Updated service information: COVID-19

CHD continues to provide essential services to meet community needs. If you are in need of services, please call 1-844-CHD-HELP.

In order to protect the health of our community and our team, some changes in services are taking place. You may receive counseling over the phone or video call, for example, rather than in person. Please contact us with any questions you might have before coming in for services.

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May 26, 2020

Social Distancing and Domestic Violence

Social distancing measures have left many feeling in some way confined to their homes. By and large, essential staff are the only individuals leaving the
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Telehealth Services Available through CHD’s ‘Where You Are’

Those in need of services can receive counseling and therapy from a licensed, highly trained clinician in your home or virtually any suitable location with Where You Are, our new remote mental-health support network.

Program Updates:

Limited Services Resume at Waterbury’s Hospitality Center

Due to an overwhelming need to continue services to those experiencing homelessness and housing instability, CHD’s Hospitality Center in Waterbury, CT, has re-opened to provide shower, laundry and mail pick-up services between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Hospitality Center is strictly practicing social distancing to ensure the safety of its staff and participants. To minimize the amount of people in the Center at once, the City of Waterbury has ordered a heated tent be placed outside the Center for those who may have to wait to enter. In addition, the Center is not currently accepting donations in an added effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The Hospitality Center thanks its community partners for their continued support and looks forward to returning to its full slate of services at the appropriate time.

Cancer House of Hope Programming Temporarily Suspended

In line with CDC and Mass. DPH recommendations for actions to limit potential exposure to COVID-19, particularly for people considered to be at elevated risk, CHD is temporarily suspending programming at the Cancer House of Hope. The Cancer House of Hope will continue to offer counseling services and drive-up wig services for participants on a by-appointment basis. To set up an appointment, please call 413-733-1858.

Disability Resources Temporarily Suspended

In line with CDC and Mass. DPH recommendations for actions to limit potential exposure to COVID-19, particularly for people considered to be at elevated risk, CHD is temporarily suspending programming for Disability Resources, including the Springfield Sled Thunderbirds sled hockey team. DR will be conducting a virtual adaptive CrossFit program on Fridays throughout the month of May. For more information, please email program director Jess Levine at jlevine@chd.org.

Not Bread Alone Meal Service Modified

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 we will implement a “To Go” meal approach. There will be no tables or chairs set up and guests will be asked to select either a vegetarian or non-vegetarian prepacked bag outside the lower levels of the First Congregational Church of Amherst at 165 Main Street. We will follow the guidance of the CDC and the Amherst Health Department and will resume regular service as soon we feel it is safe to do so. Read more

CHD Media Links:

Napoli featured on WWLP on how CHD’s Early Intervention program is continuing service

CHD’s Early Intervention Program Supervisor Cindy Napoli was recently featured on WWLP to discuss how the program has adapted to continue services through telehealth. The program has been able to continue services to over 150 families as well as accept new referrals, including self-referrals by parents and guardians. Those in need of services can make a referral by calling 1-844-CHD-HELP. View full interview

Nicholson discusses homelessness and shelter resources on Connecting Point

CHD’s Director of Homelessness Services Theresa Nicholson recently spoke with Carolee McGrath on WGBY ’s Connecting Point to share how CHD’s shelter programs are continuing their mission despite the obstacles of the time. View the full interview

Cook discusses mental health and resources with Western Mass News

VP of Behavioral Health Katherine Cook was featured on Western Mass News’ segment of Coronavirus: Getting Answers, where she discussed the impact these challenging times can have on mental health and what can be done to help. CHD is continuing services though telehealth amid social distancing at 1-844-CHD-HELP. View full interview

Rivas consulted for expert insight on El Sol Latino’s Podcast 413

Clinical Supervisor for CHD’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Milagros Rivas called into El Sol Latino‘s ‘Podcast 413’ to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting mental health, focusing especially on that of the Latino population, across all ages, and how people can work to support their own well-being and that of their loved ones. Listen

Ciepiela calls into Bax and O’Brien show on Rock 102

CHD’s Director of Outpatient Services Lindsay Ciepiela called into Bax and O’Brien’s morning show on Rock 102 on Wednesday, March 18, to talk about ways people and work to protect their mental health amid the effects of COVID-19 and social distancing measures. Listen

Important Information for New & Prospective Employees

As we continue to provide essential services to meet the needs of the individuals and communities we serve, we are also maintaining our hiring processes for new candidates with modifications. Much of the hiring process can be done by phone, and our orientations for new hires will not be conducted in person until further notice. Click here to see employment opportunities at CHD.

CHD has suspended Monday morning orientations for new hires at the corporate office at 332 Birnie Ave in Springfield until further notice. All newhires should not attend orientation on Mondays and should simply complete their new hire orientation materials online. As part of this process, new hires will be contacted about where to report on their first day.

New hires should be prepared to present supporting I-9 documentation to the program’s administrative assistant or hiring manager within at least three days of their hire date. Click here to see a list of acceptable forms of I-9 documentation.

After the I-9 process is complete, new hires will be directed to contact the IT help desk at (413) 439-2200 to assist them with password resets, employee portal access and/or eHana.

All staff, including new hires, can use the hr@chd.org email address for all HR inquiries.