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July 16, 2019. West Hartford, CT – Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) has received its triennial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) after having successfully completed a comprehensive assessment of the organization in May 2019. Findings from the report reflect multiple strengths of the agency, including positive feedback on its accessible leadership, skilled residential counselors, and innovative wellness programs.

CARF is an international, non-profit organization which provides accreditation services to health and human service providers that demonstrate a commitment to continually improve services to the community. Mental Health Connecticut maintains its accreditation with CARF to validate its adherence to the highest quality of care for the thousands of individuals MHC serves each year.

“The accreditation process is extensive. No stone is left unturned, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Receiving a high endorsement beyond receiving accreditation, and given their critical process, is validating for our team,” said Michael Culmo, MHC’s Senior Director of Community Services.

According to the report, “Mental Health Connecticut has a longstanding and well-deserved reputation in Connecticut with a tremendous history of being in existence for 110 years. The organization is viewed as an integral part of each community, a valuable service provider, and an organization with great integrity.”

Mental Health Connecticut was founded in 1908. A nonprofit organization with offices and services provided in Waterbury, Danbury, Bridgeport, Torrington, Stamford, and West Hartford, as well as statewide, MHC serves more than 3,800 residents and works with local and national leaders to instigate meaningful systems change. MHC has helped thousands of individuals obtain a safe home, achieve whole health, find self-fulfillment, and become an active member of their community.

Feedback from program participants were gathered as part of the accreditation process and shared in the final report. “Mental Health Connecticut’s program participants spoke very highly of all the services they receive saying, ‘they saved my life.’ They all loved the services, especially those at the Independence Center, MHC’s Recovery Resource Center in Waterbury, CT.”

“Receiving our triennial CARF accreditation validates the hard work and dedication of our team. Their commitment to excellence and high standards of care are how we meet our mission of improving mental health for all Connecticut residents,” Luis Pérez, President & CEO of Mental Health Connecticut.

About Mental Health Connecticut
Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is a statewide, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve mental health for all Connecticut residents. For 110 years, MHC has helped individuals achieve long-term wellness and independence while collaborating with local and national leaders to instigate meaningful systems change. MHC works to improve mental health services, promote recovery for people with mental health conditions, educate the community about the importance of mental wellness, and combat discrimination resulting from a mental health diagnosis. For more information, go to:

About CARF
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, enhancing the lives of persons served worldwide. The accreditation process applies CARF’s internationally recognized standards during and on-site conducted by peer surveyors. Accreditation, however, is an ongoing process that distinguishes a provider’s service delivery and signals to the public that the provider is committed to continuous performance improvement, responsive to feedback, and accountable to the community and its other stakeholders. For more information, please visit