Gilead’s Community Partners

To find out more about opportunities to partner on a local level, please contact Lucy McMillan, Director of Development and Public Education at

Community Conversations

You probably know someone with a mental health condition and don’t even realize it, because many people with mental health conditions are highly active and productive members of our communities.

One in five adults experience a mental illness in a given year. That’s approximately 61.5 million Americans. Source: NAMI

Learn more about mental illness and Gilead Community Services. A team of Gilead representatives is available to discuss mental health, and more with you and others.

Gilead will come to your location to give a 30 – 60 minute presentation. We are thrilled to present to any size group. Team members may include Gilead staff, clients, board members or committee members.

Each presentation will include:

  • A brief introduction about mental illness
  • A simple fact sheet
  • An overview of Gilead’s services
  • A client’s personal story
  • Community vs. institutional care discussion
  • Ways to become involved in Gilead.

To host a Gilead Community Conversation, please contact Lucy McMillan at 860-343-5300 x 3423 or email her at

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Companies who have hosted a Community Conversation:

  • Middletown Senior Center
  • Liberty Bank: Middletown, Clinton, Durham
  • Middletown Police Department
  • Kiwanis
  • Young’s Printing
  • First Church Middletown
  • Portland Senior Center
  • Jackson Chevrolet
  • Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski
  • Russell Library
  • Shoreline Soup Kitchens
  • Wesleyan University
  • Amazing Grace Food Pantry
  • Middlesex Community College
  • St. Vincent De Paul
  • Harris Adelberg & Strauss

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A group of over 30 providers throughout Middlesex County joined forces to create what is now called Compassion Counts. Compassion Counts hosts two forums throughout the year — a shoreline location and in Middletown — to initiate a community conversation about mental health. Compassion Counts provides the community with an opportunity to listen and learn from each other, and work together to support mental wellness with meaningful action.

Please check back for more information on upcoming forums.

Mental Wellness Fund
Following the first Compassion Counts held in 2014, an anonymous donor started the Mental Wellness Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to ensure the conversation about mental health issues and services would continue in our communities.

To support Compassion Counts, click here

Compassion Counts Partners

Aware Recovery Care
Child & Family Agency
Clearview Consulting & Mental Fitness
Comer Rudd-Gates & Linda Nickerson
Community Foundation of Middlesex County
The Connection Inc.
Essex Community Fund
Gilead Community Services
Greater Middletown Community Collaborative
Joshua Center Shoreline-Natchaug Hospital
Kuhn Employment Opportunities, Inc.
Middlesex Hospital
Middlesex United Way
Middletown Police Department
Middletown Public Schools
Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Council
NAMI Connecticut
River Valley Services
Rushford: A Hartford Healthcare Partner
Sierra Tucson
St. Vincent de Paul Middletown
Wesleyan University

The Community Care Team (CCT) Saves Lives and Money

A recent community health needs assessment for Middlesex County, completed by Middlesex Hospital, found a disproportionate prevalence of acute alcohol and other drug use and serious mental health diagnoses among those who access the emergency department.

In response to these findings, a group of community leaders built upon existing collaborations to form the Community Care Team (CCT). The CCT is a collaboration of nine community agencies that specialize in the delivery of care for people with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse in Middlesex County.


The CCT partners offer individuals coordinated intervention. Team members meet on a weekly basis to review cases, uncover service gaps, and develop individualized care plans. The CCT is comprised of representatives following: Middlesex Hospital, River Valley Services, Gilead Community Services Inc., Connecticut Valley Hospital (Merritt Hall), Rushford: Hartford Healthcare, Community Health Center (Middletown), Advanced Behavioral Health, Value Options Connecticut, and St. Vincent De Paul Middletown.

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More Local Support

It takes a community of stakeholders to achieve Gilead’s mission. We are proud to say that Gilead has the support of numerous partners throughout the 15 communities we serve.

Thank you for giving your time, energy, resources and passion to Gilead’s mission. Gilead would not be able to provide high quality mental health services to over 600 individuals throughout Middlesex County without all of you!

Aetna Foundation
Altrusa International of Central CT Foundation, Inc.
ATT/CWA Central Region Community Services Fund
C.A.N.E.L. Lodge 700
Catales, Inc.
City of Middletown
Community Foundation of Middlesex County
Community Health Center
Connecticut Equine Therapy
Connecticut State Council of Machinists, IAM & AW
Connecticut Union of Telephone Workers, Inc.4
Department of Children & Families
Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Dorcas Society of Marlborough Congregational, Church
Essex Community Fund
First Congregational, Church of Essex
First Church of Christ, Congregational, Clinton
George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation
High Hopes
Kiwanis of Middletown CT, Inc.
Indiana University Department of Radiation Oncology School of Medicine
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Legislative Program Review & Investigations Committee
Liberty Bank Foundation
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Middlesex Community College
Middlesex United Way
Middletown PBA Pipes and Drums
NewAlliance Foundation
Peach Pit Foundation
Roger Sherman Elementary School Staff Fund
The Meriden Humane Society
Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Fund
Town of Clinton
Town of Essex
Town of Westbrook
Unilever Foundation
Wesleyan University Film Department