Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation
34 Park Street, Suite 144
New Haven CT 06519
Contact Information
Address 34 Park Street, Suite 144
New Haven, CT 06519-
Telephone (203) 974-7089 x
Fax 203-974-7719
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Connecticut Mental Health Center, 34 Park Street

The CMHC Foundation is a private non-profit supporting organization for the publicly funded Connecticut Mental Health Center. The Foundation secures and manages charitable resources for the Center to improve the well-being of the people it serves, to help it achieve excellence, and to extend its impact in the community.



At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1995
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 The. Rev. Deacon Kyle Pedersen MAR
Board Chair David Tate PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale University & Tate Consulting
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $161,000.00
Projected Expenses $161,000.00

The CMHC Foundation is a private non-profit supporting organization for the publicly funded Connecticut Mental Health Center. The Foundation secures and manages charitable resources for the Center to improve the well-being of the people it serves, to help it achieve excellence, and to extend its impact in the community.



Background The CMHC Foundation is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) supporting organization for the Connecticut Mental Health Center that was founded by a group of concerned citizens in 1993 to provide direct financial assistance to CMHC clients and to provide financial sponsorship of special initiatives that would not otherwise be funded. Since its founding, it's activities have grown to include 1) three designated financial assistance funds for clients, 2) a grant-making program to fund and sponsor innovative programs that directly benefit people in recovery and improve CMHC and 3) public education initiatives that raise awareness about mental health and addictions issues and available community resources.


  • Expanded all Food Transformation Project efforts :  strengthened the Hill Farmers’ Market at CMHC in partnership with CitySeed, renovated CMHC kitchen and cafeteria to introduce new healthy foods menu, and launched nearby community garden in partnership with Hill North Neighborhood Association and New Haven Land Trust.
  • Launched a Financial Health Initiative to better understand and address the economic status and financial hardship that our clients experience and improve their overall health.
  • Partnered with Community Mediation of Hamden, CT, to introduce compassionate communication training on the CMHC inpatient unit.
  • Completed and began implementation of a 2014-2016 strategic plan.
  • Expanded animal assisted and equine therapy programs with Red Skye.



Priority Area # 1
Ensure the Foundation's ability to provide sustained support by optimizing fundraising performance, strengthening leadership capacity, and improving communication.
1.  Optimize CMHC Foundation fundraising performance by increasing and diversifying revenue sources.
2.  Strengthen the capacity of the CMHC Foundation and CMHC to be leaders of change.
3.  Describe, measure, and communicate the impact of the CMHC Foundation with greater specificity.
Priority Area # 2
Sponsor innovation and cultivate partnerships that advance integrative and holistic health practices and improve community wellbeing in Greater New Haven.
4.  Support innovations that integrate and improve multiple dimensions of health and wellness for all CMHC community members, including mental, physical, emotional, social, and financial health.
5.  Improve community wellbeing in Greater New Haven by reducing the adverse impact of discrimination and stigma associated with mental health and addiction problems and by promoting access to recovery-oriented services. 
  • Funding and support to complete our Food Transformation Project to improve quality and health-fullness of inpatient meals and cafeteria offerings.  Seeking funds especially for kitchen renovation equipment upgrades and improvements in dining area.
  • Funding and support for our Financial Health Project to address the economic status and financial hardship that our clients experience.
  • Funding and support to expand community gardening and on-site horticulture projects.
  • Funding and support to expand animal assisted and equine therapy programs and pet adoption programs for clients.
  • Funding and support for innovative and inclusive projects in the creative and performing arts.
  • Volunteers to assist with programs in the arts, spirituality, CMHC campus community and gardening projects.
  • Volunteers to assist with fundraising events and initiatives.


CEO Statement

Looking to the future of the CMHC Foundation, we see a bright road ahead of us. There are many possibilities available to make meaningful and sustainable improvements in the lives of people in recovery in the Greater New Haven area. Our central focus will involve raising awareness, on a number of levels. First, we will explore ways we can promote greater awareness of mental health as a health issue with the larger goal of changing attitudes and reducing stigma associated with mental illness. We also will raise awareness—both inside and outside the Center-- about programs, opportunities, and initiatives made possible through the Foundation. We will also improve our capacity to measure and communicate the impact that we have on individuals and our community. It is a very exciting time to be a part of this progressive, innovative organization that is committed to making a difference! We are grateful to our donors, partners, and to

David Tate, PhD

President of the Board, CMHC Foundation

Kyle Pedersen, MAR

Director, CMHC Foundation


Board Chair Statement


Please see above for joint statement from CMHC Foundation Director, Kyle Pedersen, and Board President David Tate.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Single Organization Support
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas Served
East Haven
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven
Greater New Haven, including New Haven, Hamden, Bethany and Woodbridge as designated by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  The Foundation may also serve individuals who have relocated to New Haven from other cities and towns.
Description The CMHC Foundation manages 3 distinct funds to provide emergency financial assistance to individuals receiving services from CMHC and/or through the Community Services network for which CMHC is the lead agency. These funds include :  1) The Audrey Tyson Fund for Recovery Support, 2) The Outreach & Engagement Fund and the 3) Fusco Fund for Pets of Patients.  Each fund is managed by a designated administrator who works in coordination with Foundation staff to authorize and report all disbursements.    
Population Served Adults / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
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. People in recovery who are served by CMHC and through the CSN are poor and have limited access to supplemental financial resources.  Those individuals who use CMHC Foundation funds will be able to pursue and sustain healthy, safe and meaningful lives in the community.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. CMHC Foundation funds are monitored by authorized fund administrators who report regularly to the CMHC Foundation.  The CMHC Foundation follows this reporting procedure to assure that funds are disbursed in accordance with established guidelines and to track for any needs or opportunities that may be addressed in different ways.  For example, the Foundation worked with the Outreach & Engagement Team to identify and address the need for ongoing foot-care and properly fitting shoes and socks for its clientele.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
  • Audrey Tyson Recovery Support funds have helped clients purchase essential household furnishings when moving into a new home, emergency food relief, temporary prescription medication coverage, seasonal clothing, fees for essential personal legal documents and certificates.  One client was able to use funds to help replace his stolen bicycle so he could transport himself to work.
  • The Outreach & Engagement Fund is similar to the Audrey Tyson Recovery Support Fund except that it is administered through the CSN interagency Outreach & Engagement Team for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  These funds have also been used to help engage vulnerable individuals in supportive clinical and rehabilitative services.
  • The Fusco Fund for Pets of Patients is a donor-advised fund that helps clients pay for emergency veterinary services and needs so that individuals in recovery can continue to care for their pets. 
Description Through its grant-making program The CMHC Foundation supports innovative projects that help people in recovery sustain healthy and meaningful lives in the community.  Priority funding areas include:  health and wellness, arts and creative expression, community inclusion, empowerment and advocacy, work and education.  Partnerships and collaborative projects are strongly encouraged.  Grant-making funds cannot not to be used for existing programs or for staff salary support.  Awards range from $1,000-$10,000.  A brief letter of intent is requested to determine whether a proposed project aligns with the Foundation's mission and priority funding areas.  The Foundation may also pursue funding in partnership or collaboration with other organizations for specific projects.
Population Served Adults / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description The Foundation sponsors a variety of special events and fundraising activities that raise money for its programs and promote awareness about community mental health.
Population Served Adults / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description The Foundation seeks partnerships in the community to enhance awareness about mental health and addictions issues and the resources that are available at CMHC and in the Community Services Network.  In keeping with the educational mission of CMHC, The Foundation also supports small research initiatives and academic projects that directly benefit people in recovery by offering resources and opportunities that enhance community living.
Population Served Adults / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
The. Rev. Deacon Kyle Pedersen MAR
Term Start Sept 2008
Experience Kyle Pedersen has nearly 20 years experience working in the field of mental health both in New York City and New Haven.  A graduate of Yale Divinity School, he is also an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.  Since moving to New Haven in 1999,  he worked at Fellowship Place from 2000-2002, and, since 2002, in various capacities for the Department of Psychiatry at Yale and CMHC as the Community Development Coordinator for the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health and as Senior Program Director for the Community Services Network of Greater New Haven.  Kyle has overseen supportive housing and supported employment programs and has supervised development in chaplaincy and spiritual services, consumer and family programs, as well as innovative programs in the arts and creative expression.  Kyle is also a lecturer in Supervised Ministries at the Yale Divinity School.
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 5
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Susan Woodall June 2006 - Sept 2009
Senior Staff
Title Managing Coordinator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
The CMHC Foundation supports the work of CMHC and as such partners with members of the Community Services Network for which CMHC is the lead agency. Other significant partners include:  the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, CitySeed, New Haven Academy, New Haven Land Trust, Common Ground, 108 Monkeys, Community Mediation, Albertus Magnus.  The Foundation also works closely with its neighbor, Yale New Haven Hospital.
CEO Comments The staffing and office infrastructure support is provided in-kind by the Connecticut Mental Health Center.  Given the small staff size, the  Foundation has benefited greatly from using outside consultation and contracted services.  Consultation services have been either volunteer/pro-bono or fee-for-service.  We also utilize community volunteers to assist with projects at CMHC and the CMHC Foundation and welcome inquires from individuals with varying levels of expertise and experience.
Board Chair
David Tate PhD
Company Affiliation Yale University & Tate Consulting
Term June 2014 to June 2016
Board of Directors
Rebecca Allen LCSWMelville Charitable Trust
Allan Atherton retired
Robert Cole MHSAYale University/CMHC
Esperanza Diaz MDYale University/CMHC
Lynne Farrell PhD, JDWallingford Lawyers
Deborah Fried MD
Laura Goldblum Community Volunteer
Herbert Hardy Jr.Blum Shapiro
Selby C Jacobs MD, MPHYale University
Daniel Koenigsberg MD
Kristi Lockhart PhDYale University
Tod Murphy
Miriam Niederman Community Volunteer
Chris-Philip Onofrio
Raymond Sanchez Jr., MDOtsuka Pharmaceutical
Michael Sernyak MDYale University/CMHC
John Spalding MTS, MS, NCCGlobe Pequot Press
Salimah Velji MPHYale Smilow Cancer Hospital
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
The CMHC Foundation currently has no board term limits or lengths.  We have updated our board manual and handbook as part of our 2014-2016 strategic plan.  We have also articulated board member expectations and created a process for identifying and cultivating board leaders.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $161,000.00
Projected Expenses $161,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$25,430$31,339$14,508
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$113,973$132,740$121,495
Administration Expense$35,502$37,797$38,476
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.260.480.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%78%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$587,614$533,745$589,331
Current Assets$133,888$99,491$198,391
Long-Term Liabilities$106$89$65
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$587,508$533,656$589,266
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountOtsuka Pharmaceutical Development $50,000The Hunter Grubb Foundation $5,000The Howell Family Charitable Foundation $2,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Hunter Grubb Foundation $5,000Yale New Haven Hospital $2,500JMS Foundation $1,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountYale University $1,500Webster Bank $1,000Littler Mendelson Foundation $500
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
CEO Comments
  • The projected shortfall for FY2014 will be addressed by using cash reserves from revenue received in previous years.
  • The CMHC Foundation is in the process of evaluating its investment funds and determining spending and other associated policies.
  • The CMHC Foundation has been using available cash reserve funds to pursue an intensive effort to cultivate major donors to support ongoing program activities.
  • The CMHC Foundation has expanded its operating budget over the last several years and has seen significant growth in charitable giving.
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.


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