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Jennifer Grant Named Director of Behavioral Health Services at CJR
Posted 07/14/2017 10:53AM

Litchfield – Daniel W. Rezende, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR), has announced the promotion of Jennifer Grant, LCSW, to the position of Director of Behavioral Health Services for the agency.  Ms. Grant previously served as the Clinic Director for the Junior Republic’s Wellness Center Program since 2013, and has been employed by the organization since 2002, excelling in increasingly responsible positions since that time.

In her new position, Ms. Grant will oversee CJR’s growing Wellness Center Program, which she has played a key role in developing since its initial licensing in the autumn of 2013, as well as all behavioral and mental health services for the organization.  Ms. Grant’s recent accomplishments include the establishment of CJR’s Wellness Center Program, based in the Michael P. Mortara Family Center on CJR’s Litchfield Campus, and the expansion of outpatient psychiatric services in seven other locations across Connecticut, including Danbury, Manchester, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, Torrington and Waterbury; the development and implementation of a third-party reimbursement system; oversight of a multi-disciplinary team, which includes three psychiatrists and 20 licensed and license-eligible clinicians; obtaining grants to support and implement clinician training in evidence-based treatment models, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC); the development of an intern program for the organization; and the implementation of an Electronic Medical Record system for the Wellness Center Program.  Under Ms. Grant’s oversight, the number of youth and families served by CJR’s Wellness Center has nearly tripled over the past three years.

In conjunction with her position at CJR, Ms. Grant serves as adjunct faculty and teaches in the Masters of Social Work Programs at Fordham University, the University of Connecticut, St. Joseph University and Simmons College, and in the undergraduate program at Post University.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salve Regina University and a Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University.  A Licensed, Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Grant resides in Torrington with her husband and two daughters. 

“Jennifer Grant is respected for her ability to bring professionals within the organization and in the community together to provide the best quality of care for children, youth and families,” observed Mr. Rezende. “Her dedication, passion and commitment to the mission of the Connecticut Junior Republic are always present,” he continued.  “She is committed to achieving excellence, and her creativity and dedication to providing services that truly meet the needs of those we serve distinguish her at the Junior Republic and in her field,” he stated.

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 may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve nearly 2,000 boys and girls annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.

The Junior Republic conducts three 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 homes in Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls in Waterbury.  A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive, home-based service and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s community locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury.  Behavioral and mental health services are provided at most 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 schools.  For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:

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



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