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Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester - a Timeline

A lot has changed in the more than 60 years MHCGM has been serving the Manchester area!

1960 – Community Guidance Center (CGC) founded

1961 – CGC opens for service 2 nights a week

1966 – Planning process for Federal Community Mental Health Centers grant begin

1971 – Federal grant approval allows construction of 401 Cypress Street to start

1972 – Manchester becomes the 1st center to provide aftercare to NH Hospital patients

1973 – Name changes to The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM), opens at 401 Cypress St. offering an expanded service array

1974 – Community Support Services begins as a separate department

1976 – Manchester Housing Authority partners with MHCGM to offer supervised apartments

1982 – Four group homes open

1984 – Vocational preparation, placement, and support services begin

1985 – Bedford Counseling Associates (BCA) opens

1991 – Assertive community treatment approach started

1992 – Cypress Center opens

1996 – Affiliation with the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School

1997 – Center receives the Dunfey Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management

1998 – American Psychiatric Association presents its Gold Award to MHCGM

2001 – Manchester Mental Health Foundation Endowment is created

2002 – Accountable Care Management Model is adopted

2003 – Began offering Naturopathic Medicine services at Bedford Counseling Associates

2007 – National Science to Service Award for advancing Evidence Based Practices

2008 – MMH Foundation Endowment exceeds one million dollars

2009 – Joint community-wide emergency behavioral health response system created

2010 – Mental Health Court project begins at Manchester District Court & In SHAPE health promotion program begins for at-risk consumers

2011 – Chose Avatar as our electronic medical record system & began implementation

2013 – Electronic medical records went live on June 10, 2013

2014 – The “Make a Difference” fund was started to fund projects that focus on reducing stigma

2015 – Added two new clinical practices, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy

2016 – Adoption of a new logo & implementation of an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN)

2017 – Beginning of our Mobile Crisis Response Team and Tele-Medicine

2018 – Start of the Zero Suicide Initiative throughout the agency

2019 – Community expansion with core transition services and homeless outreach

2020 – Enhanced prevention through evidence-based care and community connectedness.

2021 – Increased telehealth services to serve our patients through COVID-19

2022 – With this New Year, we had a change in CEO from Bill Rider to Patricia Carty; our focus was centered on re-connecting with each other and restructuring for our future within our community  

2023 – 20th anniversary of In SHAPE

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