bereaved by suicide may feel they are perceived differently or others don’t understand the intensity of their emotions.

On September 10th, we join others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Learn more on how you can reach out and save lives.

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CLM Team Helps Clean-up for Earth Day

April 28, 2015

earthdayIn honor of Earth Day, on April 23 a team of staff from CLM volunteered to pick-up trash along Tsienneto Road in Derry.

The group gathered a total 30 bags of trash in the clean-up effort that also coincided with Go Green Derry Clean-up Week.

CLM Partners with Beacon Health Strategies for Medicaid Care Coordination

September 2, 2014

We are pleased to announce an innovative relationship with Beacon Health Strategies that will help ensure continuity within the behavioral health system through a state-of-the-art payment agreement. Beacon is the behavioral health partner for Well Sense Health Plan, one of the Medicaid managed care organizations in New Hampshire.

Through this first-in-the state capitation agreement, Beacon and CLM will collaborate in providing care management services to better integrate medical and behavioral health services. The collaboration will promote innovative, person-centric care that will result in better client outcomes.
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Community Residence for Seniors to Close in Derry

January 7, 2015

CLM has announced we will be closing a 15-bed community group residence for seniors located in Derry by early March of 2015. According to Vic Topo, President and CEO, the decision and planned closing of the residential program was recently approved by the organization's Board of Directors.

The Center for Life Management has operated the Beaver Lake Lodge residence located at 38 North Shore Road since 1988. During that time it has served as a group home for seniors living with mental illness.

"After exploring many options, we have come to the difficult decision to close our community residence in Derry," states Topo. "Residents and their families have been informed of the planned program closing and have been reassured that we have already initiated the process to find appropriate alternative housing placements for each individual resident." Topo emphasizes that the planned timeframe for the closing will be early March 2015, but timing will be kept flexible to ensure that all residents are settled into appropriate alternative settings. He also noted that as needed the residents will continue to receive the ongoing support of the full spectrum of services they receive from CLM including clinical services, community-based case management and functional support services as well as 24/7 emergency service support.

Topo notes that the most significant factor in the decision was that the program is housed in an aging building that has and would continue to require significant and costly improvements in order to maintain the quality and safety of living conditions for the residents. "The financial impact of adequately maintaining the facility simply has become too costly to justify and we made the difficult decision that these consumers will be best served in alternative community settings," says Topo.