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May 7, 2020

Special Thanks to Our Nurses and for PPE DonationsPPE lowres

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.Masks LowRes

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.

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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!

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July 19, 2019

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THANK YOU to our Sponsors, Donors, Staff, Volunteers, and so many others and of course our wonderful audience members who attended our 11th Annual Benefit Concert and Auction on Friday, July 19. The young musicians from Band for Hire did a great job warming up the crowd and Foreigners Journey absolutely rocked the sold-out house!

Thank you Tupelo Music Hall for once again supporting our event. It was a great concert and auction that successfully raised nearly $37,000 to benefit the Center for Life Management Foundation and specifically supporting access to services for un- and underinsured children and adults.

Special thanks and recognition to our event sponsors: PREMIER SPONSORS, People’s United Bank, CGI Business Solutions; GOLD SPONSORS, Anthem, Exeter Hospital, Derry Neurological Associates, Boston Retirement Advisors; SILVER SPONSORS, Betley Chevrolet, Genoa Healthcare, MHF Design Consultants, Pentucket Bank, Wisehart Wimette, Parkland Medical Center, RTM Communications; BRONZE SPONSORS, USI, Hampstead Hospital, Hinckley Allen, Richards Manus Family, Susan Davis, Bergeron Family, Trivantus; FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION, Caron Bletzer, Guidance Point Retirement Services.

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.

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May 22, 2019

Astros United Raise $3,000 to Support Mental Health

Our sincere thank you to the Pinkerton Astros United for raising $3,000 to support mental health awareness and elimination of stigma. Proceeds raised from the Catwalk for a Cause fashion show were presented to the Center for Life Management and Angels of Addictions. We are proud to be selected by the Astros United students for the second year in a row.  We truly appreciate all the energy and enthusiasm from the students, their faculty advisor, the teachers and administrators who all joined in the effort to put on another successful show!

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January 21, 2019

Southern New Hampshire Human Service Council Meets at CLMHSCGroupforweb

We were pleased to welcome the Southern NH Human Service Council (SNHHSC) for their monthly meeting in January. SNHHSC has 20+ years of service to the Greater Derry, Salem and Plaistow communities.

The Council meets the second Thursday each month (excluding July & August) at 9:00 a.m. at CLM and offers human services providers, businesses and other interested individuals the opportunity to collaborate in serving our community. SNHHSC members network, participate in training to enhance their ability to serve the community and, when necessary, identify and advocate for human rights and services.

For more information on how to get involved, contact SNHHSC President Jessica Kenez (also CLM's Adult Case Management Team Leader) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


November 29, 2018

CLM Welcomes New Medical DirectorDrKenBrown 2018

We are pleased to announce Kenneth Brown, MD, has been named Medical Director for CLM. Dr. Brown has been a valuable part our organization since 1997, having served as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in both our Derry and Salem offices. Additionally, Dr. Brown brings a diverse variety of expertise to this role, including medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders, geriatric psychiatry, and diagnosis and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Brown’s administrative experience includes having held the position of Medical Director at Recovery Matters as well as Hampstead Hospital.

Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University, a Master of Public Health from Tulane University and a Doctor of Medicine, also from Tulane. He completed his general psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Brown assumed the role of Medical Director for CLM on November 20th. We greatly appreciate the service and significant contributions of former Medical Director Isabel Norian, MD, as well as Interim Medical Director Marcia Pabo, MD, both of whom remain on CLM’s Medical Staff as Psychiatrists for Adult Services.

November 12, 2018

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Honoring the service of our veterans. CLM’s Employee Events Committee recently held a Donation Drive to benefit the Derry Veterans Assistance Fund (DVAF). Members of the committee gathered the collected items that were donated to the DVAF in observance of Veterans Day.

The DVAF was established in 2016 by a desire to help those who have served in our country's armed forces in our community. Their goal is to work with other local organizations to help identify, assist and connect veterans in need with resources they may not know are available to them as well as provide assistance if there is a waiting period before resources are made available to them. The hope is that, through this guidance, no veteran in our community will have to sacrifice more than they have already in protecting our freedoms and liberty.

For more information about the DVAF click here.


October 15, 2018

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The Center for Life Management (CLM) was among the 2018 Compass Award Recipients recognized by Community Crossroads at the 4th Biennial Partnership Celebration held recently at the Atkinson Country Club. The Compass Awards recognize individuals or entities that exemplify: “Guidance, Support and Advocacy”. Those selected have selflessly taken action toward helping our local communities be more informed, better places for all to enjoy, and welcoming for citizens of all abilities.

CLM was honored to be recognized as one of this year’s Compass Award recipients and to be presented with the Community Resource Award. In presenting the award, it was noted that CLM has worked collaboratively with Community Crossroads to support people with complicated dual-diagnosis needs. CLM is very involved and is skilled in providing services for people who are diagnosed with both developmental disabilities (DD) and mental health challenges. CLM truly understands how mental health issues impact people with DD and serves those whose needs are truly complex and don’t fit easily within any one system. This unique DD and mental health system partnership is a one-of-a-kind, best-practice model in NH.

Community Crossroads serves individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders and their families. As a comprehensive human services agency, Community Crossroads coordinates a vast array of services to individuals in need of long-term supports throughout their lifespan. CLM is proud to be a collaborative partner in our shared mission to serve individuals with mental health needs live successfully with as much independence as possible within the communities we serve.

Pictured: Accepting the award on behalf of CLM are Vic Topo, CEO; Elissa Elliot, Collaborative Care Team Leader; Celia Felsenberg, Director of Strategic Development; and Julie Lago, Collaborative Care Coordinator.

August 15, 2018

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Our thanks to Tracy Tinker, RN, MSN, who presented a training program on the Intersection of Chronic Disease and Behavioral Health recently attended by 40 CLM staff. A Nurse Case Manager at the Healthcare for the Homeless program of Catholic Medical Center, Tracy is a passionate advocate for client-centered goal setting for clients with diabetes/pre-diabetes helping them to successfully achieve self-management goals. Topics covered included an overview of chronic disease management related to diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol).

Our goal in the coming months and years is to move forward with our agency’s healthcare integration planning. The focus of that work will be to better identify and integrate treatment planning for clients with co-occurring mental illness and chronic disease conditions. Through these efforts, we anticipate better outcomes for these higher risk individuals.

The training was provided in-part thanks to the funding support of the Network4Health our region’s Integrated Delivery Network.

Photo L to R:   Tracy Tinker with CLM's Celia Felsenberg

August, 6, 2018

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THANK YOU TO ALL who volunteered time, donated auction items, sponsored and attended our 10th Annual Benefit Concert and Auction. It's the support of many that helped make this our most successful event yet raising more than $33,000 to support the CLM Foundation. Proceeds this year will support Wellness Programs for Uninsured Adults and Children.

Held on Friday, July 20, our headliners this year were Changes In Latitudes the premier Jimmy Buffett tribute show with The Last Duo back by popular demand to open the show. We also added a Live Auction to this year's event which was a great success.

Our special appreciation goes to our sponsors including: CGI Benefit Solutions, Anthem, Betley Chevrolet, Exeter Hospital/CORE Physicians, Betley Chevrolet, Derry Neurological Associates, Genoa Healthcare, Boston Retirement Advisors, Pentucket Bank, People’s United Bank, Wisehart Wimette, Caron Bletzer, CASO, Susan Davis, Hampstead Hospital, Hinckley Allen, Landmark Benefits, MHF Design Consultants, Parkland Medical Center, American Excavating, Trivantus, Bergeron Family in Memory of Jean Fisher, RAM Printing, Richards Manus Family, Vic Topo, and USI. Friends of the CLM Foundation: Gail Corcoran, Judi Ryan, Caron Bletzer, Edward C. David & Co., Guidance Point Retirement Services and Tires Too. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Tupelo Music Hall.

Photo credit: Simply Mella Photography

April 12, 2018

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Voices for Mental Health State House Day was held on April 10 at the NH State House. The Community Mental Health Center Executive Directors gathered at the proclamation ceremony and press conference. CLM CEO Vic Topo and Board member Gail Corcoran had an opportunity to speak with Governor Sununu (photo right).

We appreciated the opportunity to also meet with area representatives and hear from guest speaker Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers. CLM representatives also participated in a round table meeting to discuss critical issues facing NH's mental health system of care. The day was dedicated to raising voices in support of mental health in NH.

The Voices for Mental Health State House Day was supported by the NH Community Behavioral Health Association whose members include the ten community health centers that serve each region of New Hampshire.



April 2, 2018

Astros United 2nd Annual Catwalk for a Cause Raises $2000 to benefit CLM

THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS Astros United Club for the success of the Second Annual Catwalk for a Cause held Friday, March 30th at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy. We appreciate that the Center for Life Management was selected to benefit from the $2,000 in proceeds raised. THANK YOU FOR SHINING A LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH AND HELPING TO STOP STIGMA. We are very proud to be a part of this wonderful event and the incredible group of young people, teachers, parents and supporters that contributed to its success.

Our SPECIAL THANKS to PA student Andy Mino who, after losing a good friend to suicide, dedicated his senior capstone project to suicide prevention and awareness. Andy presented a check for $445 to benefit the Center for Life Management.


January 10, 2018

CLM Employees Recognized for Service Year MilestonesEmployeeRecognitionCropped

Congratulations and thank you to this wonderful group of CLM employees recently honored at a Recognition Luncheon for their years of dedication and service to CLM. Each of the staff members were honored by their supervisors who shared wonderful tributes to the commitment and talents of this tremendous group of staff members.

It is our "people power" that makes a difference every day in the lives of the clients and communities we serve. We are very proud of the skilled, professional and compassionate individuals on our staff.

Pictured along with their years of service are:
Front Row, L to R: Julie Robichaud (15), Stephanie Cuthbert (10), Lee Boudreau (20), Lynda Silegy (10), Sarah Cadek (10), Sandra Norton (15), Danielle Alpers (5), Carla McKenzie (10), Caroline Winn (10). Second Row, L to R: Michael Bergeron (30), Victoria Dussault (5), Erin Wood (10), Vic Topo, Kerry Ali (5), Ashley O’Donnell (5)
Not pictured, but recognized for their service were: Patrick Carr (5), Stephen Consoli (10), Rebecca Kentner (5), Julie Lago (5), Karissa White (5).