Serving the Middletown Courts/ located in Meriden 


43 Church Street
Meriden, CT 06451

Telephone: (203) 440-4622
Fax: (203) 440-4625


Linking Youth to Natural Communities (LYNC)

CJR's Linking Youth to Natural Communities (LYNC) program provides services to court-involved boys and girls, and their families, to assist them in making sustainable behavioral changes that will reduce future court involvement.  Funded by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD), the LYNC program is based on a three-phase system and designed to identify needs, select relevant services, and focus on establishing community connections that will provide ongoing support after program completion.  LYNC also prepares young people to enter the workforce by teaching soft employment skills, such as time management and interviewing techniques, and helps participating young people explore volunteer and internship opportunities within their communities.  The average length of service is six months but may vary based on the individual needs of the youth and their families.  All staff have completed intensive trainings in several evidence-based treatment modalities, and a number of CJR's clinicians speak Spanish to ensure that language is not a barrier to the provision of service. 

For more information, please contact Noemi Rivera, MA, LPC: nrivera@cjryouth.org

Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

CJR’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS), and is provided for Meriden middle and high school students, ages 12 to 17, with a capacity of 50 students at any given time.  This program consists of three interrelated components: supervised community service; group discussions; and activities related to key social and developmental tasks of adolescence.  In each program component, youth work in small groups with a facilitator.  Values, human growth and development, relationships, and dealing with family stress and issues relating to the social and emotional transition from adolescence to adulthood are discussed.  In these sessions, participating boys and girls develop communication and decision-making skills.  Service learning projects are developed with input from students and are then implemented within their home environments.  These projects combine education and community service and empower young people to be successful.  Program services are provided in the Meriden Public Schools.

For more information, please contact Joanne Medina, Program Coordinator: jmedina@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, Director of Behavioral Health Services: jgrant@cjryouth.org

  • Connecticut Junior Republic
  • 550 Goshen Road, P.O. Box 161
  • Litchfield, CT 06759
  • (860) 567-9423
  • info@cjryouth.org

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