September 2, 2020
Back-to-School Challenges: Supporting Children, Families, Schools
There is a lot of uncertainty about what going back to school will look like during COVID-19. Many parents feel on edge, children are anxious, daily lives have been disrupted and there are big questions to consider regarding balancing the learning, social and safety needs of children when they do return to school.
One thing is clear, behavioral health/emotional support will be important for children, parents, families and school staff as well. The Center for Life Management (CLM) remains available to address a wide range of mental health needs of students and staff. Schools will need to be prepared to provide mental health support to any students struggling with stress related to the pandemic and recognize students who show signs of anxiety, distress and/or depression. Schools are important in helping to identify and refer students with concerning behaviors or suicidal thoughts so they get the mental health support they need.
CLM remains available to provide comprehensive mental health services for children, adolescents and families with in-office appointments as well as via phone/video telehealth appointments. CLM Emergency Services are available 24/7 via phone or video telehealth support and Walk-in Crisis Assessments are available Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm at our Derry office. To reach Emergency Services call 603-434-1577, option 1.
Our Children’s team continues to provide a range of services including: individual, group and family therapy; medication evaluation and management; case management; community and functional support services. Additionally, CLM clinicians are trained in MATCH (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems) as well as RENEW a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Our staff includes several Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (LADAC) available to address problems with substance misuse. The Young Adult Program (YAP) is designed to meet the needs of young adults (ages 18-24) who are struggling with the transition to adulthood, coping with existing mental health concerns, setting and attaining employment or other future life goals.
Returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic may not feel like normal – at least for a while. But CLM is here to provide essential mental health support for the communities we serve.
July 29, 2020
12th Annual Concert to Benefit the Center for Life Management Foundation is a Hit!
Our Drive-In Benefit Concert was a success and great fun! We raised $16,636 to support the Center for Life Management Foundation and providing mental health services for un- and under-insured children and adults.
It was a challenge this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, but we rolled with the changes and made it a Drive-In Concert as well as a livestreamed event. Special thanks to Scott and Julie Hayward and the fantastic team at Tupelo Music Hall!
Our appreciation and BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors: CGI Benefit Solutions, People’s United Bank, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Boston Retirement Advisors, Derry Neurological Associates, Genoa Healthcare, Pentucket Bank, Wellsense, Wisehart Wimette, Betley Chevrolet, Derry Friendship Center, Edward C. David & Co, Enterprise Bank, Trivantus. And for the support of RAM Printing, ButlerGraphics and FrankFM!
June 30, 2020
24/7 Emergency Services Ready to Respond to Those in Crisis.
As we all approach the re-entry phase of COVID-19, we remind the community of the availability of 24/7 Emergency Services provided by CLM. Many individuals-- adults and children-- have been and may continue to experience increased anxiety levels in response to the pandemic. As we gradually begin to transition to a “new normal”, many may experience increased levels of distress, possible psychological impact and behavioral changes may arise.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, CLM has extensively expanded the use of telehealth via phone or video for assessment and provision of a broad scope of mental health services including emergency service assessment, crisis intervention and ongoing supports.
When to call or refer to CLM Emergency Services?
CLM Emergency Services provides assessment and support for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis such as:
• Overwhelming Panic or Anxiety
• Excessive worry, Depression or Despair
• Non-suicidal Self-injury
• Thoughts of Harm to Self or Others
• Other Emotional or Mental Health Crisis
Reach 24/7 Emergency Services by calling 603-434-1577, option 1. ES Clinicians are available to provide assessment via telehealth either by phone or video.
Walk-in Crisis Assessment provided by ES clinicians available Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm at our Derry office, 10 Tsienneto Road. (These are temporarily reduced hours due to COVID-19. We will update when we return to extended business hours.)
Our Emergency Services team is here for you and the communities in our region including the towns of Atkinson, Chester, Danville, Derry, Hampstead, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown, and Windham. For those outside our service area, click for NH CMHC Emergency Services.
May 7, 2020
Special Thanks to Our Nurses and for PPE Donations
We’ve been so focused on COVID-19 and shifting to the telehealth delivery of our mental health services, keeping our clients and staff healthy and safe. So it’s great to pause and recognize this is NATIONAL NURSES WEEK and a chance to tell our nurses how much they are appreciated! CLM nurses always go above and beyond for our clients and now more so than ever!!
We APPRECIATE our nurses and we APPRECIATE the community partners who have donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so our nurses, staff and clients stay safe. THANK YOU to NH Emergency Services Unit (ESU) of NH DHHS, DEKA Research and Development Corp (Dean Kamen’s company) for the donation of essential PPE including gowns, masks, face shields and goggles. And, to CLM’s own Dave Valentine from IT for making and donating 3D printed masks.
A BIG THANK YOU also to the community folks and organizations who have generously donated masks to CLM. Thanks to Hampstead Academy for their donation of surgical masks and for the wonderful hand-sewn masks donated by the Good Shepherds Foundation; The Lessard Family Sheila, Maddie and Sydney; and Seacoast Mask Makers! Your support is GREATLY APPRECIATED and is helping to keep our staff and clients safe and well.
October 23, 2019
CLM Recognized by NH Citizen's Health Initiative
The NH Citizens Health Initiative (NHCHI) works within heath care practices and systems to improve health, improve quality of care, and reduce costs for all New Hampshire residents. Jennifer Lesieur, Director of Quality Improvement and Corporate Compliance, presented on behalf of CLM at the recent NHCHI Symposium. The presentation was on the use of a variety of evidenced-based Quality Improvement change tools which are in current practice throughout our agency.
Through the use of these tools, meeting structures have become more effective uses of staff time as we have been able to streamline common goals and action steps. We've improved follow through and effectiveness, increased creative and collaborative thinking, and improved interaction in the workplace by focusing on working cohesively as teams. We are breaking down siloes of care! We have been able to increase staff investment in new project initiatives, find meaning in change, and critically approach new ideas that promote client whole health wellness with excitement. Through sharing our story of trial and tribulations with implementation of the tools, we have been able to inspire other practices across the New England region to implement the same approaches.
CLM was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Pictured from L to R: NHCHI and CLM Staff are Jean Ryer, Vic Topo, Katherine Cox, Steve Arnault, Jennifer Lesieur, Celia Felsenberg, Jan Thomas.
October 7, 2019
Team CLM Support NAMI NH Walk 2019
Team CLM was among the more than 2,000 walkers who hit the streets in Concord on Sunday, October 6 for the 2019 NAMI NH Walk. The event raised more than $147,000 with a mission to end the stigma surrounding suicide and spreading awareness about mental health. The size of the crowd certainly reinforced to anyone affected by mental illness that “you are not alone”!
Thank you to our team of walkers (two-legged and four-legged! Also, special thanks to our Art from the Heart therapy group for the wonderful design on our team t-shirt this year!
July 17, 2019
Art from the Heart Client Artshow on Exhibit at CLM
Clients from our Art from the Heart therapy groups had an opportunity to shine and share their creative work at a Client Art Show that is currently on display in the lobby of CLM Derry. Also on display are numerous portraits created by Anne Marie Zanfagna, founder along with her husband Jim, of the Angels Of Addictions organization.
The artists, their family members and guests, CLM Board members and staff all had a chance to view the art work at a reception hosted on July 17. Art Therapy is a type of therapeutic technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Special thanks to clinician and art therapist Rosie Emrich for her work with the groups and for arranging the art show.