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Ribbon Cutting
Congressman Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, cuts the ribbon on United Services’ new Windham Regional Health and Wellness Center in Mansfield Center. Left to right: Diane Nadeau, president and CEO of Windham Region Chamber of Commerce; Lon Annulli, president of Orlando Annulli and Sons, Inc.; Karl Norton, architect at New England Design; Diane Manning, president/CEO of United Services; Courtney; George Krivda, State Director for Conn., Mass. And R.I. for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development; Kevin Merchant, president/CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank; Betti Kuszaj, executive director for Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce; John Deary, president of United Services’ Board of Directors. Courtesy photo.

United Services
cuts ribbon
on new facility
MANSFIELD — United Services, Inc., Northeast Connecticut’s Local Mental Health Authority hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of its new Windham Regional Health and Wellness Center July 8.  Guests of honor included Congressman Joe Courtney, representatives of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation, and officials from the US Department of Agriculture who were instrumental in securing federal loans for the long delayed facility construction. Tours were held of the 30,000 square foot new facility.
“United Services’ Board of Directors decided to move forward to secure federal loans to construct this new regional clinic because we could no longer wait for the state to respond to our community’s need for the comprehensive and compassionate care everyone deserves,” said United Services President and CEO Diane L. Manning.  “Our old facility could not accommodate the exponential growth in demand for our services or the state-of-the-art integrated wellness services we offer today.”
Since 2007 United Services has seen its Outpatient Behavioral Health Services volume more than double, rising over 250 percent. 
Despite having some of the highest per capita needs in the state, northeast Connecticut receives the lowest per capita state adult mental health funding.  
Recognizing the skyrocketing demand for Behavioral Health and related services, United Services largely self-financed the $13 million expansion and consolidation project, utilizing both federal and local bank loans as well as corporate donations raised through the Neighborhood Assistance Act, including donations by Jewett City Savings Bank. 
United Services, Inc. continues to seek matching funds from the State of Connecticut. 
United Services’ new Windham Regional Health and Wellness Center will allow for the expansion of vitally needed services in the Windham Region, including co-located child and family counseling, adult behavioral health services, as well as outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services to the community and expanded Medication Assisted Treatment Program to help individuals in the Windham region who are struggling with opioid dependency.


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