SERVING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY SINCE 1968
In the late 1960s two graduate students from Wesleyan University founded Gilead as a research project. They were volunteering at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) and noted an increasing number of individuals who kept returning to the hospital because they were faced with overwhelming odds once they returned to the community – no finances, no living situation, no employment, and no social support systems. They wanted to stop the cycle and help individuals in need. This is the foundation of GileadLate 1960s
At the end of the research project community leaders, professionals, businesses, educators, and interested individuals were approached to carry on the work.
On June 10, 1968 Gilead House was incorporated with the primary purpose of providing a home and support in the community for individuals with severe mental illness.June 10, 1968
Over the years Gilead has grown to offer sixteen programs throughout Middlesex County. These programs include adolescent and adult group homes, supported apartments, supervised apartments, a community treatment team, social rehabilitation center, and outpatient clinics. Due to this expansion, a name change seemed in order to more accurately describe the wide array of services that we offer.
In 1995, Gilead House, Inc. was officially changed to Gilead Community Services, Inc.
For almost 50 years, Gilead has been the only non-profit organization operating mental health residential programs in Middlesex County. Gilead takes pride in the fact that we reach out to local communities to create a community response and establish a firm commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with mental health needs. It is the commitment to this history and to these values that is the driving force for our mission and purpose.
In November, 2016, Gilead joined forces with Oak Hill, the state’s largest private provider of services for people with disabilities. Recognizing that many individuals in both organizations live with both mental health needs and physical disabilities, this new affiliation between Gilead and Oak Hill will work to build a new model of integrated care that meets the unique needs of each individual served.
They noted the increasing number of individuals who were re-hospitalized because they faced overwhelming odds in the community – no finances, no living situation, no employment, and no social support systems. Quite often, this would lead to re-hospitalization and the cycle would begin again.
It was their wish to stop the cycle and to help individuals in need that formed the foundation for Gilead. Community leaders, professionals, businesses, educators, and interested individuals were approached to carry on the work of their project.
In 1968, Gilead House was incorporated to provide a “home” and support in the community for individuals with severe mental illness. Gilead continued to grow throughout the decades as large state psychiatric hospitals discharged patients to the community, increasing the need for community-based programs. Although Gilead grew rapidly, we continued to honor our mission-to provide broad access to a wide range of high quality and recovery oriented community mental health services.
Gilead Community Services
Today, Gilead Community Services offers housing, case management, rehabilitation and psychiatric care for adolescents and adults with severe and persistent mental illness throughout Middlesex County, including the lower shoreline – Old Saybrook, Clinton and Chester. Gilead has been and continues to be the only nonprofit, charitable organization operating mental health residential programs in Middlesex County.
Gilead takes pride in the fact that we have established strong local relationships to create a community commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals living with mental health needs. It is this commitment to these values that is the driving force for our mission and purpose.