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Wheeler Clinic Hub Team Bios

Richard J. Miller, M.D., F.A.A.C.A.P., Team Medical Director
Dr. Miller is board certified in general, child and adolescent psychiatry.  He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. After serving as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai/St. Francis Medical Center Dr. Miller has served as Medical Director for Children’s Services at Wheeler Clinic since 1997. Dr. Miller possesses extensive experience working across the continuum of hospital and community based child psychiatric services including inpatient, partial-hospital, residential, group home, school, intensive and crisis in home programs as well as outpatient services. He has worked within Wheeler’s community-based continuum and coordinating care with other community service providers involved with children and families with complex needs.  Dr. Miller also possesses experience providing on-site consultation to primary care physicians.

Gurender S. Sahani, M.D., Team Psychiatrist
Dr. Sahani is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.  He received his degree from JLN Medical College and Hospital and completed graduate medical education at Delaware Psychiatric Center affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Sahani then completed his training in Child and Adolescent psychiatry at Institute of Living, Hartford. He provides psychiatric consultation at Wheeler Clinic and has extensive experience providing community-based care throughout Connecticut. Dr. Sahani is experienced in community psychiatry, psychopharmacology and crisis care.

Jody Cordova, Team Program Coordinator
Jodi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Connecticut. Jodi possesses more than 14 years of experience organizing, staffing and facilitating numerous youth support programs. Jody has extensive experience providing experiential programming for at risk youth. She provided coordination of services with key stakeholders such as the Department of Children and Families, youth service departments, school systems and private organizations. Coordination of these programs involved securing grant funding by providing documentation for state reimbursement including day-to-day administration, customer service and scheduling.

Mary Castonguay, Team Family Peer Specialist
Mary holds a B.S in Justice and Law Administration, with a focus in Criminology from Western Connecticut State University and an A.S from Tunxis Community College in Criminal Justice. In addition, she is a state certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, volunteer and advocate with the YWCA. Mary possesses nearly three years’ experience providing support to court involved and non-court involved adults, adolescents and families through a variety of community-based services as well as pre-trial diversionary programs. She upholds crucial relationships with emerging, established, traditional and nontraditional referral sources within the community to best assist the needs of the families referred to Access Mental Health.

Sarah Becker, LCSW, Team Administrator
Sarah is a licensed, master’s level clinician with more than 15 years of post-graduate clinical and administrative experience.  Sarah earned her master’s degree from the Smith College School of Social Work. She has dedicated much of her career to ensuring effective service system negotiation and integration particularly for youth in crisis and youth with complex clinical presentations.  Sarah recently completed a leadership program, Addressing Health Disparities, through the National Council for Behavioral Health, is a trainer for the Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services Performance Improvement Center and is certified to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training.

 

Oversight of the ACCESS Mental Health program is provided by the Central Administrative team at Beacon Health Options.  Any questions regarding the statewide program can be directed to: Elizabeth Garrigan, LPC ~  Statewide Program Director, ACCESS Mental Health CT ~  Beacon Health Options ~  500 Enterprise Drive, Suite 3D ~  Rocky Hill, CT 06067 ~  860-263-2095 ~  elizabeth.garrigan@beaconhealthoptions.com

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