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 93 Edwards Street Location
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's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
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.
We've been here over 100 years!  Wow!
Yes, we are always looking to advance our work.  But we also are mindful of the work of our Clinic namesake, Clifford W. Beers.  In 1913, Beers (who was once institutionalized following a suicide attempt) introduced the world to the idea that those with mental health issues should not be locked away but instead treated kindly, near their homes, surrounded with support.
We believe in the power of support.  When we work with a child it would make no sense to exclude his family.  That is why throughout our history we have grown the role of the family in the treatment of children.  We make children healthy and well by making families healthy and well!  
We also know the power your support brings to our work.  Without it, our decades of work addressing community need would never have happened.  For instance, when the AIDS crisis struck, CBC responded with a program to help teens understand and use the concept of safe and responsible sexual activity.  When in recent years the community saw a notable growth in the Latino population, CBC responded by adding Spanish-speaking and culturally staff to deliver care. 
These are two of countless examples demonstrating CBC's commitment to caring for those in the community who need us most.  Thank YOU for caring with us and giving us the support we need to make it all possible.  
Your kindness is why we can deliver the compassionate and complete care families who have experienced trauma need and grow it in ways that address the needs of the community!
For example, because your support has helped us to develop a true expertise in trauma care, the Clinic recently designed and implemented a game-changing program called Wraparound New Haven ("WNH").  WNH is truly remarkable: looking to deliver better care for families with significant mental and physical health needs while also reducing costs for these families by keeping them out of hospitals and emergency rooms.  CBC strongly believes we can prove all the benefits of WNH in the next 3 years and thereafter serve as a state (if not nationwide!) model for care!
Also, last year CBC continued its work through a collaboration called the New Haven Trauma Coalition ("NHTC").  NHTC works primarily through New Haven Public Schools screening children for exposure to trauma and delivering care.  We are so thankful for you, our friends, who know like we do that screening for trauma is so very important!  When trauma happens, if it is left untreated it can cause not just emotional angst but serious physical problems: heart disease, even cancer!!  By screening and treating we will be able to stem the tide of untreated trauma which, according to many experts, is a real and present public health crisis.   Support from our friends makes possible our outpatient services -- these services are not fully covered by insurance reimbursement and, therefore, suffering as the result of trauma.  
Finally, you know how excited we are about our work in a partnership known as MOMS.  MOMS -- designed to address the chronic stress of New Haven mothers -- is community-based, i.e., it's where families who needs us are.  For instance, a MOMS "hub" is in Stop 'n Shop on Whalley Avenue and more are on the way.  Thank you so much for making services convenient for those who need them!!!
And, please know none of this is possible without you.  Thank you!
You, our friends, agree with us that delivering mental health services requires innovation.  Anticipation.  Execution.
Thank you for working with us as we do these things, and thank you for helping the Clinic’s reputation to grow statewide and nationally.  Our need remains fairly steady: financial support.  The cost to deliver care is rarely fully reimbursed by insurance, so your support often bridges the gap so that children and families can be treated.  
What's more, innovation requires start-up costs, and there you play such an important role.  We could not be nearly as innovative and forward-thinking as we are without the financial support of you, our friends.  Whether it be looking for new space in the community from which we can deliver accessible care or bringing on new staff to meet the demand for services, you are a key player in making it all happen!  
CEO Statement
Thank you VERY much for supporting our work!
I can't say enough what your friendship to our Clinic means: 
It means that a teen girl -- who started cutting her arms after she had been abused by a much older man she met online -- can get help.  It means she can start to feel good about herself again!
It means a little boy -- who sits in school with his hair combed neatly and his pants pressed but in anguish knowing his daily afterschool beating is waiting for him -- can get help.  Get safety.  Find healing.  
It means a diabetic child who doesn't go to school because she cannot leave her grandmother home alone in an unheated apartment can get help from our compassionate staff by connecting the family to services in the community. 
These are just three examples of children and families you are helping through your support of Clifford Beers Clinic.  We help over 1,600 children and families every year as they work through anxiety, depression, school problems, attention difficulties or loss of a loved one. 
If we weren't so fortunate to know kind people like you, the odds against these families would be great.  The science is pretty convincing that untreated trauma -- like the circumstances described above -- is a direct cause of emotional angst, social problems, and significant health problems.  Today, we know that heart disease -- even cancer! -- can be caused by letting stress and trauma fester untreated. 
But we do have you, and that changes everything for the families we see!  We are so glad to have you with us as we deliver care AND bring awareness to the problem of untreated trauma.  I am so glad you are onboard with us as we advocate in front of legislators and decision makers to have untreated trauma declared the single greatest public health crisis to come along in decades -- and force a public health response to it!!!
I invite you to learn more about our work at  In particular, there you can review our results.  Our outcomes are encouraging, and we believe our efforts are having an impact. 
All because of you.  Thank you very, very much.
Board Chair Statement
Clifford Beers Clinic is at the forefront of caring for children and families with need for mental health care, and I am thrilled to serve as its board president. 
I am also the executive director of the Housing Authority for the City of New Haven -- an agency tasked with providing quality, affordable housing for the city's residents.  In that position I've become familiar with the chronic stress and trauma exposure facing many families in our community, and I'm so thankful that a place like Clifford Beers Clinic exists to help.  And CBC helps in whatever way best helps those who need it.  For example, the Clinic knows it's not easy to take your teen to therapy if you have to bring him, your two other grade school children, and your baby (in her stroller!) for two bus rides to get a therapy session. 
The answer?  Going to the need.  Through very strong and gratifying partnerships and collaborations, CBC is in more places with more faces than ever.  We're working alongside physicians at Fair Haven Community Health Center, we're operating with Yale University School of Medicine at a "hub" in Stop 'n Shop on Whalley Avenue, we're a presence at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, and we're in several New Haven public schools!
I am fortunate to work with a very talented and dedicated collection of men and women who serve with me on the CBC board of directors, and I'm grateful for their efforts.  I am also grateful to have a visionary leader at the helm of the Clinic who can identify and seize opportunities to improve care in an ever-changing healthcare landscape. 
I am of course most thankful for you -- our friends, partners and supporters who believe that with compassionate care we can make meaningful contributions to healing children and families . 
Because of you we are making our community healthy and well!
Thank you so much for your kindness and your support of Clifford Beers Clinic. 
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
As you know, our goal is a healthy, thriving community made up of families who receive lots of love and support!
The single greatest challenge to achieving that is the necessary funding to see it through. 
We are working hard to design a way of giving care that is better and cost saving, and through our work with Wraparound New Haven we are seeing promising results on both counts.  You have been wonderful in your support of our work and our vision for a healthier New Haven community. 
Thank you so much, and thank you for whatever kindness you can continue to show us.  You have brought us to a place where we know we are really on to something, and because of you we're poised for success! 
With the constant economic challenges we face I cannot thank you enough for staying with us as we provide care to children and families who need it most.
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
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
Title Vice President of Integrated Care
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 2015
Board of Directors
Laura Altshul
William S. Colwell Esq.Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, P.C.
Ricci Cummings
Stephanie S. Farber PhDRetired
Beverly J. Hodgson Esq.Arbitration and Mediation Consultant
William T. Kosturko
Stephen H. Kovel Hull's Art Supply & Framing
Richard Leibiger Connecticut Vinyl Exterior
Cheryl Liburd
Ted Novicki United Illuminating
Thomas J. Sansone EsqCarmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessy, LLP
Dominic B. Schioppo Jr.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 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
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%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
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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