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Rep. Tercyak Presents AT&T Grant

State Representative Peter Tercyak (D- New Britain) presented Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) with a grant from the AT&T Foundation to purchase 75 wireless notebook computers to improve client services today in New Britain.

“CMHA provides critical care to the New Britain community and these new laptops will make it easier for them to continue providing children and families with the vital mental health and support services they need,” said Rep. Tercyak. “CMHA really needs all the support it can get in this difficult economy when more people than ever need their help. AT&T deserves special recognition and thanks for continuing their philanthropy and community investment in this tough economy.”

“AT&T was extremely pleased that Representative Tercyak recommended CMHA. He understands his community well and we rely on him to indicate where areas of need exist. The arena of telemedicine is ripe for applications such as this one,” said Kinson Perry, Area Manager for AT&T External and Legislative Affairs.

The wireless notebooks will allow CMHA’s clinicians to provide mental health services in the field to clients. Severely mentally ill clients often have barriers to accessing care, such as lack of transportation or difficulty functioning in society. This technology will enable clinicians to provide services in patients’ apartments or shelters, improve clinical efficiency and productivity with immediate remote access to charts and medical records. It will also decrease clerical time, reduce errors, and improve billing accuracy and timeliness in serving this particularly at-risk population.

“Through Representative Tercyak’s support and the AT&T Foundation’s generosity, CMHA is bringing telemedicine technology to community behavioral healthcare. With these new notebooks, decisions will be made in the field with greater accuracy and efficiency, thereby providing better care to our clients,” said CMHA President and CEO Raymond J. Gorman.

Tercyak said that these laptops will make it easier for CMHA to be compliant with the new Federal Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) electronic medical records guidelines.

Founded in 1975, New Britain based CMHA is a community-oriented not-for-profit providing mental health care and addiction services for children and adults. Dedicated to improving the quality of life for Connecticut’s residents, CMHA has 18 locations in northwest and central Connecticut, including 10 in New Britain.