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Local engineer Katy Gagnon and Cornell Scott Director of Purchasing & Facility Development Shawn Galligan.

Cornell Scott Hill Health Center plans to build a new 52-bed substance abuse treatment center on Cedar Street to replace its current 40-bed offerings on Grant Street.

The local community health center‘s director of purchasing and facility development, Shawn Galligan, announced the coming moves Tuesday night during the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) at 200 Orange St.

He said that Cornell Scott plans to build a new 52-bed inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment center atop a surface parking lot at 232-236 Cedar St. That parcel also already houses Cornell Scott’s South Central Rehabilitation Center at the corner of Minor Street, he said, as well as a vacant Cornell Scott-owned building at the corner of Howard Avenue.

Tuesday night’s Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.

Galligan said the proposed building would be the new home to the behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse therapeutic services currently offered out of a city-owned building at 60-62 Grant St.

The new Cedar Street building would provide both inpatient and outpatient services and would have a total of 52 in-patient beds: 40 for men and 12 for women. The Grant Street site has only 40 beds, all reserved for men.

He touted the project as helping build out a “comprehensive campus” for Cornell Scott on Cedar Street, and as taking place on properties already owned by the center. He said he does not know the city’s plans for 62 Grant St. after Cornell Scott relocates to Cedar.

“We believe that this is going to be a great benefit to our patients,” he said, “and to all residents of New Haven suffering from the opioid crisis and from other substance abuse.”

The board referred to the City Plan Commission the center’s zoning relief application, for a special exception to allow for a distance of 1,000 feet for off-site parking spaces 300 feet is currently permitted by zoning law. The board will vote on the matter next month.

Gagnon walks through the parking layout.

Langan Senior Project Manager Katy Gagnon, the engineer on the project, explained that, per zoning law, the health center needs 67 on-site parking spaces for the Cedar Street parcel. After the construction of the proposed new treatment center, it will have only 34.

But if the board approves for the special exception to extend maximum allowable distance for on-site parking spaces from 300 feet to 1,000 feet, she said, Cornell Scott’s current surface parking lot at 3 Arch St. would become eligible. Counting in those Arch Street parking spots, she said, would bring the parcel’s on-site parking up to 142.

The new proposed site is a five-minute walk from four different bus routes and a bike share station, she said.

“We believe that the proposed use is consistent with other uses in the area and will function in conjunction with the other Cornell Scott building on the site and is in line New Haven’s Comprehensive Plan,” she said. “We’re proposing an increased building density and sharing underutilized parking to eliminate the need to construct a new parking lot.”


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WHO: Senator Chris Murphy

WHAT: Pre-existing Conditions Round-table in New Haven
Friday, June 7th at 9am

WHERE: Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center
               428 Columbus Ave.
               New Haven, CT

Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will meet with local residents and community advocates in New Haven to discuss what’s at stake for the 522,000 people in Connecticut and over 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions as the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress continue to sabotage our health care system. In May, Murphy launched “Share Your Story” campaign to invite people in Connecticut to share their health care stories and describe how they would be impacted if Republicans are successful in their attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act. Murphy has held similar roundtables in areas of the state to hear firsthand how the people of Connecticut would be affected if the administration was able to do away with protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Last year, 18 Republican Attorneys General—led by Texas—sued the federal government, arguing that protections for those with pre-existing conditions in the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in this lawsuit July 9, 2019.

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NEW HAVEN, CT. - The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center (CSHHC) announces that Michael R. Taylor, its Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), effective immediately.  NACHC is the professional and advocacy association representing the nation’s 1,500+ community health centers.

“NACHC is the leading advocacy voice in support of 1,500+ community health centers that serve the nation’s uninsured and medically underserved.  It’s an honor to be given this opportunity to collaborate with peers from health centers across the country to advance the health center movement” said Taylor, who took the helm of CSHHC in 2013 after serving as its COO.

Ken Lalime, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, praised the choice of Mr. Taylor for the NACHC Board. “We are thrilled to have a CT representative on the NACHC Board. And, Michael’s experience in the community health center world, and specifically, at Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, will be to the benefit of health centers and their patients across the country.”

In addition to advocacy, the NACHC conducts research, provides training and leadership development and technical assistance for community health centers, and develops public and private sector partnerships and alliances in the interest of building healthier communities.


The Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center is the oldest and among the largest community Health Centers in Connecticut. The Center provides integrated medical, dental and behavioral health solutions throughout the Greater New Haven area and the Naugatuck Valley with the goal of improving the health status of patients and the community at large. The Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center has been a leader in community healthcare innovation for over 45years. Learn more at www.cornellscott.org.



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Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center: Hosting Statewide Conference to Address Healthcare Needs of Homeless Population

New Haven – Medical providers, community outreach workers, and representatives from agencies across the state will gather Wednesday (Nov. 28) at the Chabad at Yale University to address the health care issues facing the thousands of people in Connecticut experiencing homelessness. Sponsored by the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center (CSHHC), Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) and others under the CT Collaboration for Homeless Healthcare umbrella, the all-day event will be held at 36 Lynwood Place, New Haven.

Titled “Facing Homelessness ≠ Forgoing Healthcare,” the event will feature a keynote address delivered by Amy Grassette, a consumer advocate who was homeless with her family for two years. Grassette, will discuss her experience and her engagement with the community during her stint of homelessness. The conference will also feature panel discussions on substance use, harm reduction, street medicine and a host of other issues relevant to healthcare and the homeless population.

Conference organizers state many of those attending the conference know the stories and urgent healthcare concerns behind Connecticut’s homeless statistics. Nearly 4,000 people in Connecticut were identified as homeless or at risk of homelessness in the 2016 Point in Time Count, a one-day unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families across the United States. As of the beginning of 2018, 529 people were experiencing homelessness in New Haven, 97 of them children, according to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. “CT’s health centers serve over 392,000 people each year, including 12,000 people experiencing homelessness,” said Ken Lalime, CEO of the Community Health Center Association of CT. “Our health centers are uniquely positioned to provide primary medical, behavioral health and dental care to all people where it is convenient for them to receive it. We are proud to collaborate with health centers and other service providers towards improved health and well-being for all people, no matter their circumstance.”

The event is designed to allow healthcare and other providers to learn directly from consumers and share best practices with one another. This goal of this approach is to improve collaboration and coordination among the statewide network of providers.

 “We are creating this opportunity for those involved, and interested, in improving our homeless population’s access to healthcare to have a productive dialogue,” said Michael R. Taylor, CEO of Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. “This begins with having people who are experiencing or who have experienced homelessness at the planning table as well as experts who can share insights into best practices and methods of securing resources.”

For more information on the Health Center, please visit: http://www.cornellscott.org.

The Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center is the oldest and among the largest community Health Centers in Connecticut. The center provides integrated medical and behavioral health solutions throughout the greater New Haven area and the Naugatuck Valley with the goal of improving the health status of patients and the community at large. The Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center has been a leader in community healthcare innovation for almost 50 years. Learn more at www.cornellscott.org.


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November 11, 2018

Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center (CS-HHC) announces that the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven awarded the health center a $35,000 grant award to support recruiting a new psychiatric provider.

CS-HHC is working with an external recruiter to fill the position in 2019.  The new position will provide prescription and clinical services to adult clients in New Haven County.  By expanding capacity, CS-HHC will reach as many as 300 additional clients annually with urgently needed mental health and substance use treatment services.  The CS-HHC capacity-building award is part of the Community Foundation’s 2018 grant awards package, totaling $2,670, 527, to organizations responding to pressing needs throughout Greater New Haven.

Pointing to the impact of the opioid crisis on New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley, CS-HHC officials said the award comes at a critical time when the need is growing for treatment.

Michael R. Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We welcome this award from The Community  Foundation,  one of our most dedicated  community partners as we continue to respond to the critical health issues  facing residents of the communities we serve.”

He said, “We are building our capacity to serve more people, particularly as more people are battling addiction, mental health and other serious health issues.  Psychiatric providers play a critical role in our integrated approach to ensuring the delivery of high-quality treatment and services to the people throughout our community.”

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