CHH Center for Youth & Families

CHH Center for Youth and Families
Outpatient Treatment Services
50 LItchfield Street
Torrington, CT  06790
860-489-3391

Program Hours:

Services are available at the Center for Youth and Families during the following times:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays : 8:30-9pm
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30-8pm
  • Fridays: 8:30-5pm

The CHH Center for Youth and Families is a Child Advocacy Center and professional mental health service that assists children, adolescents and their families with emotional, behavioral, developmental, and family difficulties.

The Center’s approach is wide-ranging, beginning with a thorough and sensitive evaluation of the “whole” child in the context of the family, school and the community. To further this understanding, the Center Staff work closely with schools, guidance counselors, local area pediatricians and other community providers. Our out-patient program provided services to 874 children in 2010. There were a total of 11,457 visits in child services as a whole in 2010.

The Center’s interdisciplinary team includes professionals from the following disciplines:

  • Licensed Therapists
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Student interns from the above areas of study

The Center offers outpatient treatment in the areas of Individual, group, and family therapy and the use of evidence based models.

  • S.A.F.E.: (Supportive Assessments Fast and Effective) The assessment of crisis and urgent levels of care. Referrals made to the appropriate level of care for follow-up.
  • Charlotte’s Place: Services provide to the children and families who are victims of abuse. The Charlotte’s Place program provided victim services to approximately 210 children and families in 2010.
  • Connections: An innovative treatment program for Children and Families of children on the Autistic Spectrum.
  • Nuestra Comunidad: “Our Community” is a venture to provide quality, culturally specific services to our Spanish speaking community members.
  • Foster Care Clinic: Medical and behavioral health screenings and recommendations for all children placed into foster care in Northwestern Connecticut.
  • Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut. (C.A.I.T.): A multidisciplinary investigation team approach to the investigation of child abuse cases in NW CT. The Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut tracks approximately 75 cases annually and conducts approximately 60 forensic interviews a year.
  • Bridges Extended Day Treatment: A 5 day a week intensive group therapy program for children ages 6-12 experiencing behavioral, and or emotional challenges at home, school, and in the community. 

To make a referral call (860) 489-3391

What is a Child Advocacy Center?

Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) are child-focused, facility-based programs in which representatives from many disciplines work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions on cases of child abuse. CAC models for child abuse intervention are proven and effective, bringing together trained professionals to investigate and provide medical and mental healthcare as well as support to child victims of abuse.

More than 700 CACs are located across the country with services that generally include:

  • Forensic Interviewing Services
  • Forensic Medical Evaluations
  • Victim Advocacy and Support
  • Specialized Mental Health Services
  • Community Education and Outreach

What are the benefits of a CAC?

Benefits of a CAC include improved investigation and prosecution of serious physical and sexual abuse cases by coordination of all agencies involved and the use of a joint forensic interview. We also work to minimized trauma to the child victim by reduction of the number of contacts the child must have with the system. Additionally the CAC offers trauma- based mental health services to children and families.

Making a difference in our community

The Center for Youth and Families has been an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance since 1999 and services children and families throughout Northwest Connecticut. The Center provides an array of services including child abuse investigation coordination, a multidisciplinary team, forensic interviewing and out-patient therapy. Out-patient services include a Trauma Team, extensively trained in the evidenced based model, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

As an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance the Center for Youth and Families is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse and their family members.

As the accrediting agency for the Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child abuse victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with the National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

National Children’s Alliance (NCA) awards accredited membership based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. NCA updated these standards in 2010 to reflect the most recent evidence based practices in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention.

According to these standards accredited members must utilize a functioning and effective multidisciplinary Team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution, and treatment. NCA also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victims support and advocacy, medical evaluations, therapeutic intervention, and child focused setting.

“The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center for Youth and Families is to be commended for its excellent work in serving victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body of Child Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of the National Children’s Alliance.

For more information on Child Abuse Prevention Activities and Trainings, contact the Center for Youth and Families at 860-489-3391.

The Center for Youth and Families is partially funded by the Department of Children and Families, the Office of Victim Services and The National Children’s Alliance.