CMHC hosts launch of statewide musical celebration

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Mary McBride and band member Greg Beshers performed at the press conference announcing the Home Tour Connecticut program.

A program that brings concerts to people with limited access to live music will kick off a statewide tour on Wednesday, Dec. 5, with performances at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC).

Home Tour is the creation of singer/songwriter Mary McBride. Since its inception, the Home Tour has performed live shows throughout the nation for seniors, families living in supported housing, children in low-income neighborhoods; farm workers, cancer patients, and veterans. It has also expanded internationally. This year, the Home Tour has partnered with Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and several state agencies to launch the tour in seven cities across Connecticut.

For the tour’s kick-off at CMHC, McBride and her band will perform a combination of old favorites, original pieces, and holiday songs. They will also share the stage with musicians from the CMHC community, including staff and clients.

“The Home Tour embodies much of what CMHC stands for,” says Dr. Michael J. Sernyak, CEO of CMHC. “Celebration, hope, and recovery — the idea that people with serious mental illness can ‘sing their own song’ by building lives of their own choosing in the community.”

Home Tour Connecticut is also partnering with Fresh Advantage to highlight the connection between the nourishing aspects of healthy food and live music. In New Haven, the Home Tour’s food partners include Miya’s Sushi, Claire’s Corner Copia, CitySeed, Chabaso Bakery, Elm City Market, and Farmer’s Cow. CMHC, which hosts a CitySeed Farmers’ Market every summer and fall in its parking lot, embraces the belief that fresh, locally and sustainably grown food is a cornerstone of physical and mental health for all people, notes.

CMHC is a partnership between the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Yale University School of Medicine that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment for 5,000 people annually in the Greater New Haven area. CMHC is one of four DMHAS clinical sites across the State that will host the Home Tour.  Additional Home Tour locations include many partners in the human services sector — in the New Haven area: Fellowship Place; New Haven Housing Authority/Quinnipiac Terrace; the West Haven VA; and Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

The Home Tour is supported by the Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Fischl Gornik Foundation, Pfizer, Starwood Hotels, Yale University, and individual contributors.

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