NORWICH — Mayor Deb Hinchey has accepted the position of vice president of behavioral health services at United Community & Family Services and will start Aug. 22, while continuing to serve out her term as the city’s mayor.
Hinchey will bring her 30 years of experience as a behavioral health therapist and manager to the nonprofit UCFS, the Norwich-based organization said in its announcement Monday morning. UCFS provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 18,000 people throughout southeastern Connecticut.
“We are excited to add Deb to our leadership team. Her expertise as a licensed clinical social worker, leader and advocate will complement our team,” UCFS President and CEO Jennifer Granger said.
Hinchey, a former board member of UCFS, will be responsible for the behavioral health division, including its five outpatient behavioral health sites and more than a dozen community-based behavioral health programs. She will also represent UCFS on regional and statewide committees and councils.
“I’m thrilled with the position,” she said Monday.
Hinchey, 64, earned her master of social work degree from UConn in 1997 and is a licensed clinical social worker.
“I am committed to completing my term and fulfilling my responsibilities as mayor of Norwich while I transition to my new role with UCFS,” Hinchey said. “UCFS has been flexible and we’ve created a schedule that will allow me to do both jobs until my term as mayor is completed.”
She will continue to work on economic development in the city as well as serve as Vice-chairman of the Southeastern Connecticut…
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