Bank of America Grant Funds Fifth Natchaug IICAPS Team
| February 4, 2013
Ossen Foundation Grants Natchaug $33,124 for Interactive
Whiteboards | January 22, 2013
ChelseaGroton Helps Fund Vocational Work Shop |
November 31, 2012
AT&T Grants $5,000 for Seven Challenges®
| November 26, 2012
Young Adult Program Expands to Dayville | October 17, 2012
Susco and Neubauer Named Inpatient Nurse Managers |
October 5, 2012
Cyr and O'Day
Join CDT School Leadership | September 7, 2012
Funds Sensory Integration at JC Northeast | August 29, 2012
Funds Interactive White Boards | July 25, 2012
Natchaug Named Sole CT Site for Federal Medicaid
Demonstration | July 2, 2012
February 4, 2013
NORWICH, Conn. - Natchaug Hospital has received a grant of $20,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund – General Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee to form a fifth Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services team.
Natchaug’s Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) Program, which operates out of the Hospital’s Thames Valley ambulatory site in Norwich, serves families with children experiencing persistent psychiatric disorders.
The Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund’s donation will help form another team to the Natchaug Hospital IICAPS program, which already has four teams comprised of therapists and social workers.
The grant money will be used for intensive training in the IICAPS model for the new team members and a phasing in of services so more families can receive IICAPS services.
The IICAPS Program was developed at Yale University in 1996 to keep the children at home and reduce the frequency of hospitalizations and other out of home placements. Natchaug Hospital IICAPS Program, which is one of 18 throughout the state of Connecticut, served 74 families from 15 New London County towns this past year.
January 22, 2013
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation granted the Hospital $33,124 for the improvement of classroom technology in Natchaug’s Windham and Mansfield Clinical Day Treatment and Inpatient Schools.
The grant will fund the addition of Promethean interactive whiteboards to classrooms and computer workstations that allow teachers and students to interact and utilize the boards.
Promethean interactive whiteboards, which were first introduced into Natchaug’s Journey House classrooms three years ago, provide an engaging learning experience for students and help build a foundation of computer skills. Interactive white boards are now being integrated into all of Natchaug’s classrooms as funds become available.
Natchaug Hospital operates CDT Schools at seven of its satellite locations throughout eastern Connecticut. In addition, Natchaug also operates an inpatient school at the main hospital in Mansfield, a residential school which serves the Journey House program for adolescent girls, and two special education schools contracted by the Norwich Public Schools.
The Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation is a private family foundation established in Connecticut by the late Jeffrey P. Ossen to continue his family tradition of commitment to enhancing the quality of life of the Windham community through grants to qualified charitable organizations.
November 31, 2012
MANSFIELD, Conn. –Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the ChelseaGroton Foundation has granted $500 to the Natchaug Hospital YouthWorks vocational skills program to assist in establishing a permanent workshop.
The YouthWorks program, which teaches vocational skills to students in grades seven to 12, currently operates out of a portable workshop which travels between the Joshua Center Northeast Clinical Day Treatment (CDT) School in Danielson, Conn. and the Thames Valley CDT School in Norwich, Conn.
As Natchaug restructures its southeast programs over the next year, merging Thames Valley and the Joshua Center Montville into a new building in Norwich, a permanent workshop for the YouthWorks program will be created at the new location to offer a more robust vocational experience to the CDT students.
YouthWorks, which was started in 2009, gives students the opportunity to learn vocational skills such as carpentry, bicycle maintenance, and horticulture to help prepare them for meaningful employment after graduation.
Natchaug Hospital operates seven Clinical Day Treatment Schools across eastern Connecticut. Students are referred to Natchaug CDT by their local schools and follow individualized education plans created with collaboration between the school district and Natchaug CDT staff.
The Chelsea Groton Foundation was established in June of 1999 with a two million dollar donation from the bank. Since then, the Foundation has awarded grants to a multitude of charitable organizations throughout Southeastern Connecticut, ranging from educational, cultural, scientific, health care and more.
November 26, 2012
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital received a $5,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation toward the incorporation of The Seven Challenges® treatment model into the Hospital’s adolescent treatment programs. Developed by Robert Schwebel, Ph.D., this evidence-based holistic program fits well with Natchaug Hospital’s current adolescent psychiatric treatment programs.
The Seven Challenges®
is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a
decision and commitment to change - and to support success in implementing the
desired changes. The program simultaneously helps young people address their
drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational
problems, and psychological problems.
Natchaug Hospital, a provider of adolescent psychiatric services for 37 years, will incorporate The Seven Challenges® into its ten-site network of mental health and addiction treatment programs.
October 16, 2012
DAYVILLE, Conn. – Starting on Monday, Natchaug Hospital’s Young Adult Program expanded to its Quinebaug Treatment Center in Dayville.
The Hospital’s inaugural Young Adult program, which serves 18- to 25-year-olds struggling at work, in school or with relationships due to mental illness or substance abuse, began in January at the Main Hospital in Mansfield. The positive response from the community encouraged Natchaug administrators to immediately begin planning the expansion.
“The northeastern corner of the state was in need of services for this specific population,” Quinebaug Program Director Leah Russack-Baker, Ed.D, LADC, said. “We’re excited to offer specialized clinical treatment, and are working to include developmental, educational and vocational aspects relevant to this age group through collaboration with community providers.”
In order to minimize conflicts with school or work, the program is run Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The length of treatment generally runs six to eight weeks depending on the individual needs of the client.“Young adults are an in-between population. They’re no longer children and our society expects them to be completely independent adults,” Dr. Russack-Baker said. “We want to teach them that it’s alright to be interdependent with adults in their life, and that it’s okay to ask for and receive help.”
October 5, 2012
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of two inpatient nurse managers. Kelly Susco, RN-BC, MA, LADC, will serve as the Nurse Manager for the Adult Inpatient Unit and Gerard Neubauer, BS, will head the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit, both of which are located on the Hospital’s Mansfield Center campus.
Most recently, Susco served as the Patient Service Manager for Dual Diagnosis & General Psychiatric Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Prior to that, Susco worked at a number of Connecticut behavioral health centers including the UConn John Dempsey Hospital, St. Francis Behavioral Health, New Britain General Hospital, and Natchaug Hospital.
Susco received her BSN from the University of Connecticut and her MA in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven. She is ANCC Board Certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse.
Neubauer has over 20 years of hospital management experience. He comes to Natchaug from Brown University-affiliated Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island where he was Director of Nursing and Acting Chief Nursing Officer for the past decade. Neubauer has also held a variety of other Nurse Manager Positions.
Neubauer received his BS in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island and his BS in Nursing from Rhode Island College.
Natchaug Hospital’s inpatient unit consists of six child, 18 adolescent, and 33 adult beds. Between the two units, an average of 57 clients receive treatment on a daily basis.
September 7, 2012
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that Shawn Cyr and Tom O'Day have joined the CDT School leadership. Cyr will serve as principal of the Mansfield CDT and Inpatient Schools, while O'Day will head the Windham CDT and Journey House Schools.
Cyr comes to Natchaug from Berlin Public Schools where he served as a special education teacher in the alternative high school program. Prior to that, he served as a one-to-one, paraprofessional, substitute teacher and full-time teacher at a residential school in Hartford. In addition to his teaching experience, Cyr has served as an administrative intern, union representative, and interim department coordinator.
“This is an excellent opportunity to assist in the education of the whole child,” Cyr said. “We have new and returning staff at both programs this year, and I cannot wait to work with them after all the great things I’ve heard.”
Prior to joining Natchaug, O’Day spent 13 years as an assistant principal, first at Windham Middle School and most recently at Windham High School. In addition to his experience in public school administration, O’Day has held a number of supervisory and teaching positions in special education including nine years as a Special Education Coordinator for the Natchaug Hospital School Program.
“Having worked at Natchaug for many years, I feel very connected to the Hospital and am excited to be back,” O’Day said. “I think I can bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm for working with at-risk youth to both Windham CDT and Journey House.”
Natchaug Hospital runs CDT Schools at seven of its satellite locations throughout eastern Connecticut. In addition, Natchaug also operates an inpatient school at the main hospital in Mansfield, a residential school which serves the Journey House program for adolescent girls, and two special education schools contracted by the Norwich Public Schools.
August 29, 2012
DANIELSON, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the Putnam Bank Foundation awarded the Joshua Center Northeast a $1,000 grant to purchase sensory integration resources.
Some of the resources purchased with the grant include sensory balls and a small trampoline, which help improve body awareness, coordination, balance and motor skills, as well as bean bag chairs and fidgets which have focusing and calming effects. Treatment manuals for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder were also obtained through the grant.
“This kind of sensory integration has proven to be really effective in helping children,” said Kerri Griffin, Program Director for Joshua Center Northeast. “Some of the kids we work with have different ways of organizing and interpreting information, so these tools can be really beneficial.”
Joshua Center Northeast operates one of Natchaug’s six outpatient programs for children and adolescents and also houses one of seven State-approved Clinical Day Treatment schools.
The Joshua programs offers partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for children and adolescents from ages 5 to 18 who struggle with social and emotional difficulties including mental illness, substance abuse and emotional trauma. The program operates a group therapy model with additional oversight from a psychiatrist, and includes family therapy.
The Joshua Clinical Day Treatment (CDT) school is a state-approved special education program operated with support from the home schools of the students. The school, which is one of seven CDT programs run by Natchaug, currently serves adolescents in grades 7 through 12.The Putnam Bank Foundation was established as a charitable extension of the bank’s commitment to the communities it serves. Founded in 1862, Putnam Bank is headquartered in Putnam and has seven other branches throughout eastern Connecticut.
July 25, 2012
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Pfizer Inc. has awarded Natchaug Hospital a grant of $4,000 toward expanding technology in Natchaug Hospital’s classrooms, which serve students with behavioral or emotional disorders.
Interactive white boards were first introduced into Natchaug Hospital’s State-approved special education classrooms in 2011 as an efficient, effective and safe teaching tool that engages students and expands curricular resources. This past year, nine interactive boards were installed in nine of Natchaug Hospital’s 35 classrooms, in part through earlier grants from Pfizer Global Research and Development.
“The boards are a wonderful asset in our classrooms,” said Director of School Programs Jill Bourbeau. “They are a great resource for our teachers and make learning so much more engaging and enjoyable for our students.”
Natchaug Hospital operates state-approved schools providing special education programs for students with behavioral health or emotional issues, including an inpatient school, the Journey House School, and the seven-site Natchaug Hospital Clinical Day Treatment School. The Hospital also collaborates with Norwich Public Schools to run two special education schools in their system. Admissions to Natchaug Hospital schools totaled 918 students from 102 towns during this past year.
Pfizer Inc. is the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, with its research headquarters located in Groton, Conn. The Pfizer Foundation was established by Pfizer Inc. to promote access to quality health care, nurture innovation and support community involvement of Pfizer colleagues. The foundation provides millions in grants and employee matching gifts each year to non-governmental organizations around the world.
Natchaug Hospital Named Sole Connecticut Site
July 2, 2012
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Starting July 2, 2012, Natchaug Hospital will serve as the sole site for Connecticut’s participation in the Federal Medicaid Psychiatric Emergency Demonstration, a three-year 11-State project with $75 million in Medicaid matching funds.
An outgrowth of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, this Demonstration will allow adult Medicaid clients who come into emergency rooms in acute psychiatric distress to receive care at local, private hospitals, such as Natchaug, for the first time in decades. Previously, these clients experienced long delays as they waited for beds in eligible government-run psychiatric facilities.
Natchaug Hospital is the only non-governmental psychiatric hospital in Connecticut that provides services to the full range of clients in the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Its location in an area of the state with limited access to psychiatric services and its considerable experience with clients with Medicare and Medicaid position it well for a smooth implementation of this Federal Demonstration.
Connecticut is among eleven States selected for participation in the in the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration. The CMS Innovation Center will provide up to $75 million in federal Medicaid matching funds over three years to this Demonstration project.
Policy-makers will assess the costs and benefits of this change with a goal of eventual nation-wide implementation. In its first year, this Demonstration program is anticipated to benefit approximately 100 adults presenting to Connecticut Emergency Departments in acute psychiatric distress.
“Natchaug Hospital has long provided eastern Connecticut with quality mental and
behavioral health care," said U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney. "As a result of the
Affordable Care Act, the hospital today adds the Federal Medicaid Psychiatric
Emergency Demonstration program to its list of resources that help our most
vulnerable citizens. In addition to improving care for those in need, the
Demonstration program will have a
While all Emergency Departments in the region will benefit, Windham Hospital will experience the greatest impact: it is unique in not maintaining its own psychiatric inpatient treatment program.
“Natchaug welcomes this initiative,” said Natchaug and Windham Hospital President & CEO Stephen W. Larcen, Ph.D., adding that “along with the 2008 Wellstone Domenici Mental Health Parity legislation and the CT Behavioral Health Partnership, this creates improved access to mental health care.”