Each resident’s Individualized Treatment Plan incorporates evidence-based clinical and experiential modalities, plus academic support, to create long-term, sustainable healing.

All referrals to CJR’s residential programs are made by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD) or by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

CJR offers programs that meet individuals where they’re at, depending on the level of care they need, and offers the following residential treatment programs:

Adolescent Male Immediate Residential (AMIR) Program

CJR’s AMIR program integrates dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) into its framework of services and is designed to engage boys, aged 12 to 18 years, and their families in working collaboratively during the four-month treatment period. This residential program is designed to decrease substance use, improve mental health and emotional regulation skills, and decrease delinquent activity so residents may return to their homes and communities as quickly as possible.

Re-Entry, Goal-oriented, Individualized Opportunity to Nurture Success (REGIONS) Program

The REGIONS program is located at CJR’s Waterbury campus and provides residential treatment, including clinical, educational, vocational, and recreational services for boys, aged 14 to 18 years, and their families. Over the course of six months of treatment, the REGIONS program is designed to identify specific goals and implement individualized services for each resident to promote a successful return to his home and community.

Community Diversion and Respite Center (CDRC) program

The Community Diversion and Respite Center (CDRC) program is located in two separate buildings on CJR’s 150-acre Litchfield campus. The program seeks to enhance educational functioning, explore mental health concerns, increase stability, and improve overall family functioning for male youth involved in the juvenile court system. Community Diversion (CD) includes up to 120 days of treatment with an 8-bed capacity. Respite Center (RC) is a 30-day program with a 6-bed capacity. All youth referred to CDRC are between the ages of 13 and 17.

Winchester Group Home

CJR’s Therapeutic Group Home in Winchester provides a home-like residence and a physically, emotionally, and psychologically safe environment for up to five adolescent boys, aged 13 to 21 years, with complex needs, all of whom are working toward more independent living. In this family atmosphere, boys can reach appropriate developmental milestones and progress toward more independent living — gaining the skills necessary to negotiate a healthy living environment.

Transitional Living Program

CJR’s Transitional Living Program in Wethersfield is a voluntary program designed to support young males from 17-21 in building a new life outside the criminal justice system. This physically, emotionally, and psychologically safe environment offers rent-free housing for up to two years teaching skills to enable independent living, offering opportunities to complete education and develop a trade, and providing financial guidance to support the transition to independent living. All potential candidates must apply, interview, and be accepted into the program.

CJR’s Residential Programs FAQ

How does a teen get referred to the program?

All referrals to CJR’s residential programs are made by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD) or by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Residents are provided with either a single or double room accommodation. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and students are welcome to decorate their rooms. We want our students to feel at home during their stay at CJR.

What can I bring to the residential facility?

Residents may bring their own clothing, shoes, and toiletries. In addition, residents are welcome to bring personal items such as photographs and books.

How long will a resident stay in the program?

This varies by program and by student need. A resident’s stay lasts from 30 days to six months. Our goal is for the student to return to their home environment as soon as possible, with new skills for success.

Does an individual attend school while in the residential program?

Yes. Winchester Group Home residents attend a local school in the community. Residents of CJR’s other programs attend school on the campus of the program (Litchfield or Waterbury).

How do parents/guardians and teens stay connected during this time?

The inclusion of family and caregivers is integral in how CJR works with those it serves. Residents are encouraged to stay connected to family/caregivers through daily phone calls and scheduled in-person family visits and family sessions.

What languages does CJR provide services in?

CJR is able to directly deliver services in Spanish in all programs; translation services will be provided for care givers who speak languages other than Spanish.

Learn More

Our expert, extensively trained, and compassionate team at CJR has deep experience in relating to adolescents and treating the root causes of their symptoms. For any questions about CJR’s residential treatment programs, please contact:

How do I report sexual abuse?
CJR will provide a safe and secure environment for all residents. CJR ensures training, education, prevention, detection, response, investigation, and tracking of all reported acts of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. In accordance with state and federal regulations, the CJR’s Annual PREA Report states that there were no allegations or incidents of sexual abuse reported between January 2022 and December 2022.

If you suspect that sexual abuse has occurred at a CJR program, you have several options for reporting. You may call Christine Jaffer, MSW, LCSW, and CJR PREA Coordinator, at (860) 567-9423, ext. 255; or you may call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1- 888-999-5545. Reports may also be made directly to the Police Department in the location where the allegations occurred. Please have any information or evidence available for the investigator who will be assigned to handle the case. All reports are taken seriously and investigated as outlined by CJR’s PREA policies and procedures.

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