Lakes Region Mental Health Center (LRMHC), is a private, non-profit organization designated by the State of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties in New Hampshire. Founded in 1966, LRMHC provides comprehensive, integrated mental health treatment for people living with – and recovering from – mental illness and/or emotional distress. In Fiscal Year 2021, LRMHC’s 200 employees served 3,956 children, adults, older adults and families and provided $284,000 in charity care.

Core programs include: counseling & mental health services for children and adults, psychiatric emergency services, addiction treatment and recovery, residential and employment programs for adults, neurocognitive services for older adults and community wellness education. Evidence-based models of treatment guide all of our work, and we are committed to our mission of providing quality, accessible and integrated behavioral and physical health care services. Recovery is possible.

We work in partnership with other healthcare providers, hospitals, law enforcement, corrections, courts, school districts, social workers and public health officials. We provide a continuum of care for our patients and improve the quality of life in the Lakes Region.



Lakes Region Mental Health Center’s mission is to provide integrated mental and physical health care for people with mental illness while creating wellness and understanding in our communities.


Lakes Region Mental Health Center is the community leader in providing quality, accessible and integrated mental and physical health care services, delivered with dedication and compassion.



Respect: We conduct our business and provide services with respect and professionalism.

Advocacy: We advocate for those we serve through enhanced collaborations, community relations and political action.

Integrity: We work with integrity and transparency, setting a moral compass for the agency.

Stewardship: We are effective stewards of our resources for our clients and our agency’s health.

Excellence: We are committed to excellence in all programming and services.

Diversity: We are dedicated to providing a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for everyone, where all voices are heard and diversity is celebrated.


Lakes Region Mental Health Center serves Belknap and southern Grafton county in New Hampshire.

Towns: Alexandria, Alton, Ashland, Barnstead, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Center Harbor, Ellsworth, Gilford, Gilmanton, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, New Hampton, Plymouth, Rumney, Sanbornton, Thornton, Tilton, & Wentworth.

LRMHC offices are located in Laconia and Plymouth.


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Chief Executive Officer

Margaret Pritchard

Chief Financial Officer

Sunshine Fisk

Chief MEDICAL Officer

Dr. Vladimir Jelnov

Chief clinical officer

Charlotte Hassett

Chief quality officer

Christine Alvarez

Chief Human resources officer

Sue Drolet

Chief information officer

Steve Blongy

Director of development & Public Relations

Bethanie Vachon

Director of acute services

Kimberly Goldberg

Director of substance use disorder services

Chelsea Lemke

Director of Neurological treatment and service access

Alison O'Neill

Director of Community Services

Daniel Ventola

Director of Child and family

Jen Schmidt

Director of residential support services

Celyne Godbout


President, Laconia

Laura LeMien

Vice President, Laconia

Peter Minkow

Treasurer, GILMANTON

Kyril Mitchell

Secretary, Laconia

Rev. Judith Wright


Patricia Bailey


Erin Crangle


Kim Di Salvo

New Hampton

Deborah Pendergast


Marsha Bourdon


Gloria Thorington


Ann Nichols


Steven Orton


Matt Soza


Jannine Sutcliffe


Kaitlyn Salome

Committee Member, Laconia

Jerry Fleischman

Committee Member, concord

Karen LaSella

Committee Member, Laconia

Holly Ruggieri

Committee Member,Gilford

Lauren benson

Committee Member, sanbornton

amy Gregoire

Committee Member,Gilford

Julia Hirshan Hart


Copays are expected at time of service. LRMHC accepts most major medical insurances, Medicaid, Medicare and offers a sliding fee scale for patients who meet financial guidelines. We also offer assistance regarding application of benefits.

LRMHC provides services to diverse and minority populations including LGBTQ+ groups and individual therapy. Language Interpreter Services are available. All client information shared with LRHMC is kept confidential within the limits of the law. LRMHC does not discriminate according to age, sex, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.

Copays & Insurances

Copays are expected at time of service. LRMHC accepts most major medical insurances, Medicaid, Medicare and offers a sliding fee scale for patients who meet financial guidelines. We also offer assistance regarding application of benefits.

Diversity & Inclusion

LRMHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including primary language), disability, age, religion, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), in accordance with the Title VI Act of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

LRMHC will make reasonable modifications to its policies and procedures upon request.

LRMHC provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as: qualified sign language interpreters, written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats), and language services to people whose primary language is not English.

If you want to request modifications or request any of these services, contact us at 603-524-1100.