USI logoColleen Harrington, LCSW, MBA, Returns to United Services, Inc.

Dayville, CT –  United Services is proud to announce that effective Friday, April 28, Colleen Harrington, LCSW, MBA will begin serving as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Services, Inc., Northeast Connecticut’s non-profit community behavioral health center. Ms. Harrington previously served in numerous senior management positions with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).  As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Services, Ms. Harrington will provide oversight and leadership for United Services’ clinical programs as well as the health center’s integrated wellness and community support services.

Ms. Harrington spent much of her early career at United Services, starting as a Child Advocate in the Domestic Violence Program, and eventually becoming Program Manager. She also worked as a clinician in the Child Guidance Clinic and from 2001 to 2007 served as Division Director for Continuing Care Services.  Since 2007, Ms. Harrington has been working at DMHAS in several positions, most recently in the Office of the Commissioner as Director of the Managed Services Division.  Ms. Harrington completed her Master in Social Work (MSW) at UCONN School of Social work in 1995 and her Master in Business Administration at the University of Hartford in 2005.

“Colleen returns to United Services with a wealth of experience, including her expertise in new models of patient-focused care such as the development of the state Behavioral Health Home initiative to integrate primary healthcare and wellness support for the clients we serve,” said Diane L. Manning, President/CEO of United Services.  “On behalf of our Board, Staff and the community we serve, we couldn’t be more pleased to have Colleen come ‘home’ to United Services!”

In her role with DMHAS, Ms. Harrington was integral to the design and presided over the statewide implementation of the DMHAS Behavioral Health Homes, and the implementation of Access to Recovery (ATR) IV, a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant that DMHAS received consecutively for four rounds. In her new role with United Services, Ms. Harrington will oversee the agency’s Clinical, Early Intervention, Community Support and Intensive Services Divisions.