South Central Peer Services
1435 State St
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 1435 State St
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 498-4160 x1
Fax 203-498-4165
Web and Social Media
South Central Peer Services (SCPS) is focused on assisting people in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.  Our programs are solely designed to provide an opportunity for people to restart their lives to a direction that feels useful and productive.
We were an independent non-profit called the South Central Behavioral Health Services(SCBHN) until 2012. We then joined Continuum of Care.  we expect, with the resources Continuum can provide,  to be able to significantly increase our services.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
South Central Behavioral Health Network
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 Patti Walker
Board Chair Mr Eric Overland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $884,000.00
Projected Expenses $882,000.00
South Central Peer Services (SCPS) is focused on assisting people in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.  Our programs are solely designed to provide an opportunity for people to restart their lives to a direction that feels useful and productive.
We were an independent non-profit called the South Central Behavioral Health Services(SCBHN) until 2012. We then joined Continuum of Care.  we expect, with the resources Continuum can provide,  to be able to significantly increase our services.
 The former South Central Behavioral Health Network (SCBHN) was founded in 1998 to create multi-agency programs that would provide assistance to people in recovery that local behavioral health agencies could not do so themselves.  Our largest program is TAP, which sends agency case managers into New Haven homeless shelters to seek out those residents who are willing to accept help for their issues and to begin a new life by living in a sober house that requires residents to remain clean and sober and seek employment.  Over the last 10 years, TAP has provided housing to over 1700 homeless people at a cost of $1,500,000                                                                                     
SCBHN also created the largest peer employment program in Connecticut, placing people in recovery to work in almost 100 peer positions throughout the New Haven area.  We also operate a grants program that provides funds to people in recovery for a project of their choosing. This project may be starting a small business, going back to school, obtaining a computer and instruction on how to use it, organizing a softball league or getting a driver's license.
  1. Our TAP program provided transitional sober housing to 231 single adults in 2012.
  2. We employ 41 people in recovery to assist people who are in crisis or are just beginning their road back to ordinary life.
  3. We  raised over $100,00 to provide emergency winter shelter to homeless adults in2012.
It costs us about $800 to provide sober housing to someone living in an emergency shelter, in addition to the case management and monitoring we provide in-kind.  Last year we provided sober housing to 231 people.  We could easily have assisted 100 more who were ready to accept treatment for their problems and live in a transitional sober envionment.  
CEO Statement Although I am proud of all of our programs, the one I want to write about is the TAP (Treatment Access Project) program.  TAP is an incredible value both to the people who get help from it and for the life of the city.  SCBHN coordinates the work of case managers from throughout the city.  They go to the city's homeless shelters and seek out people who are willing to give up the life of the streets and work towards a way of living that is sober and self-supporting.  The case managers help them get the treatment they need and then SCBHN places them in sober housing where they go to AA and NA meetings, seek employment and live among other people trying to maintain sobriety.  The agencies absorb all of the administrative costs of the  program, so that all of the money raised goes directly to sober house rents, warm clothing, bus passes and other specific costs that people need to get on their feet.  For the last several years, we have been averaging about 250 people we house each year.  Although we don't always know what happens to them when they leave our program, we do know that they don't return to the shelters.  We know this because our case managers are in the shelters every night. We have been raising close to  $50,000 each year in addition the the money we get from the City of New Haven, but the need gets greater all the time and the money is harder to raise.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Secondary Organization Category Housing, Shelter /
Areas Served
West Haven
East Haven
New Haven
Description TAP is a multi-agency program that provides case management and transitional sober housing to residents of local emergency shelters as well as people living on the streets
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers / Homeless / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. What we know to a certainty is that people who go through TAP do not return to the shelters.  We also know that we have been able to take out and keep out of the shelters enough people that although the number of homeless people is increasing, the shelter population has remained stable.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. We believe that providing intense short term services including housing to people in homeless shelters is a very cost effective way of significantly reducing the number of homeless people in our city.  Over the years, we have seen that over 50% of the people we house six months later are still housed, are sober and have a steady source of income from a job or benefits.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Our case managers are in the shelters every night and know who our clients are.  The number who return to the shelters in the year they receive our help is extremely low.  We have no rules against providing help a second time, but the number of people who ask for it is also low, probably not more than a half-dozen a year.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.  Lewis is 50 years old.  He started using crack cocaine when he was 15. He never really went to school.  As you can imagine, he has spent a lot of time in prison.  As he was about to be released again, he decided that he would do whatever it took not to come back to jail. 
Shortly after leaving prison, he met one of our case managers, who arranged for him to be admitted to the Grant St. Partnership, the inpatient substance abuse treatment program of the Hill Health Center.   He finished the program and we paid part of his rent at a sober house, while he scrambled to find temporary work to pay the rest.  He has now been sober for one year.  “I don’t drink, take drugs or smoke cigarettes.  I am not doing anything that will bring me back to that.”  He goes to Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings several times a week.  “I’ll do whatever it takes.” 
Is everything fine for Lewis? No.  He can’t find a steady job because of his prison record.  He goes to a temporary labor office every morning at 5a.m.  and waits to see if he gets hired. They know that he works hard, so he often is successful in getting a day or a week of work, but then he is back to the temp office. A church organization found him a room that he rents cheap, but it’s tiny and old.  He eats at the soup kitchens, but would like to eat a healthier diet. Every day is a struggle for Lewis, but he sounds like a happy man, doing what he needs to.   
I wish we could do more for Lewis.  He needs to learn a skill.  I doubt he has had a serious medical exam for many years.  Maybe one of you has a job for him
CEO/Executive Director
Patti Walker
Term Start Sept 1983
Ms. Walker has been the lead executive at Continuum of Care Inc. for 28 years. During those years she directed the Agency's development into an integrated provider of residential services for persons with acute and chronic mental illness. A wide array of programs were designed to meet the acute needs of individuals, as well as, provide residential support programs and case mgmt. services. This growth is evidenced by the development of 18 statewide residences operated by the Agency with more than 500 persons employed to service individuals with disabilities.
During the past decade, Ms. Walker led the Agency in developing special programs for dually diagnosed clients, persons suffering from mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under her direction, specialized services for persons with autism have become a major focus for the Agency.
Recognizing the need for synergy between the behavioral and medical needs of individuals, Ms. Walker established Continuum Home Health Inc. in 2001. This created a coordinated model of residential services supported by nursing care that has become a model for the Greater New Haven behavioral health community.  Providing home care to residents of the New Haven Housing Authority, residential support programs throughout the city and private homes has enabled many individuals with disabilities to remain independent and at home.
Ms. Walker holds a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University. She began her career in the human service field working with developmentally disabled individuals in both the residential and vocational setting. Ms. Walker serves on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Community Services Network and Leadership Group of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is a member of the Yale New Haven Hospital Advisory Committee and served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Mental Health Board servicing the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Number of Full Time Staff 230
Number of Part Time Staff 86
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 96%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 220
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 190
Hispanic/Latino 16
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 106
Female 331
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Mr Eric Overland
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Nov 2010 to Nov 2013
Board of Directors
Guay Chatfield Ph.D., LCSWCommunity Volunteer
Dennis Colwell Community Volunter
Helen Hart-Gai APRNCommunity Volunteer
Sheldon Hosen Esq.Community Volunteer
Philip Lendroth MS, N.C.S.PCommunity Volunteer
J. Thomas Macy Community Volunteer
Sherman Medalie CPACommunity Volunteer
Michael Morris Ph.D.Community Volunteer
Jeanette Pearlman MSACommunity Volunteer
Douglas Ross M.D.Community Volunteer
A. Herbert Schwartz M.D.Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 6
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
CEO Comments
This information is provided about the Board of Continuum of Care, South Central Peer Services (SCPS) parent agency.  SCPS continues to provide the same services as it did when its Board consisted of the Executive Directors of local behavioral health agencies.  That Board established the priorities that it thought would be most useful to the member agencies.
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2012
Fiscal Year End June 30 2013
Projected Revenue $884,000.00
Projected Expenses $882,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Form 990s
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Form 9902007
IRS Letter of Exemption
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 Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$880,596$901,901$844,759
Individual Contributions--$0$174,105
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2$113$286
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events--$0--
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$973,865$975,752$864,839
Administration Expense$58,859$94,633$156,601
Fundraising Expense--$0--
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.951.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%91%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$172,645$168,684$96,351
Current Assets$171,545$166,484$93,051
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities$124,738$166,533$43,003
Total Net Assets$47,907$2,151$53,348
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --DMHAS State Funds $648,611 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --DMHAS Federal Funds $106,148 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --City of New Haven $90,000 --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.381.002.16
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
CEO Comments Last year was enormously challenging for us and most other non-profits.  The need for sober housing increased dramatically.  At the same time, many of our usual donors were forced to cut back.  We could not abandon our clients so we used a substantial portion of our cash reserves to pay rents for homeless people.  We are pleased to say that this year we have stabilized our finances and rebuilt our reserve while still meeting client needs.
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 1435 State St
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 498-4160 1
CEO/Executive Director Patti Walker
Board Chair Mr Eric Overland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer


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