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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.

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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.

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PAMELA ALLEN

COMMUNITY PARTNER/LIAISON

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.

 

 

 

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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. Fixing Fathers

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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.

 

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TRACEY FOSKEY

COMMUNITY PARTNER/LIAISON

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. 

 

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LAMONT YOUNG

CLINICAL THERAPIST

Lamont is a skilled and resourceful community therapist with formal experience and knowledge of mental health education, practice, counseling theories, family dynamics, group work, program development, and community transformative outcomes. Visit Unite.us

 

 

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STEFFON JENKINS

CLIICAL LIAISON

My name is Steffon Jenkins. I am a certified Medical Office Secretary, with extensive experience in administrative work, customer service, and Certified Nursing Assistant experience, for over twenty years. 

 

 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

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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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RUSSELL CLAVER-OBINNA

CLINICAL THERAPIST 

 It is my calling to provide help and support, in a collaborative effort, to those seeking out the tools to their success and wellbeing because we are the experts to our lives, and it is my hope that I could bring awareness and clarity to one’s own self-realization.

 

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LANDON OSBORN

CLINICAL THERAPIST

Landon is a Connecticut Licensed Master Social Worker with years of experience working with individuals and families suffering the effects of multi-generational mental health diagnoses and or co-morbidities that were committed to both State and non-profit residential facilities.

 

 

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DANYELL JACKSON

CLINICAL THERAPIST

Danyell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Bachelors of Psychology Degree from Arcadia University and her Master’s in Social Work from UCONN. Danyell comes to us with years of experience working with youth and families.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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SARA SIERRA

CLINICAL THERAPIST

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. 

 

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TERRI WATERS-BURR

CLINICAL THERAPIST

Terri Waters Burr completed her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Relations at the University of Connecticut and her Master's Degree in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor...

 

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SHANAI CHAMBERS

CLINICAL THERAPIST

Shanai Chambers is a licensed social worker dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through advocacy, education and restoration. She is a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she received her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in policy practice.

 

 

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JANELL LEWIS

CLINICAL THERAPIST INTERN

My name is Janell Lewis, I am a graduate student at Springfield College Social Work Department. I am currently in my last year of obtaining my Master’s in Social Work.  I have obtained my Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University.