In Home Mental Health Services

–  Caregiver Support Team

Caregiver Support Team (CST) is an intensive, home-based program, supporting relative caregivers of children who have been placed in a DCF kinship or special study home.

This DCF funded program aims to prevent disruption of foster care placements and increase stability and  permanency by providing timely, in-home therapeutic interventions.

Referrals are made through DCF and can remain open for 6 months. Pre-adoptive homes may qualify for services with additional approval from DCF

+  Child First

Child First develops nurturing, consistent, and responsive parent-child relationships. 

Child First is a national, evidence-based, two generation model that works with very vulnerable young children and families, providing intensive, home-based services.

When young children grow up in environments where there is violence, neglect, mental illness or substance abuse, the stress can be toxic to their developing brains. But we can intervene to prevent this damage. Scientific research demonstrates that we can make a difference if we:

  • Work to connect families to needed community-based services to decrease the stress, and
  • Build strong, loving, parent-child relationships that protect and heal the brain from trauma and stress. Our goal is a young brain focused on learning rather than a brain focused on survival.

+  Fit Kids

Fit Kids is an 8-week multidisciplinary program in conjunction with Danbury Hospital and the YMCA designed to support parents and their children as they work towards a healthier lifestyle. Through physical education, nutrition and behavioral support, families receive the expertise they need to begin their journey towards healthy behaviors and lifestyles.  
Program Basics
Fit FamilyFamily & Children’s Aid Life is Good Play Makers™ Program uses the power of play to transform children into enthusiastic players in the game of life so that they can reach their full potential and successfully meet life’s biggest challenges. Playmakers helps kids increase their self-esteem and to develop self-control and persistence. Play is how children form healthy attachments, discover the world around them, and develop a foundation of competence, self-worth, and joy that can impact them for a lifetime.
The Regional YMCA provides nutritional education. Parents and children attend Nutrition sessions which will cover label reading, portion control, how to build a healthy plate and hidden sugars. The children and parents practice newly learned nutrition skills at home. The Nutrition portion of the program also includes a consultation with a Registered Dietitian.  
The Regional YMCA also provides Physical Activity through bi-weekly fitness sessions and a FREE 12-week fitness membership to the YMCA. Children receive 45 minutes of physical activity with a trained Fitness Specialist from the YMCA. Through games and exercises, children learn that being active can be fun and become more confident in their abilities outside of the program. Some weeks activities include both parents and children.  

At this time the program is accepting referrals of children ages 9 to 12 years of age.  

In order to participate in the program, parents must accompany their children to the weekly sessions and be willing to be active participants. 

Children who are obese have a greater chance of becoming obese adults. In addition, children who are obese have a greater risk of the following: 

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep Problems
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem

If you are concerned about your child’s weight and whether he or she may be at risk for obesity, speak to your child’s physician to learn more about this program and to get a referral. 

+  Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS)

IICAPS is an intensive, home-based treatment program designed by the Yale Child Study Center for children who have psychiatric disorders and whose families need assistance maintaining their child at home safely. Utilizing a community-based approach a clinical team, consisting of a master level clinician and a bachelor level mental health worker, works with the child, family and school system to stabilize and support child in the home. Children appropriate for IICAPS have experienced psychiatric hospitalization, at-risk for residential placement or hospitalization, or in need of a higher level of support than traditional outpatient treatment can provide. Services are provided in-home, multiple times each week over a six-month period.  

+  Multi-Disciplinary Investigation Team (MIT)

Multi-Disciplinary Investigation Team (MIT) is made up of a group of professionals from varying disciplines working together on cases involving criminal level child sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and neglect. Team members are trained specialist who meet regularly to discuss individual cases, identify system needs, work cooperatively to improve the investigation and possible prosecution of cases, and to protect the children from further trauma.

+  Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is an evidence based in-home family therapy program developed for adolescents (ages 9-18) with substance abuse and/or related behavioral and emotional difficulties. A broad intervention addressing all domains of the youth's environment, MDFT focuses first on individual therapy for the adolescent and the parent(s), then whole family engagement which may extend to include people from other areas of the adolescent’s life like peers, teachers, or juvenile justice representatives. Clinicians work with the adolescent and family for 3 to 6 months to improve family functioning, reduce symptoms, and enhance problem solving skills in order to promote positive long-term change.

+  Parenting Support Services

Parenting Support Services is a home-based program that helps young people develop emotional self-regulation skills through positive parenting skill development, teaches caregivers to be resourceful problem solvers.

The program ranges from "light-touch" parenting help to highly targeted interventions for at-risk families. In addition, program staff educate caregivers about additional community resources available to them.

+  Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time (RTFT)

An evidence-informed program funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the families of children in out-of-home placements or foster care. RTFT aids DCF in determining family readiness for reunification, coaches parents/primary caregivers on parenting skills, and works with the child, biological family and foster family as a team to support a healthy, successful transition and achieve a higher rate of reunification permanency.

+  Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is a high level of foster care that is provided to children who have experienced trauma and are in need of a home. TFC serves children between the ages of 6 and 17 years old needing a foster care placement to offer stability and security because their biological families are unable to fully provide for them. Family and Children's Aid licenses homes for Foster/Adoptive Care and Short-term Respite Care. FCA places these children within a safe, supportive and nurturing family environment that offers a child the greatest chance of success.  FCA Foster Care families receive comprehensive training and 24/7 support to help manage a child successfully. We utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that values the child's unique potential emphasizing innovative programming, teamwork, and clinical excellence. A Therapeutic Foster Parent is part of the child's team of professionals who are working together to help a child succeed.

+  Torrington Foster Care and Adoption Support Group

A monthly, facilitated support group for post-license foster and adoptive families in the greater Torrington area. Training, guidance, support, education, information and social events are offered. Free childcare is provided for children up to age 18 with food, play supplies, and a forum for socialization while the foster parents meet.