“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.
Children, Youth and Families
The Children’s Division provides a comprehensive system of care for youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, or substance use difficulties in their life, as well as education and support for family members. We offer over 12 programs for youth ages 0 to 18 (or up to age 21 if still in school) and their families through a continuum of services including psychiatry, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, family counseling, case management, respite and case aid services, school-based services, behavioral consultation services, summer therapeutic programs, crisis response and emergency respite services, CUPS – a mental health program for young children up to six years old, and JOBS – an employment assistance program for youth in transition who have significant emotional disturbances.
In addition to providing comprehensive services for youth and families in our three outpatient locations, we work in collaboration with early childhood services, and we provide school-based clinicians, interventionists, and/or student assistance counselors to 28 public and alternative schools. Services are provided in the home, in the community, and in the schools.
For more information, please contact the Children, Youth, & Family Program Director at (802) 254-6028.