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ABOUT RELIANT

Empowering Diverse Communities.

Reliant Behavioral Health and Community Services evolved based upon the needs of community members residing throughout New Haven County and CT. Servicing individuals and families require are systemic and require macro-level interventions and strategic planning that are essential in order to sustain one’s overall well-being.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

Address the needs of individuals, adults, children, youth, and families.

Develop individualized plans that cater to the needs of individuals and families who are at-risk, in crisis or require basic need supports.

Address the needs of people with addictions.

Develop programs to serve seniors, veterans and the disabled.

Provide psycho-education, awareness and support about mental and physical health.

Individualized and group counseling along with case management as needed.

Community development and capacity building

Diffusing disparities in urban communities

VALUES:

RESPECT FOR

DIVERSITY

SERVICE
EXCELLENCE

ACCOUNTABILITY

INNOVATION

STAFF & PARTNERS/LIASONS

RBHCS provides a wrap around and holistic approach to clinical counseling
which is why we have community partners listed below.

LISA HARDY-GARDNER

CEO

Lisa is the CEO and Owner of Reliant Behavioral Health and Community Services LLC. Lisa has years of experience working as a Clinical Therapist, Medical Social Worker, and Program Director.
She has also held various supervisory positions.

PAMELA ALLEN

COMMUNITY PARTNER/LIASON

Pamela Allen, is the founder, chief executive officer (CEO), and president of Evergreen Family Oriented Tree, Inc. At present, she coordinates four sober living houses in New Haven, Connecticut for men and women ages 18 years and older.

 

 

 

DR. DAVID ASBERRY

MEN'S SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR

David received his Associates degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He received his Baccalaureate and Master’s Degrees from the College of New Rochelle. In 2012 he received his Doctorate degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.

JAMES WALKER

COMMUNITY PARTNER/LIAISON

James holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Springfield College and has more than 30 years experience in the field of Human Services.  He is the Executive Director/Co-founder of Believe in Me Empowerment Center in New Haven, CT.

 

LENSLEY GAY

COMMUNITY PARTNER/ LIAISON

Lensley Gay is an educator, entrepreneur, and an advocate for children and families. Presently, Ms. Gay is the site coordinator for the New Haven Public School Brennan Rogers Family Resource Center located in Brennan Rogers Magnet School and is one of the 4 Connecticut Department of Education funded centers.

 

SARA SIERRA

Clinical Therapist Intern

I believe that we are all in a life journey that often requires a listening ear and compassionate guidance. It is my hope to help my clients gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them, while building their resiliency and strengthening their wellbeing. 

 

FANNIE HARDY, LCSW

CLINICAL THERAPIST

Fannie Hardy, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience. Fannie has a passion for working with and helping people. This ignited her interest and career choices which directed her in pursuing a career in human services and social work.

DR. TAMIKO JACKSON-MCARTHUR

PEDIATRIC CONSULT

Dr. Tamiko Jackson serves as the pediatric consult for Reliant Behavioral Health and Community Services. She completed her undergraduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and went on to Howard University College School of Medicine, earning a medical degree. 

SHEFAU DABRE-RUFUS, MSED

RYT 200 COMMUNITY PARTNER

I am delighted to share how I merge my experience in education and my wellness lifestyle to design plans for others. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) who holds a Master of Science from Southern Connecticut State University and a CT State certification in Education. 

KATRINA GOINS

FINANCIAL COUNSELOR

My name is Katrina Goins and I am currently a Community Liaison and Financial Counselor for the City of New Haven Financial Empowerment Center; in which we help New Haven residents with their financial stability. 

 

BRUCE A. TRAMMELL, SR. 

CFLC

Bruce A. Trammell, Sr., has over 10 years of expertise in engaging men from a variety of communities throughout Connecticut. He has facilitated workshops for Youth Development programs, along with performing community outreach, in order to enroll motivated candidates for his supportive services.

 

TRACEY FOSKEY

Community Partner/Liason

Tracey Foskey completed her undergraduate studies at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. Tracey has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She is the founder/owner of Total Joy Are You (TJAY) Autism Foundation. 

 

MELANIE MERRITT

LMSW CLINICAL THERAPIST INTERN

Melanie is a graduate of  the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Melanie has completed her last phase of internship at the Intensive Outpatient Center at UConn Health Center, where she conducts individual and group sessions.

JENNIFER GILLIARD, LCSW

CLINICAL THERAPIST

Jennifer Gilliard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and her Bachelors Degree in Health Science from Quinnipiac University. She has years of experience working with children and families, adolescent youth, teens.

JUANITA TEXTIERRA

SECRETARY/PRESCREENER

Juanita is an experienced human services professional. Juanita graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with her Bachelors of Science Degree with a concentration in Human Services. Additionally, Juanita completed two years of studies at the University of New Haven with a concentration in Criminal Justice.

LATRICE ALLEN - FRASIER

FINANCIAL PARTNER

My name is Latrice Allen and I am a Financial Counselor for the City of New Haven Financial Empowerment Center. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Norfolk State University.

 

TAMRA GREEN

SITE COORDINATOR

Tamra Green gleams with creativity and resourcefulness. She was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, by a mom who owned two businesses: a daycare and a tailoring shop. Growing up under that entrepreneurship propelled her creativity (entrepreneurship) and avid desire to teach children and to work with families. 

 

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