'COMMUNITY SUCCESS'

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Aug. 5—WILLIMANTIC — In 2021, a Newsweek magazine survey ranked Community Health Resources as one of the best addiction treatment centers in the country.

During a ribbon- cutting at the Willimantic facility Thursday morning, U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney, D-2nd district, said the non- profit is a " pioneer" in Connecticut for the services it offers clients with mental health and substance abuse issues.

"This is really a community success, getting this facility," he said, noting there were several people involved in the project.

The event was also attended by State. Rep. Susan Johnson, D- Willimantic, State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, Windham Mayor Thomas DeVivo, CHR staff and others.

CHR provides a wide range of services, including outpatient therapy for children, teens, families and adults, including treatment for anxiety, depression, issues related to school and more.

It also provides comprehensive substance use treatments for clients, including treatment for opioid addictions and peer support services.

The new facility, which is an outpatient behavioral health clinic, opened at 1310 Main St. in spring 2021.

The grand- opening was delayed due to pandemic-related challenges. In addition to the Willimantic office, there are CHR offices in Danielson, Manchester, Bloomfield, Enfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown, Norwich, Putnam and Windsor.

Courtney spoke about the quality of the new facility.

" It's sort of a one- stop shopping site that will make sure that citizens of all ages, youngest to oldest, are going to be able to get help in one setting," he said.

Before CHR, a dollar store was in the 11,000 square-foot building, which is owned by Norwich Realty Inc. CHR services were consolidated from former locations in Mansfield and on Valley Street in Willimantic.

" We look forward to more growth in the years to come," CHR President/ Chief Executive Officer Heather Gates said during the event. " Fortunately, there is a great deal of funding coming into the state of Connecticut as well as to the federal government as the result of actions in Congress and that's great to see. It's been many, many years of waiting for funding that's available for the services that we know are so

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