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CJR Awarded $50,000 Grant to Provide Mental and Behavioral Health Services
Posted 07/25/2016 09:19AM


        Daniel W. Rezende, Executive Director of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) recently announced that the organization has received a generous grant of $50,000 from The Diebold Foundation.  Through this grant, CJR has established a Wellness Center Crisis Fund to provide behavioral and mental health services for children and families who lack healthcare insurance, or have high deductible healthcare plans which would otherwise preclude their ability to obtain these services.  The grant will also enable CJR to provide services for young people and families in crisis who require in-home, in-school and in-community support services, which are not covered by insurance.  

        “This very generous grant from the Diebold Foundation is allowing CJR to help at-risk and disadvantaged children and families overcome barriers to receiving care,” stated Mr. Rezende.  He indicated that these barriers can include lack of transportation, inability to pay for a babysitter or for elder care if there are young children or older people living in a multi-generational family.  

        The Diebold Foundation grant also provides a way for CJR’s Wellness clinicians to offer wrap-around services for children, youth and families who cannot pay for basic needs causing interference with their treatment, such as medication, winter clothing and food.  As a result of the grant, CJR is now able to provide therapeutic and engagement incentives encouraging young people and families to achieve their treatment goals.  Grant funded services are currently being provided and are anticipated to extend through December 31, 2016, but will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

        It is estimated that more than 200 children, youth and families will be served by CJR’s Wellness Center Program in 2016.  The grant is focused on helping children and families who are served by CJR’s Wellness Centers in Danbury, Litchfield, Torrington and Waterbury during the 2016 calendar year according to Wellness Center Director Jennifer A. Grant, MSW, LCSW.  She noted that CJR helps a number of children from families with one or more parent in the United States Armed Forces.  CJR offers a “sliding scale” payment plan and many of these children, youth and families are eligible for assistance through the Diebold Foundation grant and will be able to obtain the enhanced care and services they need, thanks to this funding.

        “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide funding for the Connecticut Junior Republic Wellness Center,” stated Caitlin Diebold, Grants Administrator for the Diebold Foundation.  “Mental and behavioral health services are an invaluable component of a community and one that is often underfunded by federal and state agencies.  This is an incredibly important program that warrants our attention and dedication,” she said.

        The CJR Wellness Center opened officially in May of 2015.  Since then, the number of clients served has increased significantly, as has the number of children and families who are unable to pay for services. 

        “The Diebold Foundation grant will increase access to behavioral and mental health care for some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, youth and families,” stated Ms. Grant.  “It will also enable CJR to help those served improve their relationships, daily functioning and capacity to be productive and fulfilled members of their communities,” she continued.

        The CJR Wellness Center Program staff includes psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors who can help children and families address an array of issues, including those relating to substance abuse; behavior and conduct; family conflict; family mediation; developmental adjustment; school-related conflict; parenting; and trauma.

        Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they can become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  In the coming year, the organization’s combined programs will serve approximately 1,800 boys and girls in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.

        The Junior Republic conducts residential programs for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus.  Regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, which is located on its Litchfield campus.  Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided.

        CJR provides additional residential services for boys at its group home in Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls at its CARE Community Residential Program in Waterbury.  A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive home-based services, and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury.  Behavioral and mental health services are provided at many of the above locations, as well.

        A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on    Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division (CSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schoolsFor further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:

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



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