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1225 Silver Street Middletown, CT 06457
Fourteen thousand Conn. youth are referred to one of 13 juvenile courts per year; 450 youth per year are committed to DCF for for intensive services.
Admission to the Connecticut Juvenile Training School occurs in three ways. The first is through new commitments to DCF via the courts. In these cases, the court commits the youth to DCF for a period of time, in most cases 18 months. The court determines that in some cases, the youth's commitment should begin at CJTS. The youth is transported to CJTS from the court where he begins his DCF commitment.
The second admission track is through Parole. When a youth is living in the community with a parent/guardian he is on parole supervision and has conditions of parole he must comply with to remain in the community. When violations of his conditions occur, parole utilizes graduated sanctions to restrict the youth but keep him in the community. If this fails, then parole can bring a youth into CJTS on either relocation status or revocation status. A youth on relocation status must be returned home within 30 days. A youth on revocation status requires an administrative hearing be held to determine if the youth's parole needs to be revoked. If his parole is revoked, he remains at CJTS pending further treatment and the development of a new community reintegration plan. Parole revocation can also be for new arrests that occur within the community and the youth requires placement at CJTS pending the outcome of the charges.
The third admission track is for youth entering from congregate care. In these cases youth were placed in congregate care as part of their DCF commitment. If the youth becomes aggressive, picks up new charges or is overall non complaint, he may then be placed at CJTS due to these behaviors.
Education at CJTS is under the United School District 2 (USD2). The Walter G. Cady School is the school at CJTS. The Cady School offers a complete educational experience with academic and vocational offerings tailored to meet the needs of the youth.
A complete health screening and a physical examination is provided to every new admission. Access to medical, psychiatric and dental care is provided for treatment and incorporated in the individual treatment plans as well as the discharge plans. CJTS offers 24/7 medical/nursing services.
Rehabilitative department offers a wide variety of recreational programming as well as therapeutic interventions including art and music therapy.
The residential units are the 24/7 living units where youth stay during their placement at CJTS. The residential units create a residential milieu that implements the behavior management system and encourages responsibility for behavior and movement within the level system.