CHCS Dedicates CSU
June 10, 2016

On Friday, June 10, 2016, Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS) dedicated its adult crisis residential program in memorial to Tom Lynn. Tom Lynn held a MSW degree from Columbia University. He was employed at CHCS for 23 years. Tom was instrumental in leading the development of mental health services, especially crisis services. The decision to honor Tom by renaming the adult crisis residential program in his honor was an easy decision to make according to Dale Hamilton, Executive Director. "We decided to honor Tom in this way as it symbolizes the fulfillment of his professional work which was guided by his strong heart" said Hamilton.

The crisis residential program is an 8 bed, short-term stay facility, that provides a supported level of care to assist individuals who are experiencing a crisis situation. It operates as part of CHCS’ crisis service continuum under the tenets of:

  • People in crisis and their families are treated with dignity and respect regardless of the extent and nature of the crisis.
  • People in crisis and, where appropriate, their families, have the right to receive accurate and complete information and to participate fully in the decision-making process.
  • Crisis intervention and crisis prevention are closely linked. Any intervention into a crisis situation provides an opportunity for the person in crisis to improve his/her long-term ability to handle crisis. This program seeks, through a strength-based perspective, to empower people so that they can make more informed and independent judgments about their own lives.
  • Services and supports are provided in community settings whenever possible.
  • People in crisis need to have continuity in their lives and in their relationships.
  • Crisis services are intended to, whenever possible, safely maintain a person in his/her home and community.

Tom embodied these tenets, and he worked tirelessly to promote high quality services. CHCS is thrilled that, from this day forward, every person who enters the crisis residential doors will come to know the person behind this great resource. Tom’s wife Laren and his children Taylor, Erin and Maggie, uncovered the sign to officially designate the program as the Thomas T. Lynn Safe Harbour Crisis Unit.

CHCS Mission

Community Health and Counseling Services will provide community health services that are needed and valued by the communities and individuals we serve.