550 Goshen Road
P.O. Box 161
Litchfield, CT 06759
Telephone: (860) 567- 9423
Fax: (860) 567-8127

For Wellness Center inquiries:

Telephone: 1-855-4CJRWELL or (860) 618-2825
Fax: (860) 618-2824

education services:

Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center (CAVEC)

Located on the Connecticut Junior Republic's Litchfield campus, the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center (CAVEC) is a private, special education school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Regular, special, vocational and alternative education, as well as enhancement classes and transition and related services are provided for up to 74 boys, ages 9 to 21.

Just 2.5 miles north of the Center of Litchfield on Route 63, CJR's 150-acre rural campus is situated in the scenic rolling hills of Litchfield County and includes a working farm, acres of agricultural and playing fields, a stocked pond fed by the Bantam River, and both indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.

The Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center is approximately one hour from Danbury, Hartford and New Haven, and one half-hour from Waterbury. For directions, please click here.

residential and community services:

Adolescent Male Intermediate Residential (AMIR) Program

The Connecticut Junior Republic’s AMIR Program for young men referred by the court system is located on its Litchfield campus. Funded by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD), the AMIR Program uses a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment model to reduce future delinquent activity. Treatment and therapeutic resources address risk factors identified through the assessment process, while simultaneously coordinating comprehensive reentry

In addition to providing in-house services, the program staff also works to enhance protective factors and to connect adolescents to community networks. This is achieved by ensuring engagement and connection with the family and by identifying community networks that can support, promote and sustain positive and ongoing behavior change. Referrals to community resources may include behavioral health, mental health/clinical services, family-based interventions (such as MST, MST-FIT, MST-EA, FFT, etc.), youth employment programs and/or prosocial activities and connections in the adolescent’s natural community.

The program has the capacity for eight youth and the length of stay for each adolescent may vary, as discharge from the program is determined by goal attainment and coordinated with the program staff and referral sources. The average length of stay is four months. The AMIR Program fully utilizes the outstanding educational and recreational resources on CJR’s Litchfield campus and all students attend school at the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center.

For more information, please contact Sara Fador LCSW, Program Director:

Connecticut Junior Republic Residential Program (CJRRP)

Funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Junior Republic Residential Program (CJRRP) is a four-month residential program for committed delinquent male youth, ages 14 to 18, who have mild to moderate substance abuse treatment needs and may also have co-occurring mental health disorders. Designed to decrease recidivism and criminal activity; decrease substance use dependence; improve educational functioning and mental health; and increase stability and overall family functioning by incorporating the principles of Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) into all aspects of each youth’s treatment experience, the CJRRP opened in July of 2016.

Based in the newly-renovated Hartford Cottage on CJR’s Litchfield campus, this program provides intensive integrated mental health and therapeutic substance abuse services for enrolled youth. CJRRP participants attend the Junior Republic’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center and benefit from all of the educational, recreational and therapeutic resources located on the organization’s 150-acre rural Litchfield campus.

Using MDFT allows for an evidence and research-based model to be combined with life skills training and prosocial activities to enhance residential programming. CJRRP staff work extensively with boys and their families to ensure re-engagement and connection to family, community, and other support networks. The program also coordinates intensive and comprehensive aftercare services for enrolled youth. Services provided by the CJRRP include screening, comprehensive assessment, case management (including case planning and discharge planning), individual therapeutic services provided by an MDFT therapist, family therapeutic services provided by an MDFT therapist, psycho-educational and cognitive behavioral groups (such as Boys’ Council), education and vocational services, social and independent living skills, prosocial and recreational activities.

For more information, please contact Christine Jaffer, LCSW, Director of Residential Services:

Therapeutic Respite and Assessment Center (TRAC)

The Therapeutic Respite and Assessment Center (TRAC) is located on CJR’s Litchfield campus and serves up to eight adolescent boys referred by the Court System, ages 14 to 17, for one to three months, depending on their needs. Students attend school at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center and benefit from all the resources on CJR’s Litchfield campus. Residential services include individual and family therapy that is designed to enhance protective factors, increase affective bonds and de-escalate crisis situations.

The TRAC Program involves families in programming from the beginning of each boy’s enrollment. Motivational skills are used to prepare participating youth and families for each young man’s return home and to ensure continued participation in support services that are arranged prior to a boy’s return to his community. Services in the community begin immediately upon discharge from the TRAC Program and may include an additional three to six months of intensive home-based, family-focused care, such as Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), which CJR provides through its community-based programs in Danbury and Torrington.

For more information, please contact Eva Audia, LCSW, Program Director:

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 (TFCBT).

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:

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

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