Mission & History
InterCommunity's mission is to help people living with mental illness and/or addiction disorders improve their quality of life by providing opportunities for healing and recovery.
The original foundation of InterCommunity was created by three families who gathered together in the basement of the South Congregational Church in Glastonbury, CT to offer mutual support and exchange information around mental health issues. These families came together under the belief that people living with mental illness should have other options than hospitalization. They felt that services could be developed in the area that would help to increase the overall quality of life for people living with mental illness, as well as help to provide information to the general public about mental illness that would help to decrease the stigma attached with it.
This small group of concerned citizens incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the name Glastonbury Mental Health Group in 1977. In 1981, the name was then changed to InterCommunity Mental Health Group to incorporate service delivery to individuals residing in towns other than Glastonbury.
In 1981, the agency opened the only psychiatric clinic in Catchment Area 16, called the Mobile Aftercare Clinic. In 1982 this program became a free-standing, licensed outpatient clinic with two sites; one in Wethersfield and the other in Glastonbury. From the time period of 1986-1988, InterCommunity opened a formal Residential Program, Case Management, Supported Employment and a Psychosocial Rehab Program.
In 1993 all of these programs and services were brought together in one location, at 281 Main St., in East Hartford, CT. In 1994, the agency received the designation of LMHA (Local Mental Health Authority) from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, DMHAS; this designation made the agency the primary mental health service provider in the area. In 1995, the agency received funding to begin a Mobile Crisis Service and in 1998, a Co-Occurring Disorders program was developed. In 1999 InterCommunity assumed operations of the state run Community Based Initiative (CBI) residential program.
InterCommunity currently operates under the name InterCommunity, Inc., since changing its name in 2009. Recognizing the needs of the community, in 2008, InterCommunity opened two new programs, a Children's Clinic, and InterConnections, LLC. The Outpatient Psychiatric Children's Clinic is housed at the same site as InterCommunity, in East Hartford, at 281 Main St., while InterConnections opened its doors, down the road at 893 Main Street, Suite 203 in East Hartford.