80 Prospect Street
Waterbury,CT 06702

Telephone: (203) 757-9939
Fax: (203) 756-9922


Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach/Assertive Continuing Care (A-CRA/ACC) Program

Funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the A-CRA/ACC Program serves children and families referred by the funding agency, the Waterbury Courts and by local schools.  Families may also self-refer to this program.  CJR’s A-CRA/ACC Program is an evidence-based outpatient substance abuse treatment program providing 90 days of clinical-based recovery (A-CRA) followed by 90 days of community-based recovery.  Serving 100 young people annually, ages 12 to 17, the A-CRA/ACC model provides a combination of office and home-based services that focus on the unique needs of the youth and families served.  

Click here to access the A-CRA/ACC Referral Form.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Arroyo, MSW, LADC, Clinical Supervisor:  jarroyo@cjryouth.org

Child, Youth and Family Support Center (CYFSC)

CJR’s Child, Youth and Family Support Center (CYFSC) provides services to juveniles with delinquency charges and status offenses, such as running away, truancy, breaking school rules and otherwise acting out.  Funded by the Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division (CSSD), the CYFSC incorporates research and evidence-based programs and services.  Service delivery by highly qualified and trained staff ensures positive outcomes.  Program services range from assessment to more intensive support, including multi-modal, center-based care.  Assistance to participating children, youth and families is provided as needed and may include crisis intervention, clinical assessment, family mediation, individual therapy, case management, educational advocacy, substance abuse treatment, support groups for parents, gender-specific, psycho-educational and skills-based groups, trauma-informed groups, cognitive behavioral interventions, anger management groups, as well as life skills, job readiness and vocational training, and aftercare following discharge from the program.  A critical component of CJR’s Child, Youth and Family Support Centers is the focus on providing strength-based, “wrap-around” services to meet the needs of the entire family.  Average length of services is four months but the program is designed to meet the needs of individual families and involvement with the CYFSC may be shorter or longer, depending upon the needs of each family.

For more information, please contact Melitza Velez, MSW, Program Director:  mvelez@cjryouth.org

Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment (FREE) Program

The Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment (FREE) Program in Waterbury is provided through funding from the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  The FREE Program offers re-entry support to adolescents, ages 15 to 19, who have been committed to DCF as delinquent and who are returning to their communities from out-of-home placements, including public and private congregate care treatment settings, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS) and youth correctional settings.  Services begin while a young person is in congregate care and continue based on individual needs.  Daily programming focuses on an array of services which contribute to the adolescent's well-being and fosters growth in all areas of functioning, including the development of social skills, life skills, vocational skills, educational assistance and employment.  Services accommodate a range of ages, but emphasize career development and independent living.  This program has a capacity of 40 youth at any given time.  

For more information, please contact Brian Smith, BA, Program Coordinator:  bsmith@cjryouth.org

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) Program

CJR’s Waterbury MDFT Program accepts referrals from the Danbury, Torrington and Waterbury Courts (DCF Region 5), and is funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  The program identifies risk factors and provides strength-based practices to develop and initiate strategies to offset and eliminate both substance abuse and anti-social patterns of behavior among the youngsters being served and their families.  Services are offered for a 12-month period and although each phase of treatment has specific parameters, clients may move between phases as their specific life situation presents changes and challenges.  Unique to this model is a parental substance abuse and HIV prevention curriculum.  This program serves approximately 30 children and families annually. 

For more information, please contact Sandra Arguelles, MFT, Supervisor:  sarguelles@cjryouth.org

Success Always Follows Education/ Teen Pregnancy Prevention (SAFE/TPP) Program

Funded by the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), CJR’s Waterbury Success Always Follows Education/Teen Pregnancy Prevention (SAFE/TPP) Program serves up to 60 middle and high school boys and girls by providing education and tutoring programs that offer alternatives to teen parenthood, while stressing abstinence, responsible behavior, careers and vocational training.  The program features family life education, vocational classes and a summer work-based learning experience.  All youth enter the program as sixth grade students and continue through 12th grade. 

For more information, please contact Kristal Lewis, Program Coordinator: klewis@cjryouth.org

Wellness Center

The Connecticut Junior Republic’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Center provides behavioral health services for children, youth and families at many CJR locations across the state.

Staffed by skilled clinicians, Wellness Center resources include psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors, who are equipped to help children, youth and families address an array of concerns, including substance abuse issues; family conflict; family mediation issues; developmental adjustment issues; school related and parenting issues; and trauma-related issues.

The CJR staff is trained to work with particularly challenging at-risk and special needs children and youth and their families, and a number of clinicians are certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). 

Referrals may be made directly by the individuals seeking services; through a CJR program or service; or by other organizations in the community.  Click here for a referral form.  

For more information, please contact Jennifer Grant, MSW, LCSW,
Wellness Center Director: jgrant@cjryouth.org


CARE Community Residential Program

The CARE Community Residential Program provides brief, transitional respite care in a staff-secure, homelike environment, for girls in crisis who may or may not be court-ordered to attend the program.  This respite period allows for a rapid and critical assessment of the child and their family to determine their needs; stabilization of any crisis situations; and comprehensive aftercare planning.  The goal of the CARE Program is to return each girl back to her home and community environment with an aftercare plan.  This plan may include community-based or in-home treatment modalities, designed to prevent further involvement with the Juvenile Justice System. 

For more information, please contact Cassandra M. Reyes, MSW, LCSW, Program Supervisor: creyes@cjryouth.org

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  • Litchfield, CT 06759
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