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

ASSERT Treatment Model (ATM)

The ASSERT (Access, Screening and Engagement, Recovery Support and Treatment) Treatment Model (ATM) serves adolescents and families referred by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  Probation, the courts, families, schools, and any other community agency may refer to this program.  ATM assists youth who are using, or may be using, opioid drugs by providing comprehensive services to address this use and by promoting on-going recovery.  CJR’s ATM is an evidence-based outpatient substance abuse treatment program offering support through a continuum of services for young people and their families, including Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) and access to Medication Assisted Treatment, if required.  Following treatment, ATM offers 12 months of Recovery Management Check-ups and Support (RMCS) and at least 90 days of Recovery support sessions, with frequency determined on a case-by-case basis. Serving adolescents ages 16 to 21, ATM provides personalized services that cater to the needs of the youth and families served.

For more information, please contact Sandra Arguelles, MDFT Supervisor: sarguelles@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 (JBCSSD), 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

Effective Practices in Community Support for Influencers (EPICS-I)

Developed by the University of Cincinnati, the Community Connector Organization (CCO) EPICS-I is an evidence-based model designed for individuals and organizations to reduce recidivism, increase positive social interactions and interests, and build and strengthen communication and problem-solving skills in high and very high risk youth.  CJR’s EPICS-I Program serves young people who are involved in the juvenile justice system and reside in Waterbury.  As part of the program, CJR staff and other professionals, including probation officers and DCF social workers, collaborate with the youth and his/her family to identify a prosocial person who will be trained as an influencer in the young person’s life.  EPICS-I model training includes identification of risk situations; identifying and redirecting risky thinking; use of structured skill building; teaching problem-solving skills; building relationships and using effective reinforcement and effective disapproval.  Influencers and youth are assisted by CJR coaches who are trained in nationally recognized core correctional practices and in teaching the EPICS-I Model.  The CJR coaches also facilitate community assistance and provide oversight of the EPICS-I Model for the influencer.

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

Fostering Responsibility Education and Employment (FREE) Program

The Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment (FREE) Program in New Britain is provided through funding from the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  The FREE Program offers re-entry support to adolescents, ages 12 to 17, 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 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 52 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

CJR’s Success Always Follows Education (SAFE) Program is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS), and is provided for Waterbury middle and high school students, ages 12 to 17, with a capacity of 50 students at any given time.  This program was the Teen Outreach Program model and 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 at CJR's Waterbury Community Program.  CJR raises funds to provide a work-based learning summer program for qualified applicants associated with the SAFE Program.

For more information please contact Kristal Lewis, Program Coordinator:  kristallewis@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

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