History

InterCommunity Timeline

InterCommunity has come a long way in 40 years. The original foundation of the agency was created in 1977 by three families who gathered together in the basement of a church to exchange information regarding mental health issues and offer each other support. In 2015, InterCommunity entered into an affiliation with the former ADRC (Alcohol & Drug Recovery Centers) to offer a broad range of mental health, addiction recovery, and primary care services.

In 2017 we celebrate 40 years of our journey toward changing the meaning of care…and caring. From embracing the concept of integrated healthcare and becoming a FQHC-LA, launching primary care services, medication-assisted treatment, and so much more, InterCommunity works every day to reduce health disparities in the community and offer people from underserved areas the best possible care for body and mind.

Highlights from our history:

InterCommunity Recovery Centers (formerly ADRC)

  • 1972 – Agency Incorporates – Combined Hospitals Alcoholism Program- CHAP was established to medically treat people suffering from alcoholism as an alternative to jail
  • 1973 -Detoxification Center – Opened October 2, 1973 –The first location for the Detoxification Center was 500 Vine St, Hartford
  • 1983 – Name Changes to ADRC  (Alcoholism Detoxification & Rehabilitation Center) 
  • 1985 – Clayton House opens- Clayton House, a residential halfway house in Glastonbury, is the first ADRC program outside of Detoxification
  • 1989 – Alternate Living Center opens [known as ALC]- ALC establishes ADRC’s third physical location, at 56 Coventry Street, Hartford
  • 1991 – Name Changes to Alcohol & Drug Recovery Centers, Inc.
  • 1993 – Coventry House opens
  • 1994 – Outpatient Counseling Center opens
  • 1997 – ADRC becomes a Saint Francis Care Affiliate
  • 1998 – SATEP begins [Substance Abuse Treatment Enhancement Project]
    • 1998- Transportation 
    • 1998- ACCESS Line 
    • 1999- Intensive Program 
    • 1999- Intermediate Program 
    • 1999- Women’s ALC 
  • 1999 – Detoxification Center – Moved to the former Mount Sinai Hospital building at 500 Blue Hills Avenue, on Jan. 21, 1999
  • 2000 – Recovery House opens [20 beds]
  • 2007 – Recovery House II opens [10 beds]
  • 2008 – Complete renovation & expansion of the Outpatient Counseling Center
  • 2008 – Selected as principal contractor for the Recovery-Oriented Vocational Services grant
  • 2015 – Enters into an Affiliation Agreement with InterCommunty, Inc. ADRC name changes to InterCommunity 
  • 2016 – A new primary care clinic and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services open in Hartford.
InterCommunity Primary Care and Behavioral Health Division

  • 1977- Incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the name Glastonbury Mental Health Group
  • 1981- Name changed to InterCommunity Mental Health Group- to incorporate service delivery to individuals residing in towns other than Glastonbury.
  • 1981-Opens only psychiatric clinic in Catchment Area 16, called the Mobile Aftercare Clinic.
  • 1982- Mobile Aftercare Clinic becomes a free-standing, licensed outpatient clinic with two sites; one in Wethersfield and the other in Glastonbury.
  • 1986-1988- InterCommunity Mental Health Group opens
    • Residential Program 
    • Case Management Program
    • Supported Employment Program
    • Psychosocial Rehab Program
  • 1993- All Programs brought together under one location: 281 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • 1994- Receives the designation of LMHA (Local Mental Health Authority) from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, DMHAS;
  • 1995- Receives funding to begin a Mobile Crisis Service
  • 1999 -Assumes operations of the state run Community Based Initiative (CBI) residential program.
  • 2008- Opens Outpatient Psychiatric Children’s Clinic, located at 281 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • 2009- Changes its name to InterCommunity, Inc.
  • 2013-Department of Public Health grants InterCommunity a primary care license
  • 2015-Enters into affiliation agreement with InterCommunity Recovery Centers
  • 2015- Receives FQHC LA (Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike) Designation from U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • 2017 – InterCommunity receives national recognition as a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)