CNNH Partners with Council Capital


A word from our founder:

“From humble beginnings in 2005, it has been our privilege to serve individuals and families nationally and internationally, providing answers and changing lives. Our vision of creating a unique, collaborative approach to evaluating, diagnosing and treating individuals with neurological, developmental, learning, cognitive and behavioral concerns has been transformative for so many patients and their families, as expressed in their success stories.

As our mission has developed, the needs of our patients and their families have driven our innovation and growth. To further our vision and mission, it is vital that we develop strategic partnerships for expanding our services and to meet the necessities and desires of a growing population with special needs.

That is why, with great enthusiasm, I am proud to announce that CNNH NeuroHealth has partnered with Council Capital, a healthcare-focused private equity firm based in Nashville. Council Capital recognizes the value CNNH’s model of care brings to a complex health care landscape that often neglects those with special needs. Thus, the goals and purposes of CNNH NeuroHealth and Council Capital are aligned to innovate, expand and enhance services to a wider array of patient populations and locations. This exciting partnership will provide much needed resources, expertise and relations needed to achieve our long-term goals and aspirations.

This is an exciting time and important historical milestone for CNNH NeuroHealth, as we will be able to better serve and assist our patients, their families, and the broader community. Stay tuned for updates on expanded programs, new services, and additional team members, and how CNNH NeuroHealth will continue to transform patient care.”

Best regards,

Mark Mintz, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer and Founder of CNNH NeuroHealth



Article: How Creative Arts Can Help Dealing w/ Mental Illness

How Creative Arts Can Change the Way People Deal with Mental Illness
by Aneri Pattani, Posted: November 5, 2018

Excerpt courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer…



A crack in the wall. Most people wouldn’t even notice it. But for Danielle Hark, it was a spark of inspiration.

Six months after giving birth to her first daughter in 2010, Hark, a writer and photographer from Millburn, N.J., fell into a severe depression. Getting out of bed became impossible. Anxiety struck whenever she considered leaving the house. Thoughts of suicide loomed.

One day in the shower, she suddenly felt she couldn’t breathe. “I thought I was dying,” she recalled. “I didn’t need to kill myself because I was about to be dead.”

Hark reached for her phone to call for help, but accidentally snapped a photo instead. Then she noticed the crack and thought, “That would make a good picture.”

“Just that one thought and just that one breath helped me to become more present,” she said.

Photography didn’t cure her depression, but it started her on a journey of recovery — one that she continues today. Taking photographs gets her out of the house, engaging with the world around her, and transforming things that some see as ugly — crumbling paint, cracks in a sidewalk — into art.

Hark has founded a website for photographers affected by mental illness, hoping to raise awareness and encourage others to document their recovery. On Nov. 10, she’ll be sharing her story at the debut of a chamber music ensemble focused on mental health.

It’s one of a growing number of creative endeavors that are bringing mental health center stage. Most of these initiatives — from theater performances to local art shows — aim to create awareness. But for those with mental illness, such as Hark, who stand at the center of these works as performers and creators, the process becomes a path to healing. It’s not a cure, but it provides a sense of control over their lives that can sometimes feel lost.

Research shows that engaging in creative-arts therapy — which can include visual arts, dance, theater, and poetry — can reduce pain and anxiety, help people cope with depression and trauma, and aid in treatments for addiction.

Performing in a play or taking photos is not the same as taking part in creative-arts therapy, said Rachel Brandoff, coordinator of the art-therapy specialization in counseling at Thomas Jefferson University, but “it’s a parallel process in many ways.” Creative-arts therapy involves a trained professional who guides and interprets the work. But engaging in a creative work on one’s own can still help people find purpose, better understand their emotions, and connect with others.

“People can have a really powerful and transformative experience even if it’s not therapy,” Brandoff said.

Over the years, Hark has used…