Clifford W Beers Guidance Clinic
93 Edwards Street
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 93 Edwards Street
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 772-1270 x
Fax 203-772-0051
Web and Social Media
Our mission is to provide accessible community-based mental health services and advocacy that promote healthy and resilient lives for children and their families.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1968
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Alice M. Forrester PhD
Board Chair Karen DuBois-Walton PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Housing Authority, City of New Haven
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $12,780,213.00
Projected Expenses $12,780,213.00
Our mission is to provide accessible community-based mental health services and advocacy that promote healthy and resilient lives for children and their families.
Clifford Beers Clinic has been an integral part of the Greater New Haven community for nearly 100 years. Founded by Clifford Whittingham Beers in 1913, considered the founder of the mental health movement, Clifford Beers Clinic has always been innovative in its response to the changing needs of the community.

Clifford W. Beers’ life story changed the face of how the mentally ill were treated in the early 1900s. In his autobiography, “The Mind That Found Itself,” Clifford Beers recounts his own struggles with mental illness and his commitment to a mental hospital that followed a failed suicide attempt. The book brought him significant recognition, which he used to establish the Connecticut Committee for Mental Hygiene in 1908.
The indomitable spirit of Clifford Beers is his legacy and our charge. We continue to be crusaders for, in the words of Clifford W. Beers himself, “…those afflicted thousands least able to fight for themselves.” At Clifford Beers Clinic, we continue to advocate for and treat children who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, community violence, and traumatic loss, carrying on the charge of our founder.
Clifford Beers Clinic will have a long-term positive impact on the health and well-being of the children and families in the Greater New Haven Area.  Recent examples of how we make that impact include: (1) creating and operating a special program to meet the unique mental health needs of military families (currently in service or veteran); (2) securing funding to expand care coordination within New Haven public schools, and; (3) expanding care to incorporate not just one affected child but also other members of that child's family who also may be suffering as the result of trauma.  

The Clinic’s reputation continues to grow statewide and nationally.  One area of great concern for us is the rise in Latino families, especially those with parents who are primarily Spanish speaking. This creates a need for bi-lingual clinicians. While the Clinic sees many of these issues as opportunities, they pose challenges. 

Additionally, siloed programs often fund the needs of the particular program but what the clinic needs now is administrative assistance to blend and meld the various programs together to move forward our advocacy initiative.
Meeting the need of our Latino families would take 2 additional clinicians. Clinical leadership that supports the variety of treatment programs provided by the clinic and ensures a seamless continuum of care within and across programs. The total cost of this would be $290,000. The outcome would be meeting the needs of our fastest growing population and ensuring that we continue to provide exceptional care.
CEO Statement
The Board and Staff at Clifford Beers are committed advocates for children, believing that every child can succeed, and that every child deserves a chance. The children and families we serve receive state-of-the-art counseling and psychiatric services delivered in a caring, safe and respectful community environment. 

Oppositional behaviors, anxiety, depression, school problems and attention difficulties are the top 5 most reported problems. In addition to those problems, 2/3 of the children who come to the Clinic report that they have had at least one traumatic life stressor. Helping our families thrive in a time of complex traumas is our main and most important goal at the Clinic.
The Clinic is utilizing an evidence-based trauma treatment model that is showing an improvement in children’s mental health. Clients who received trauma treatment significantly decreased their symptoms within 6 months. Some of the improvements were a decrease in nightmares, flashbacks, and re-experiencing. In addition, parents reported a decrease in their child’s acting out behaviors, and an improvement in school and family relationships.
We are particularly pleased that we continue to shorten the length of time it takes for clients to access Clinic services to 14 days. Yet, increasing access to care meant that our caseload has increased by 31% with a 0% increase in government funding.  We are confident that our methods are effective in providing relief, freeing our children to grow into their full potential. 

For nearly 100 years, Clifford Beers Clinic has been addressing the ever-changing needs of the children and families of our community. Through innovative treatment methods and programs, as well as a commitment to advocating for children and families, Clifford Beers is poised for the next 100 years!

Board Chair Statement
I am thrilled to serve as the president of the board of directors for Clifford Beers Clinic.  As such, I will continue to work with the board and the staff to implement the Clinic's Strategic Plan adopted in April 2013.  Among other things, the CBC Strategic Plan recognizes three specific things: (1) toxic stress continues to plague children and families; (2) treating a child’s toxic stress must include involving the child’s family in his or her care, and; (3) treating a child’s mental health must also include treating a child’s physical health. At a time when health care reform is at the forefront and providing affordable, streamlined care is a main objective of the Affordable Care Act, Clifford Beers Clinic is committed to crafting a model of care to best serve children and families in Greater New Haven as well as partnering with like-minded providers to deliver care consistent with meeting the objectives of the Clinic’s Strategic Plan.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Mental Health Treatment
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development /
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services /
Areas Served
New Haven
East Haven
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven
Clifford Beers Clinic serves over 17 towns in the Greater New Haven Region. We have offices in New Haven, West Haven, Guilford and Woodbridge, and we are also located in four New Haven-area schools.  We serve families from New Haven, West Haven, Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, North Branford, North Haven, Ansonia, Orange, and Woodbridge, along with other towns along the shoreline.  
Description Using a trauma-informed approach to caring for children and families, Clifford Beers Clinic is a community-based mental health clinic offering a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of children and families in Greater New Haven.  Specific services and programs are offered based on the family’s vision and a clinician’s assessment of what is needed for the child and his/her family. 

Below you will find some of what we do. For more information on the work done at Clifford Beers Clinic,

Population Served / /
Description Outpatient Services: Outpatient services can include individual, family and group therapy. The specific services needed and their frequency will be determined based on the needs of the child and his/her family. 

School-Based Clinics: These clinics allow our therapists to connect with young people in their schools and during daytime hours to address mental health issues. By making services available throughout the school day, financial and cultural barriers are removed and transportation issues are mitigated.

Population Served / /
Description EMPS Crisis Services:EMPS Crisis Services provides an immediate response to children, adolescents and their families when a behavior health crisis is occurring. When a family dials 2-1-1, EMPS Crisis Services staff respond to a location within 45 minutes of the call.
Population Served / /
Description Care Coordination: Care Coordination is a strength-based, family driven, community-based program that aims to keep children and adolescents in their homes, their community and their own environments by collaborating with their families, community supports and providers to coordinate their care.
Population Served / /
Description Community Consultation and Training: With an eye toward creating a safer and healthier Greater New Haven, Community Consultation and Training offers trauma-informed mental health consultation services to other organizations. A primary goal of Community Consultation and Training is to help our partners recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma exposure. 

Advocacy:The Clinic is constantly looking to advance the delivery of mental health services, and Clifford Beers Clinic is known in legislative and community circles as a passionate advocate. Some of the advocacy work undertaken by the Clinic is done in partnership with other organizations interested in improving the quality of and access to mental health care services. 

Population Served / /
Description Specialized Services: Specialized Services at Clifford Beers are tailored to address problem sexual behavior and to teach adolescents how to develop healthy relationships and set appropriate boundaries; programs within Specialized Services explore what comprises a healthy, developmentally appropriate sexual relationship. Care can include individual, group, and family therapy. 
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
At Clifford Beers, we are committed to providing care to children and families who have experienced trauma so that they may lead healthy, resilient lives.  In pursuit of this goal, some of the programs and services we provide are not covered by insurance but instead are funded by caring people who support our mission and believe that, in the wake of trauma, care must be given.  Securing adequate funding for the work of Clifford Beers Clinic is always challenging, which is why Clifford Beers Clinic is forever grateful for the gifts it receives from a very caring community of supporters.   
CEO/Executive Director
Alice M. Forrester PhD
Term Start Sept 2007
Number of Full Time Staff 90
Number of Part Time Staff 27
Number of Volunteers 20
Staff Retention Rate 98%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 25
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 70
Hispanic/Latino 15
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 3
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 22
Female 95
Unspecified 0
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2010
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Former CEOs and Terms
Mr. Chester J. Brodnicki LCSWDec 1989 - Aug 2007
Senior Staff
Title Director of Crisis & Community-Based Services
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Director of Strategic Advancement
Title Director of Human Resources
Title Medical Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2010
Connecticut Council on Philanthropy2010
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2010
United Way of Greater New Haven2010
Board Chair
Karen DuBois-Walton PhD
Company Affiliation Housing Authority, City of New Haven
Term Oct 2012 to Oct 2014
Board of Directors
Laura Altshul
William S. Colwell Esq.Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, P.C.
Stephanie S. Farber PhDRetired
Beverly J. Hodgson Esq.Arbitration and Mediation Consultant
Steven Inglese New Haven Groups, Inc.
William T. Kosturko
Stephen H. Kovel Hull's Art Supply & Framing
Richard Leibiger Connecticut Vinyl Exterior
Cheryl Liburd
Roger P. Parisi The United Illuminating Co.
Thomas J. Sansone EsqCarmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessy, LLP
Dominic Schioppo New England Financial Group, LLC
Richard Sussman PhDHartford Foundation for Public Giving
Dorothy Ventriglio Hospital of Saint Raphael
Kim Wagner Wells Fargo Bank
Tina C. Weiner Yale University Press
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 9
Board Co-Chair
Thomas J. Sansone Esq
Company Affiliation Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessy, LLP
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $12,780,213.00
Projected Expenses $12,780,213.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4.25%
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$5,466,735$4,113,614$4,607,073
Individual Contributions$65,610$56,491$20,753
Investment Income, Net of Losses$62,858$40,227$56,865
Membership Dues------
Special Events$163,615$94,379$129,007
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$7,220,819$5,880,128$5,693,951
Administration Expense$1,081,801$1,089,335$991,935
Fundraising Expense$371,843$248,947$147,863
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.031.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%81%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%5%3%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$3,043,195$3,100,549$2,868,490
Current Assets$697,783$549,972$348,838
Long-Term Liabilities$767,030$1,176,305$888,688
Current Liabilities$649,970$541,890$443,562
Total Net Assets$1,626,195$1,382,354$1,536,240
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDept. of Children & Families $4,444,086Department of Children & Family Services $3,316,955Department of Children & Families $3,000,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSubstance Abuse & Mental Health Services $551,602Sustance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) $373,767Child Health & Development Institute of Connecticut $337,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSeedlings Foundation $280,000Seedlings Foundation $220,000Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration $269,000
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.071.010.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets25%38%31%
CEO Comments
We continue to counteract the challenges associated with rising costs in nonprofit health care work with opportunities that present themselves.  We are constantly looking for new grants, new funders, and new donors, and we make every effort to expand existing relationships.  Clifford Beers Clinic remains grateful for all past and current support and welcomes all opportunities to discuss with past, present and newly interested funders ways in which the Clinic delivers care and how funds are used to treat children and families affected by trauma.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 93 Edwards Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 772-1270
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Alice M. Forrester PhD
Board Chair Karen DuBois-Walton PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Housing Authority, City of New Haven


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