About Sound Community Services
Welcome from our CEO Gino DeMaio
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 are 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 devoted 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 continue implementing 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 this 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 joined to support children and families by starting 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 assisted individuals who faced federal probation and required mental health supports to re-integrate back into their community.
2010 - Sound Community Services began 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 opened it's residential doors to the first young adult program. The YAS Scattered Sites Initiative (Shaw Program) began to provide life skills to young adults who were transitioning into adulthood.
2012 - Sound Community Services assessed 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 grew significantly by providing new and innovative services that affected the lives of many in southeastern Connecticut. The agency also grew from a cultural perspective by focusing 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 continued its journey on supporting young adults with the implementation of the AXS Center - a young adult drop-in center that provides a range of services focused on socialization, educational, employment, life skills support, and links to services of need.
2015 - Sound Community Services embarked on integrating behavioral health services and coordinating and collaborating more closely with community primary care services with a new program called Behavioral Health Homes (BHH).
2016 - Sound Community Services redesigned the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), 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 continued its focus on integration, collaboration, and implementing new strategies to serve our clients and community. The agency embarked 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 region's opioid epidemic, Sound Community Services began 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
Dan Gaynor, Secretary
Gino DeMaio Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Fournier Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
Corey Whiteside Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Luis Roberto Gonzalez Chief Medical Officer
Jason Hyatt Vice President of Programs and Integration, MPA
Laura Hurlbirt-Brault Vice President of Administration & Community Relations and Client Rights Officer
Tamra Rodriguez Vice President of Human Resources
Jaimi Vann Director of Community Programs, LPC
Jen Ferrigno Director of Revenue Cycle Management