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Health & Human Services

What We do
The Health and Human Services Commission is the combination of the Commission for the Aging, Youth Commission and the Board of Human Services. The Commission develops and coordinates information concerning all age groups, analyzes the services and programs provided by federal and state agencies and assists in applying them to New Canaan residents. They generate community focus to evaluate and create quality programs that best meet the changing needs of the population and establish policies and procedures which assist the residents in need of critical necessities such as food, shelter, safety, and health services. (including mental and physical health). The Commission also makes recommendations to the Selectman regarding the development of new programs for unmet needs. All these help develop a proactive and supportive community, which encourages responsibility and fosters a safe, healthy, well balanced life.

Dr. Harrison Pierce, Chairman 
Alyssa MacKenzie, Secretary 
Tom Ferguson 
Jim Lisher  
Russell Barksdale, Jr.
Jennifer Hladick
Barb Achenbaum
Peter Campbell
Raquel Harrison

You may contact the Health and Human Services Commission by e-mail at


The Health and Human Services Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 8:45 am. The meetings are held in the Health and Human Services conference room . 

For Schedule of Meetings, Agendas & Minutes click the link below.  

Schedule of Meetings, Agendas & Minutes 

If meeting minutes or agendas do not appear on this Web site, please contact the relevant board, commission or committee. Do not contact the webmaster of this site. For the Board of Health and Human Services, you may send e-mail to