Behavioral Health

Our Department

The Behavioral Health Department provides services geared toward children, adolescent, and adults. The Department is staffed with licensed clinicians (LCSW and LMSW), board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with extensive clinical training in mental health and substance abuse.

 

Our staff is culturally diverse and can provide behavioral health services in several languages, including Spanish and English. For languages not spoken by our clinicians and providers, the department utilizes a translation service line to better serve our patients in their preferred language. For more information about our providers, please click on the provider image below for the provider's biography.

 

Our goal is to provide an open, supportive and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are most important to you.

 

We are part of a comprehensive and integrated service modality that provides patients access to immediate dental, medical (adult, pediatric, adolescent, and women's health), and other specialty services within our Hartford and Windsor offices. 

Contact our office:
Behavioral Health

First Floor
 

Telephone: (860) 249-9625, ext. 892
Fax: (860) 761-0773

Clinical Hours:

     Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am -5:30 pm

     Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

 

Director:

     Sarah MacDonald, DSW, LCSW

Assistant Director:

     Letriece Harris, LCSW

Practice Manager: 

     Indraji Mahabamunuge, MSHA

Types of Appointments & Services

OPEN ACCESS

If seeking behavioral health services, our department is open to all Monday through Friday. Patients are welcome to call our office number to obtain a same day initial appointment with a licensed clinician. In order to ensure delivery of quality care, first-time appointments may take up to 90 minutes. Subsequent appointments are generally between 30 and 45 minutes long and can be scheduled in our office, as well as via telehealth for your convenience. 

Individual counseling provides you with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a clinician. Our clinicians are here to address areas such as development of skills to manage feelings of anxiety or depression, stress, coping with difficult relationships, understanding identity, improving self-esteem, recovering from trauma, and improving your social functioning, to name just a few. Our clinicians are here to learn about you as an individual to help address your needs. 

Medication Management

Individual Counseling

Our psychiatrist and APRNs provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment for both adults and children.

 

The team may offer medication management and psychotherapy based on the diagnosis and patient needs.  Our prescribers provide an integrated continuum of care for individuals with a variety of mental health issues. They work closely with the clinicians in a team modality.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

9:00 am - 1:00 pm**

                    **currently unavailable
                    due to COVID restrictions

Individual counseling provides you with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a therapist. Areas often addressed in counseling include development of skills to manage feelings of anxiety or depression, stress, coping with difficult relationships, understanding identity, improving self-esteem, recovering from trauma, and improving your social functioning, to name just a few.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program

 

CHS is the recipient of the HRSA Substance Abuse Service Expansion funding.

 

With this grant, CHS will be able to accommodate 400 new patients annually and expand its Medication Assisted Treatment services tremendously.

For more information about our MAT program, click here

Intake Evaluation

 

An intake appointment will be given to you to complete an initial assessment.  It is important that you do not miss this intake and that you come on time.  Late arrivals will not be seen.

 

This intake evaluation will be with a licensed clinician for about 1 to 1.5 hours. Unfortunately due to the high demand, if you miss the initial appointment, we will not be able to reschedule. However, if you would still like to be seen, your name will be added to our wait list and you will be called in the next 30 days. 

 

As part of the initial evaluation a urine sample is required. Clinicians will seek information about presenting problem and will help you develop a treatment plan to address identified needs.

Group Counseling

 

Group counseling represents the most effective treatment in many situations, including but not limited to: relationship difficulties; depression; interpersonal conflicts; personality issues; family conflicts; substance use; poor social skills; loss or isolation; anger management; and, anxiety. 

 

Groups are led by licensed therapists and gathers about 6-12 individuals on a weekly basis for 1 hour. Groups available at CHS include:

  • ADHD

  • Adolescent Coping Skills

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety Management

  • Co-occurring

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Mental Health

  • Older Adults

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Substance Use

  • Suboxone

  • Trauma

Suboxone Maintenance

 

Suboxone is a medication prescribe to assist individuals with withdrawal symptoms experienced with opiates.  Our Suboxone Program is designed to help patients struggling with opiate (heroin) addiction. 

 

In order to be considered for Suboxone Treatment, you will need to meet the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrate commitment to recovery by attending weekly recovery group at BH Department.

  • Must have weekly urine tox screens free of all substances

  • If potential client is currently using alcohol, cocaine or any benzos, she/he will not be considered for suboxone treatment.

  • If a detox is required, our clinical staff will be able to refer you to an inpatient program.

  • Once you have began Suboxone Treatment, you are required to continue attending weekly groups and providing urine sample on a weekly basis.  In order to remain in this program you are required to remain free of all substances.

Our Teams
Elsie Vazquez-Long,
LMSW
Melissa Bellanfante, LCSW
Daniel Llerena
Daniel Llerena, LMSW
Chengping Wang
Chengping Wang, APRN
Andrea North
Gurender
Sahani, MD
Andrea North, LCSW
Letriece
Harris, Assistant Clinical Director, LCSW
Nashka Carrion
Nashka Carrion, LMSW
Chedene Ewart- BIO
Chedene Ewart, LMSW
Beatrice Peku, APRN