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CHH receives $120,000 Grant From Rosenheim Foundation for Youth and Family Center

March 16, 2021

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center For Youth and Families in downtown Torrington has recently received a $120,000 grant from the Robert Rosenheim Foundation.

The Center for Youth and Families will usethe funds to equip its conference room at the center with technology to enhance video and telephone mental health services offered to the community. These new resources will help the staff overcome the barriers to access and delivery of care and counseling as well as enhance collaborations with other healthcare and child advocacy professionals throughout the region and state.

“Improving access is so important, especially now with increased mental health needs due to the pandemic and the long-term access issues that exist for kids in the far Northwest Corner,” said Joan Neveski, Director of the Center For Center Youth and Families. “This will also help enhance sessions with patients where transportation is a physical or monetary barrier including those families in rural Northwest Connecticut who experience long round trips to Torrington with little mass transit opportunities.

“It will also provide an opportunity to connect to children and their caregivers during inclement weather situations where travel is not advised.”

(Above, Robert Rosenheim Foundation Board Member Diane V. Libby, at left, awards HHC Regional VP of Operations John Capobianco the $120,000 donation.)

Remote family sessions also benefit children by giving people the opportunity to connect from their home if they cannot attend sessions otherwise due to various reasons. Using telehealth also improves coordination and communication with Center staff, educators, healthcare providers, psychiatrists, and pediatricians. The new technology will also assist Center staff provide more accessible group therapy and trainings where the sound and video capability will be top of the line.

“We are so excited to support the dedicated work of the CHH Center for Youth & Families,” said Diane V. Libby, a CPA with Adams, Samartino & Co. “This gift will provide valuable services and resources to youth and their families in Litchfield County. The Robert Rosenheim Foundation was funded by the Estate of Robert Rosenheim, and as a foundation board member we are blessed with the honor of fulfilling the wishes of Bob Rosenheim.  Although Bob had no specific requests for his foundation, his intentions were quite clear. His wish was that his money be used for the benefit and well-being of children and animals.

“The board of the Robert Rosenheim Foundation is diligent about finding the right opportunities to support. It is important that each gift be impactful, and in some way, have a tie in to Bob.  He was an astute businessman, possessing the ability to recognize needs and provide solutions.  As the foundation board we follow in his footsteps.”