Youth Development

Children's Center of Hamden

  • Hamden, CT
  • www.tccoh.org

Mission Statement

The Children's Center of Hamden is a private nonprofit multi-service Agency dedicated to providing quality treatment and education in a safe, nurturing environment for children and families in the least restrictive setting. Our Board of Directors values the contributions of its diverse workforce and monitors the management of Agency resources so that employees can be successful in their efforts to provide an environment that fosters positive age appropriate experiences for children and youth with behavioral, emotional and/or learning disabilities. Multidisciplinary treatment teams are trained to enhance the wellness and to protect the privacy of those we serve. While continuously assisting each child and family to assess their needs and access their strengths, we strive to provide services that are respectful and welcoming of diverse cultures and identities.

Main Programs

  1. Description
  2. Residential Treatment
  3. Therapeutic Group Home
  4. Whitney Hall School
  5. Extended Day Treatment
  6. Wakeman Hall Substance Abuse Treatment
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Daniel Lyga

Keywords

Self-reported

children, children's behavioral health,Connecticut, special education, residential treatment, substance abuse, psychiatric therapy

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EIN

06-1580427

 Number

6006456485

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments Over the Past Year Culling together six years of research that illustrates the demographics served and changes thereto and longitudinal outcomes related to services provided in our residential treatment program. Presentations of this data were made to the Board of Directors as well as the State's Department of Children and Families in response to their request.Significant modification in treatment models utilized to service children and families in programs offering varying intensity of intervention.The implementation and enhancement of vocational training and clinical/social work services for youth and families enrolled in our special-education program.Implementation of rigorous checks and balances in order to satisfy the medical necessity requirements of Medicaid. Goals for the Currrent YearBroaden the array of services we offer that service children who are able to live in the community.Attract experienced, licensed and/or certified staff to fill future staff vacancies.Continue to find more efficiency through shared training and experiences with other area and state-wide service providers.Identify and develop community events that will bring awareness to the community of children's experiences and needs, while at the same time raising funds for our organization.

Programs

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Program 1

Description

The Children's Center of Hamden has: residential treatment; day programs; an adolescent substance abuse program; short-term family integrated treatment program (S-FIT); stabilization bed program; intensive residential program; a group home; intensive outpatient treatment; outpatient treatment; extended day treatment; state approved Special Education school on grounds; therapeutic recreation; and medical care.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Residential Treatment

Services adolescents experiencing significant emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric difficulties requring an intensive out of home treatment program. As a Residential Treatment program for up to 38 children, it operates 365 days a year. There are two boys' and one girls' living units, often referred to as cottages. Average length of stay is approximately 9 months. Children receive recreational services and participate in individual and group therapy. Family therapy is strongly recommended and provided whenever possible. The living environment is moderately structured with an individualized behavioral Management Program.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

4240000.00

Program 3

Therapeutic Group Home

Services 5 adolescent boys (up to age 18) for a varied length of stay and are ready for community living with intensive therapeutic support. Emphasis is on assisting youth to develop necessary skills to live successfully in the community.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

930000.00

Program 4

Whitney Hall School

Whitney Hall School provides an integrated educational experience for clients living in the Residential Treatment Program and youth living in the community (Day School) and referred by local school systems. The students, elementary through high school, receive 25 hours a week of academic instruction and clinical support in a single-gender classrooms which average 10 students each. A full compliment of core subject matter as well as physical education, art, computers, life skills, reading support and speech and language services when needed.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

843200.00

Program 5

Extended Day Treatment

Services boys and girls who are at risk of out of home placement or hospitalization or who need a therapeutic program following one of these levels of care. The program meets after school during the academic year and full days during school breaks. The program provides therapy, case management, referral and advocacy to children and their families so that the youth's symptoms and behaviors are managed and the youth is able to live in the community.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

1557000.00

Program 6

Wakeman Hall Substance Abuse Treatment

The Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment program services male and female adolescents between the ages of 12-17 in the greater New Haven area who are abusing or dependent on drugs and/or alcohol, but whose substance abuse does not necessitate intensive out-of-home treatment.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Funding Needs

Increasing training of direct care employees with regards to dealing with more psychiatrically complex clients and their families.Complete revamp and refocus of fundraising efforts and the commensurate required commitment.Increased data collection and sophistication of analysis as relates to treatment outcomes.Increased funding and/or substantial decrease in expenditures related to the provision of treatment services as this organization is virtually 100% dependent on state and municipal funding, which is decreasing in actual dollars and obviously purchasing power.

Accreditations

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation

Affiliations + Memberships

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

United Way of Greater New Haven

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Financials

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THE CHILDREN'S CENTER OF HAMDEN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Children's Center of Hamden

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Daniel Lyga

BIO

Dan has been in the role of Chief Executive Officer since 2015. He has oversight responsibility for the functioning of the organization. Dan is responsible for the provision of treatment and special education services in accordance with state and national standards. He has a more direct role in overseeing business services, personnel and fundraising. Dan is also the primary liaison between The Children's Center and state elected officials as well as cognizant state agencies. Prior to his position as Chief Executive Officer, Dan functioned as the Agency's Chief Operating Officer.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Children's Center of Hamden has had a long history of adapting and evolving to meet the needs of Connecticut's children and their families. As an organization we are evolving in terms of staff qualifications, training and focus in order to provide psychiatric, behavioral and special education services to an ever increasing level of acuity. As an organization that has achieved and continues to aspire to maintain national accreditation with the Joint Commission, and a partner with Connecticut's managed care system through the Behavioral Health Partnership, we continue to migrate towards a more medical model focused on targeted treatment in order to serve children and youth in the least restrictive but most appropriate level of care. In part that is being shaped by an increased reliance on psychiatrists, registered nurses and licensed clinicians. The challenge that must be addressed in this process is the consequence of current economic conditions adversely affecting the nonprofit community who has devoted its resources to serving disadvantaged children and youth whose treatment services are funded by state and municipal funds."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Krista Hart

Homemaker

Term: June 2014 - June 2018

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