CMHC. Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation, Inc.

Connecticut Mental Health
Center Foundation, Inc.

34 Park Street, Suite 144
New Haven, CT

Phone: (203) 974-7089
Fax: (203) 974-7719




The Hill Famers' Market at CMHC,

a partnership with CitySeed


Every Friday, 11:00am - 2:00pm

in the parking lot at CMHC

34 Park Street, New Haven

Left-Right: Nicole Berube, CitySeed Executive Director; Kyle Pedersen, CMHC Foundation Director; Michael Sernyak, CMHC CEO

5th Annual Season

Coming Summer of 2014! 


The Hill Farmers' Market at CMHC


The Hill Farmers' Market at CMHC, entering its sixth year at CMHC, is a partnership with CitySeed to promote healthy eating and access to fresh food.  The 2014 market will be open every Friday from 11:00am-2:00pm, and will feature food demonstrations, live entertainment, and a CMHC Foundation Tent with arts, handcrafts and educational resources.

The Hill Farmers' Market at CMHC



Chaplin Farms, Chaplin

George Hall Farm, Simsbury

Roses for Autism, Guilford

Payment Options

  Baked Goods/Arts and Handcrafts

     at the CMHC Foundation Tent


Questions? More Information? 

Sharon DeGenaro




Studies have shown that people with serious mental illness have greatly shortened lifespans, mostly due to the diseases or overconsumption like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol.

While historically physical health has not been considered part of the focus of community mental health centers, we have come to believe that addressing and promoting the availability of high quality, health-promoting food is essential for the improvement of the health of people who come to us for services.

As part of this initiative we have been privileged to work with bold and innovative thinkers in the field of health promotion through food. Our "Centerpiece fo Health" event is an excellent example of the kinds of collaboration we treasure and that help us do the most for the people we serve.

Thank you for joining us in our quest to be the best, most innovative community health center in the country.

Michael J. Sernyak, MD

Chief Executive Officer, CMHC












Current Programs

Financial Health Initiative

Partnering with the Corporation for Enterprise Development

using micro-economics to help clients reduce financial stress, build assets and improve overall health outcomes

Culture of Compassion—Nonviolent Communication in Inpatient Services

Partnering with Community Mediation

improving the treatment environment and quality of care on the CMHC inpatient unit through a range of interventions and skill-building opportunities for staff and patients

Centerpiece of Health—Transforming CMHC Food Service

Partnering with Fresh Advantage

improving all aspects of CMHC food service operations including complete kitchen and dining area renovations and equipment upgrades.

CMHC Courtyard Garden

Partnering with New Alliance Foundation, Common Ground High School & Green Village Intiative

clients, staff, and volunteers growing fresh food and flowers together in CMHC's courtyard garden. Keep an eye out for pictures of our growth, coming this Spring!

Community Garden

Partnering with New Haven Land Trust, Advanced Nursing Rehabilitation Center & the Hill North Neighborhood

growing a community garden in the Hill North neighborhood on the corner of Asylum and Sylvan Avenues...a short walk from CMHC.

Pam Carmi Planting      remembrance tree

Left: The CMHC Courtyard Garden received a boost in July when community members gathered together for a group planting.

Right: A staff member cares for the Remembrance Tree, where anyone can place the name of a friend, loved one, or inspirational figure.


Past Programs

Yoga with 108 Monkeys

Children's Peer-to-Peer Support Project

Tune in with TV

Foot-Care Clinic

Studio Jams

LEAP Loans, Micro-Loans

Music & Meditation

Labyrinth Project

Welcome Basket

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Smoking Cessation

The Parachute Factory

Harvest Haven

Wellness Project for Physical Fitness

Focus In Photography Project

Whole food cooking demonstration with Contra Tiempo dance company from Los Angeles, CA

Whole food cooking demonstration with Contra Tiempo dance company from Los Angeles, CA


In 2008, the Foundation funded two internship positions for persons in recovery at The Parachute Factory Gallery in Erector Square, New Haven.

CMHC Foundation Event

Parachute Factory Gallery


Public Allies Connecticut is a program of RYASAP (Regional Youth Adult Social Action Paternership), and a proud member of the AmeriCorp national service network.

Public Allies Connecticut has partnered with nonprofit organizations across Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford to create New Leaders for New Times. Public Allies sees strong partnerships as a key strategy for strengthening communities, nonprofits, and civic participation and are always seeking out community-minded entities. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating the belief that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.

We are hosting Jennifer Myatt, our Public Ally for the 2014. She recently graduated from the Unviersity of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. "I joined Public Allies because I had a great experience working with a non-profit organization in college. I wanted to work with a non-profit in my community after graduating. I truly hope to increase capacity of the CMHC Foundation and better the whole CMHC community", Jenn says.

We are excited be a partner organization with Public Allies this year.

Requests for Funds

The CMHC Foundation funds innovative projects that address the overall health and quality of life for people in recovery served by the Connecticut Mental Health Center and through the Community Services Network.  Eligible projects will provide direct and immediate access to resources, opportunities and supports that enhance the quality of life in the priority areas listed below, and, whenever possible, will utilize persons in recovery in the planning, provision, and evaluation of the activities or services.  Preference is also given to projects that demonstrate partnerships among organizations and individuals.

Please contact us for more information about current or past programs or to inquire about funding opportunities: Director, Kyle Pedersen, at 203-974-7089 or



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