Mission Moments

Helping Young Men Make Smart Choices

During their teenage years, male youth face a changing array of life challenges. Whether they overcome those challenges and build success in their lives and communities is, in great measure, a function of their choices. “I try to get the young men in secure residential treatment to see how every positive step they take leads […]


A Teenaged Boy, a Climbing Wall, and the Power of Accessibility

Alan is a student at Chicopee Comprehensive High School. He likes to read and enjoys playing video games. In April he turns 16. That’s a hard age by itself – and harder still when a teen is disabled. “Alan is legally blind, has Cerebral Palsy and has mild autism,” his mother Sharon explains. “He has […]


Getting Comfortable with Conversations about Mental Health

“A silent epidemic.” “The great unspoken health issue of our time.” “An invisible illness.” “A hidden crisis.” From the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerald to New York Times Magazine, the issue of mental health and its impact on human lives is getting lots of attention – and it’s well deserved. A […]


The Future of Health Care is ‘Integrated Care’

Innovation. Transformation. Collaboration. A vision for a more seamless model of care that breaks down barriers and encourages partnership is the cornerstone of the CHD Greenfield Center for Wellness which joins emotional health care, primary health and dental care all together and under one roof.  The new CHD Greenfield Center for Wellness is set to […]


Eating Disorders Focus of Awareness Week

“The idea of throwing up was introduced to me by another teenaged girl,” said CHD’s Sarah A. Sabbides. “It ended up becoming much more than a simple behavior”. Years later, Sabbides is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Team Coordinator and Clinician for CHD, the Center for Human Development. Her team assists individuals referred by the […]