Clinics add immediate access for mental health

One of the hurdles to people receiving help with a mental health crisis is a lack of immediate care after they realize help is needed — they might ignore their problem if they can’t speak to someone right away. To help those people, three of the Behavioral Health clinics operated by Catholic Charities are starting an “Open Access” day when clients can walk in without an appointment and speak to a therapist, who can provide an assessment and schedule an appointment to further address their problem.

“Open access allows people who are struggling to have immediate access to care,” said Andrea Swenson, Senior Director of Behavioral Health at Catholic Charities.  “If they’re on the fence about treatment, it’s important that they get care as soon as possible.

Open Access days will begin in Hartford on May 21, New Haven on May 30, and Torrington on May 22, coinciding with May being Mental Health Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in our lives.

Below is a list of participating clinics, along with their Open Access schedules and contact information.

Hartford / 45 Wadsworth St. (Institute for the Hispanic Family)
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. until noon
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New Haven / 501 Lombard St.
Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
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Torrington / 132 Grove St.
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
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For more information about Behavioral Health clinics operated by Catholic Charities, visit