CHD’s Adolescent Treatment Program plays a vital role in preparing the youth, who have been in the Department of Youth Services (DYS) custody, and their families for a successful transition back to their home. Over the course of three to eight six months, staff work with the youth on community reintegration providing them with numerous intensive services such as individual and family therapy, life skills and anger management groups, substance abuse treatment, positive recreational activities, educational and pre-vocational testing, counseling and direction, pre-employment training and job shadowing opportunities.
Many of the youth entering the program are faced with a myriad of issues such as mental illness, aggression, substance abuse, family dysfunction, gang involvement, under level academic performance, low self-esteem, lack of basic life skills, poverty and other issues often related to their being victims of abuse or neglect. The boys entering the program are nearing the end of the DYS continuum of services and are close to returning to their families and communities.
Consistent with CHD’s commitment to community based care, the Adolescent Treatment Program involves youth with educational organizations like Springfield Technical Community College, the YMCA, employers, religious organizations and a variety of other community programs – all aimed at ensuring a successful transition back to their home communities. “We provide youth with a structured opportunity to learn and practice the skills they will need to be successful. ” said Program Manager Clara Snowden, “We’re there to support them every step of the way.”
797 Worthington Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Program Director: Clara Snowden