About Sound Community Services
Welcome to Sound Community Services, Inc. (SCSI). We are a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating, assisting, and supporting individuals with persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders. We work tirelessly to create a culture and environment in which recovery and wellness is possible.
Our services are now defined by the needs of those we serve and incorporate the mainstays of recovery and wellness within all our programs. We are committed to the recovery process for those we serve by applying evidence-based behavioral health practices in order to achieve independence and integration into the larger community. As we move into the future, we are excited to implement this evidence-based philosophy to address the ever-growing addiction-related issues in our community.
As a leader, coach and mentor at Sound Community Services, I’m honored to have the privilege to lead and create change by developing a shared vision for the future. Personally, I would like to thank all the amazing employees at Sound Community Services for embracing the winds of change.
As a result of a new vision for the future, a new culture has emerged; one filled with the enormous heart and soul of its employees and their personal commitment to the agency, those we serve and our community.
We believe in the endless possibilities that can be harnessed simply by access to hope – hope in recovery, hope in progress, and hope in the future. At Sound Community Services, we dedicate our days to providing a culture of compassion and human connection that fosters hope through support, education, and opportunity. And while the statistics inspire our mission, they do not define it.
Ours is a mission defined by passion, intention, inclusion, diversity an enriched connection to our community, those we serve and a belief that any statistic can be overcome when you dare greatly from the heart.
1976 - A mission emerged to facilitate the transition of numerous hospitalized individuals back into the community.
2005 - Integrated Behavioral Health and First Step merged to become Sound Community Services.
2007 - Sound Community Services joins to support children and families by starting the Project SAFE (Substance Abuse Family Evaluation). A successful collaboration between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to improve the lives of children and their families in Connecticut.
2009 - Sound Community Services assists individuals who face federal probation and require mental health supports to re-integrate back into their community.
2010 - Sound Community Services begins accepting applications in order to support people with WISE services. A program initiated by DMHAS in order to assist people with staying in their community with supports rather than higher levels of care, such as skilled nursing facilities.
2011 - Sound Community Services opens it's residential doors to the first young adult program. The YAS Scattered Sites Initiative (Shaw Program) is started, in order to provide transitional life skills to young adults who are transitioning into adulthood.
2012 - Sound Community Services assesses a need that the community would benefit from and develops the Rite of Passage Program. ROPP, a 4-bed male house, dedicated to supporting the specific challenges that young adults who have a significant mental illness and cognitive challenges may face.
2013 - Under new leadership, Sound Community Services has grown significantly by providing new and innovative services that have affected the lives of many in southeastern Connecticut. The agency has also grown from a cultural perspective by focusing our attention on changing lives through empowerment, knowledge, and opportunity while living our values of integrity, teamwork, and service to our clients, our community and each other.
2014 - Sound Community Services continues it journey on supporting young adults with the implementation of the AXS Center, a young adult drop-in center that provides a range of services that focus on socialization, educational, employment, life skills support, and links to services that someone may need.
2015 - Sound Community Services embarks on integrating behavioral health services and coordinating and collaborating more closely with community primary care services with a new program called Behavioral Health Homes.
2016 - Sound Community Services redesigns the Intensive Outpatient Program, by moving to a dual diagnosis model, as well as offering IOP 5 days/week in the morning and introducing a 3 days/week afternoon session as well.
Sound Community Services partners with New London adult probation and the court system to provide effective support services by working collaboratively with system stakeholders to promote compliance with court orders and instill positive change in individuals, families, and communities.
2017 - Sound Community Services continues it focuses on integration, collaboration, and implementing new strategies to serve our clients and community. The agency embarks on increasing clinical supports within our non-clinical programs in order to increase the level of understanding of the population we serve.
2018 - In the face of trying times, with regards to the regions' opioid epidemic, Sound Community Services begins offering family support groups for loved ones who may have experienced this difficult journey.
Board of Directors
The SCSI Board of Directors (BOD) is an active group that is fully integrated into all organizational development activities, including monthly board meetings and sub-committee meetings, strategic planning, decision-making, and fundraising. Board members are active in the community on both local and state levels and hold seats on a variety of committees.
The SCSI Leadership Team reports directly to the BOD and meets with them monthly to discuss any activities or changes and maintains close contact with the BOD Chair regarding crucial decisions.
Edward Blonder, Chair
Michael Talbot, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
and General Counsel
Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Luis Roberto Gonzalez
Chief Medical Officer
Vice President of Programs
and Integration, MPA
Vice President of Operations
and Client Rights Officer
Vice President of
Community Programs, LPC
Revenue Cycle Management