Clifford Beers Clinic offers a wide range of programs and services to meet the differing needs of children and families. What is ultimately offered will be based on both the family’s vision for itself and a professional assessment of what is needed for the child and his/her family.
Below, for reference purposes only, is a list of the current programs and services offered by the Clifford Beers Clinic. To learn details about what Clifford Beers Clinic presently offers, contact the Clinic via email here or call 203-772-1270. You will be directed to the appropriate manager.
Outpatient Mental Health Services begin with an intake evaluation for the child and guardian to help develop treatment needs based on the family’s goals and clinician expertise. Ongoing services may include individual and family counseling, parenting counseling, group counseling, psychiatric services and case management. CBC clinicians may assist clients actively engaged in the treatment process with
These clinics allow our therapists to connect with young people in their schools and during daytime hours to address mental health issues. By making services available throughout the school day, financial and cultural barriers are removed and transportation issues are mitigated.
In addition to these clinics, Clifford Beers is now working with school districts throughout the state to learn about and implement a trauma-informed approach to care in the schools. To learn more about that, click here.
EMPS Crisis Services
EMPS Crisis Services provides an immediate response to children, adolescents and their families when a behavior health crisis is occurring. EMPS Crisis Services staff respond to a location within 45 minutes of a call. Dial 2-1-1 for assistance.
Care Coordination is what it says — a CBC professional coordinates the care needs of the child and family. It is a family-driven program (which means the family plays a large role in determining how it can thrive) that looks to connect the family to resources in the community to help the family. Care Coordination looks to strengthen ties among family members as well as build a network of support for the family that may include extended family, neighbors, fellow church members, health care professionals, and other community-based organizations.
Project CATCH (Collaboration, Advocacy and Treatment for Children)
Project CATCH supports families recovering from the trauma of sexual abuse and domestic violence. This program provides advocacy, case management and support for children and their families who have suffered these types of traumas.
Trauma-Informed Schools (“TIS”) is a term used to describe several coordinated efforts to help school understand and address the impact of trauma on students. The work includes direct services to students as well working with faculty and staff so that the entire school community can benefit from this more “whole”-istic approach to care.
A part of TIS at Clifford Beers includes The New Haven Trauma Coalition — a partnership among CBC, New Haven Public Schools, the City of New Haven, and United Way BOOST!). Through NHTC and other TIS collaborations, Clifford Beers currently maintains a presence in eleven Greater New Haven schools where we deliver some combination of care coordination, screening/mental health assessment, mental health treatment, and workforce training/professional development. To learn more, click here.
ACCORD — Advanced Care CoORDination
ACCORD is an exciting opportunity to work with children and families who have significant needs – both medical and behavioral. Families in ACCORD have access to their own care coordinator who will
- meet with families – in their homes
- connect families to services covering a great variety of areas including medical, behavioral, housing, school and employment
- help families define their family and individual goals, and
- together with the family, develop a care plan with goals to be reached over a 6- to 12-month period.
ACCORD insurance note: Those with Anthem insurance do not need prior authorization; those with insurance other than Anthem will require an out-of-network authorization.
To learn more about ACCORD, click here.
At CBC, we understand that unresolved trauma and toxic stress are at the root of many risky and sexually problematic behaviors. The Specialized Services unit offers a variety of programs designed to decrease at-risk behaviors in children and adolescents. Behaviors addressed range from risky to sexually abusive. Currently, Specialized Services includes:
PROJECT CHOICES For Girls
A gender-specific program for girls ages 12 through 17 who have a history of, or are currently engaging in, risky behaviors such as having multiple partners, engaging in unprotected sexual activity, bullying, fighting, showing poor social boundaries, acting provocatively, sexting, using substances, watching pornography, and other sexualized behaviors that are considered problematic. Participants learn about the impact of trauma on their body and self image, healthy versus damaging attachments, internet safety, and the role of femininity in the media and how it impacts their lives. Participants also learn about healthy sexuality, healthy boundaries, and the practice of positive social skills. The overarching goals of the program are to empower the participants to make positive choices with their bodies and decrease the occurrence of risky behaviors.
The program runs three afternoons a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) for up to 16 weeks. Transportation is provided via med cab for those participants insured through HUSKY A.
Participants will receive group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy as part of the program.
Groups will include DBT interventions, Emotional Literacy, CBT, Psycho education (Social Skills Group, Healthy Sexuality Group, Healthy Relationships and Life Skills, and Internet Safety) and other expressive therapies such as art therapy, video therapy, play therapy and psychodrama group.
PROJECT CHOICES FOR BOYS
A gender-specific program for boys ages 12 through 17 who have a history of, or are currently engaging in, risky behaviors (e.g., fighting, bullying, unprotected sex, multiple partners, viewing pornography, substance use, and stealing) which would likely lead to serious negative consequence for the youth as well as for others. Participants will explore their trauma histories, boundaries, healthy sexuality, how to control their anger, and explore their own masculinity and learn healthy ways to express it without harming others; in addition they will learn to increase their capacity to make positive choices.
The program runs for up to 16 weeks and includes group, individual and family work as well as case management services. Each of these components is seen as essential to the success of the treatment. Group meets three afternoons each week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday).
JOTLAB (Juveniles Opting for Treatment to Learn Appropriate Behaviors)
JOTLAB, for males and females ages 6 to 17, is designed to eradicate the recurrence of problematic sexual behaviors in children and adolescents where a direct victim (or victims) is involved. The program offers two levels of care depending on need:
Outpatient Care: The outpatient level of care is designed for children and adolescents of both genders, age 6 through 18, who are relatively successful in the community but have a history of, or are currently engaging in, problematic sexual behaviors. Interventions are aimed at reprocessing traumatic memories, increasing coping strategies, emotional regulation and empathy, improving family relations, and increasing self competence. Each child/adolescent is assigned an individual therapist specialized in trauma work and problematic and sexually abusive behaviors. Services include individual therapy, family therapy, case management, and, when appropriate, group therapy.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): A gender-specific, trauma-informed, milieu intervention for males ages 12 to 17 which runs three days per week for three hours a day. Adolescents who are referred to this level of care typically struggle in the community (e.g., school failing, poor peer and adults relationships, criminal arrest) and have a history of, or are currently engaged in, sexually problematic behaviors. Some participants might have been removed from their nuclear families and might be residing in congregate settings, and some participants might be returning to the community from residential or detention centers. Each adolescent receives a minimum of eight hours of group therapy, weekly individual therapy, and (when possible) weekly family therapy for a total of nine hours of therapy per week. Additionally, case management is provided to augment and sustain the changes made by each youth in treatment. Areas of focus include increasing social competence and emotional regulation, reprocessing and integrating trauma memories, increasing social skills, and strengthening a sense of mastery.
Groups include: Art Therapy, Social Skills, Music and Video Group, Mindfulness and Meditation, Healthy Sexuality, Trauma Processing Group, Psychodrama Group and Cognitive Behavioral Groups around anger management and attachment issues.
Transportation is provided through Medicaid as long as the child is insured under HUSKY A.
Specialized In-home Intervention: THE Community Support Team (CST)
CST, an in-home intervention, is designed for children and adolescents for whom outpatient treatment might not be enough to be maintained safely in the community. Existing family systemic interventions are used to provide an ecological approach to eradicating problematic and risky behaviors. The program provides wraparound case management as well as parenting sessions aimed at clarifying and strengthening the family hierarchy, increasing family safety, and promoting healthy connections. The in-home team is sometimes used to help families who are being reunified after a period of separation, i.e., an adolescent returning home from a residential facility or other congregate setting.
For families who have children ages birth through 5, Child FIRST provides home-based comprehensive services to families with young children. Children and their families are assessed, and emphasis is placed on building a healthy relationship between parent and child.
Community Consultation and Training
With an eye toward creating a safer and healthier community for all children, Community Consultation and Training offers trauma-informed mental health consultation services to other organizations. A primary goal of Community Consultation and Training is to help our partners recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma exposure.