What We Do
We are a nonprofit that serves as the safety net for children and families in the greater Norwalk region who cannot afford or gain access to private mental health care. Our outpatient clinic, school and in-home programs provide affordable, high-quality mental health services to over 2,500 children and families members every year.
We believe every individual deserves compassionate and individualized care that improves their health, resiliency, and quality of life.
“The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela
Who We Help
We meet the mental health and wellness needs of our community, including children, adolescents, and families. For those without health insurance we price our services on a sliding scale to ensure every child and family member receives the services they need to promote optimal mental health.
We provide a safe and welcoming environment for every individual regardless of race, gender, sexual identity, disability, or documentation status. Our programs and services provide support across the lifespan of a child/adolescent, from birth through age 21, and are tailored to address each individual’s unique needs.
How We Help
We offer a broad range of programs and services for children, adolescents, and families designed to decrease symptoms, build social skills, and increase overall functioning. These include:
As an agency committed to the health and wellness of our employees and communities, we are committed to examining and taking action against the multifaceted nature of racism in the United States. Racism is dehumanizing to everyone it touches.
We hold a longstanding value of upholding and working toward social justice for all people. We are a welcoming, caring community, respecting of diversity and differences. We must examine racism beyond the actions of individuals, for it is embedded in the systems of care and the very fabric of our society.
We acknowledge that racism can be unconscious or unintentional. Yet it influences behavior and we are committed to examining implicit biases and their impact.
We acknowledge that racism works in tandem with systems of sexism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, cissexism, classism, and ableism.
We vow to purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race and color and the impact(s) they have on our organization, its systems, and its people.
We challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this purposeful process.
We affirm explicitly and publicly, our identity as an anti-racist organization.
Alice Forrester, PhD: Chief Executive Officer
Gail Melanson, PhD: Executive Director
Lawrence Maayan, MD: Medical Director
Andrew Lustbader, MD, MPH: Medical Director, EDT/IOP
Marissa Mangone: Senior Officer, Development and Community Partnership
Kristin Charney, LMFT: Director, Early Childhood Programs
Mary Alice Delagrange, LCSW: Director, Extended Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programs
Megan Iosifidis, LPC: Director, Trauma Informed School-Based Programs
Clara Mesa, LCSW: Director, Community-Based Services
Delphine Naudin, LCSW: Clinical Director, Outpatient Children’s Clinic
Robert Tremonte, LPC: Manager, Extended Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programs
Lauren DeLuca: Office Manager
Board of Directors
Roy Berger, President
Laoise King, Esq., Secretary
Tom Sansone, Esq., Treasurer
Steve Bedwell, Director
Rochelle Cummings, Director
Erica DePalma, Director
Marissa Tartaglia, Director
Stefanie Tywonick, Director