January 21, 2019
Southern New Hampshire Human Service Council Meets at CLM
We were pleased to welcome the Southern NH Human Service Council (SNHHSC) for their monthly meeting in January. SNHHSC has 20+ years of service to the Greater Derry, Salem and Plaistow communities.
The Council meets the second Thursday each month (excluding July & August) at 9:00 a.m. at CLM and offers human services providers, businesses and other interested individuals the opportunity to collaborate in serving our community. SNHHSC members network, participate in training to enhance their ability to serve the community and, when necessary, identify and advocate for human rights and services.
November 29, 2018
CLM Welcomes New Medical Director
We are pleased to announce Kenneth Brown, MD, has been named Medical Director for CLM. Dr. Brown has been a valuable part our organization since 1997, having served as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in both our Derry and Salem offices. Additionally, Dr. Brown brings a diverse variety of expertise to this role, including medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders, geriatric psychiatry, and diagnosis and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Brown’s administrative experience includes having held the position of Medical Director at Recovery Matters as well as Hampstead Hospital.
Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University, a Master of Public Health from Tulane University and a Doctor of Medicine, also from Tulane. He completed his general psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Brown assumed the role of Medical Director for CLM on November 20th. We greatly appreciate the service and significant contributions of former Medical Director Isabel Norian, MD, as well as Interim Medical Director Marcia Pabo, MD, both of whom remain on CLM’s Medical Staff as Psychiatrists for Adult Services.
November 12, 2018
Donation Drive in Observance of Veterans Day
Honoring the service of our veterans. CLM’s Employee Events Committee recently held a Donation Drive to benefit the Derry Veterans Assistance Fund (DVAF). Members of the committee gathered the collected items that were donated to the DVAF in observance of Veterans Day.
The DVAF was established in 2016 by a desire to help those who have served in our country's armed forces in our community. Their goal is to work with other local organizations to help identify, assist and connect veterans in need with resources they may not know are available to them as well as provide assistance if there is a waiting period before resources are made available to them. The hope is that, through this guidance, no veteran in our community will have to sacrifice more than they have already in protecting our freedoms and liberty.
October 15, 2018
CLM Honored as 2018 Compass Award Recipient
The Center for Life Management (CLM) was among the 2018 Compass Award Recipients recognized by Community Crossroads at the 4th Biennial Partnership Celebration held recently at the Atkinson Country Club. The Compass Awards recognize individuals or entities that exemplify: “Guidance, Support and Advocacy”. Those selected have selflessly taken action toward helping our local communities be more informed, better places for all to enjoy, and welcoming for citizens of all abilities.
CLM was honored to be recognized as one of this year’s Compass Award recipients and to be presented with the Community Resource Award. In presenting the award, it was noted that CLM has worked collaboratively with Community Crossroads to support people with complicated dual-diagnosis needs. CLM is very involved and is skilled in providing services for people who are diagnosed with both developmental disabilities (DD) and mental health challenges. CLM truly understands how mental health issues impact people with DD and serves those whose needs are truly complex and don’t fit easily within any one system. This unique DD and mental health system partnership is a one-of-a-kind, best-practice model in NH.
Community Crossroads serves individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders and their families. As a comprehensive human services agency, Community Crossroads coordinates a vast array of services to individuals in need of long-term supports throughout their lifespan. CLM is proud to be a collaborative partner in our shared mission to serve individuals with mental health needs live successfully with as much independence as possible within the communities we serve.
Pictured: Accepting the award on behalf of CLM are Vic Topo, CEO; Elissa Elliot, Collaborative Care Team Leader; Celia Felsenberg, Director of Strategic Development; and Julie Lago, Collaborative Care Coordinator.
August 15, 2018
Integrating Care for Co-occurring Mental Illness and Chronic Disease to Improve Client Outcomes
Our thanks to Tracy Tinker, RN, MSN, who presented a training program on the Intersection of Chronic Disease and Behavioral Health recently attended by 40 CLM staff. A Nurse Case Manager at the Healthcare for the Homeless program of Catholic Medical Center, Tracy is a passionate advocate for client-centered goal setting for clients with diabetes/pre-diabetes helping them to successfully achieve self-management goals. Topics covered included an overview of chronic disease management related to diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol).
Our goal in the coming months and years is to move forward with our agency’s healthcare integration planning. The focus of that work will be to better identify and integrate treatment planning for clients with co-occurring mental illness and chronic disease conditions. Through these efforts, we anticipate better outcomes for these higher risk individuals.
The training was provided in-part thanks to the funding support of the Network4Health our region’s Integrated Delivery Network.
Photo L to R: Tracy Tinker with CLM's Celia Felsenberg
August, 6, 2018
10th Annual Benefit Concert and Auction Raised Funds and Mental Health Awareness
THANK YOU TO ALL who volunteered time, donated auction items, sponsored and attended our 10th Annual Benefit Concert and Auction. It's the support of many that helped make this our most successful event yet raising more than $33,000 to support the CLM Foundation. Proceeds this year will support Wellness Programs for Uninsured Adults and Children.
Held on Friday, July 20, our headliners this year were Changes In Latitudes the premier Jimmy Buffett tribute show with The Last Duo back by popular demand to open the show. We also added a Live Auction to this year's event which was a great success.
Our special appreciation goes to our sponsors including: CGI Benefit Solutions, Anthem, Betley Chevrolet, Exeter Hospital/CORE Physicians, Betley Chevrolet, Derry Neurological Associates, Genoa Healthcare, Boston Retirement Advisors, Pentucket Bank, People’s United Bank, Wisehart Wimette, Caron Bletzer, CASO, Susan Davis, Hampstead Hospital, Hinckley Allen, Landmark Benefits, MHF Design Consultants, Parkland Medical Center, American Excavating, Trivantus, Bergeron Family in Memory of Jean Fisher, RAM Printing, Richards Manus Family, Vic Topo, and USI. Friends of the CLM Foundation: Gail Corcoran, Judi Ryan, Caron Bletzer, Edward C. David & Co., Guidance Point Retirement Services and Tires Too. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Tupelo Music Hall.
Photo credit: Simply Mella Photography
April 12, 2018
Voices for Mental Health State House Day Supports Mental Health in NH
Voices for Mental Health State House Day was held on April 10 at the NH State House. The Community Mental Health Center Executive Directors gathered at the proclamation ceremony and press conference. CLM CEO Vic Topo and Board member Gail Corcoran had an opportunity to speak with Governor Sununu (photo right).
We appreciated the opportunity to also meet with area representatives and hear from guest speaker Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers. CLM representatives also participated in a round table meeting to discuss critical issues facing NH's mental health system of care. The day was dedicated to raising voices in support of mental health in NH.
The Voices for Mental Health State House Day was supported by the NH Community Behavioral Health Association whose members include the ten community health centers that serve each region of New Hampshire.
April 2, 2018
Astros United 2nd Annual Catwalk for a Cause Raises $2000 to benefit CLM
THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS Astros United Club for the success of the Second Annual Catwalk for a Cause held Friday, March 30th at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy. We appreciate that the Center for Life Management was selected to benefit from the $2,000 in proceeds raised. THANK YOU FOR SHINING A LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH AND HELPING TO STOP STIGMA. We are very proud to be a part of this wonderful event and the incredible group of young people, teachers, parents and supporters that contributed to its success.
Our SPECIAL THANKS to PA student Andy Mino who, after losing a good friend to suicide, dedicated his senior capstone project to suicide prevention and awareness. Andy presented a check for $445 to benefit the Center for Life Management.
January 10, 2018
CLM Employees Recognized for Service Year Milestones
Congratulations and thank you to this wonderful group of CLM employees recently honored at a Recognition Luncheon for their years of dedication and service to CLM. Each of the staff members were honored by their supervisors who shared wonderful tributes to the commitment and talents of this tremendous group of staff members.
It is our "people power" that makes a difference every day in the lives of the clients and communities we serve. We are very proud of the skilled, professional and compassionate individuals on our staff.
Pictured along with their years of service are:
Front Row, L to R: Julie Robichaud (15), Stephanie Cuthbert (10), Lee Boudreau (20), Lynda Silegy (10), Sarah Cadek (10), Sandra Norton (15), Danielle Alpers (5), Carla McKenzie (10), Caroline Winn (10). Second Row, L to R: Michael Bergeron (30), Victoria Dussault (5), Erin Wood (10), Vic Topo, Kerry Ali (5), Ashley O’Donnell (5)
Not pictured, but recognized for their service were: Patrick Carr (5), Stephen Consoli (10), Rebecca Kentner (5), Julie Lago (5), Karissa White (5).
December 18, 2017
CLM Awarded Grants to Support Services for Veterans, Military Members and Families
CLM has been awarded two grants designated to support the provision of mental health services for veterans, military members and their families. The grants were awarded by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable ServiceTrust in the amount of $20,000 and by the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program in the amount of $25,000.
CLM is committed to improving access and quality of behavioral health care for veterans, military members and their families. Through the Military Advantage Program, which is supported by these grants, CLM is able to provide an integrated, wrap-around approach and a scope of services that includes clinical mental health services, case management, supported employment and other supportive services.
According to Celia Felsenberg, CLM Director of Strategic Development, “We are proud to participate in the statewide Community Mental Health Center Military Liaison Initiative. As part of our commitment, we have established a military focused, multi-disciplinary treatment team and all members have completed Military Culture training and in some cases have military experience themselves. Additionally, we have adopted the “Ask the Question” campaign to actively identify service members and their families beginning with our intake process.”