The mission of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center is "Saving Lives by Passionately Caring for Children, Families, and Community."
The Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center, Inc., (PCRC) was established in 1975 through collaboration among area educators, mental health professionals and Griffin Hospital. Its purpose was to provide a mental health resource for Valley parents and children, using a multi-disciplinary approach including psychiatry, psychology, social work and allied professional and paraprofessional orientations. Services were to be essentially family oriented with a focus on individual child behavior and the challenges of parenting.
PCRC originally provided services on a part-time basis in various schools through a contract with the Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic in New Haven. In 1977, the agency expanded to three full-time psychiatric social workers and in 1980, the Parent Aide program, now called the Family Enrichment Service, was added to provide experienced outreach workers for in-home services to parents needing skill building, support and advocacy. In 1993, the Local Systems of Care Program began providing intensive case management services to children at risk of out of home placement.
Today, PCRC has grown into a dynamic and thriving organization, and is the leading provider of behavioral health services to children and families in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. We serve approximately 1,200 children and their families annually who suffer from severe emotional and behavioral issues, most of whom have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect. Our services have now expanded to allow us to serve individuals from all over Connecticut.
The Parent Child Resource Center (PCRC) has experienced a number of programmatic successes. Overall, the agency received a record number of requests for service and case assignments. Specific program achievements include:
Goals for the current year include continue growth of our clinical programs, and other specific goals:
Enhancing the Therapeutic Mentoring Program, IMPACT, and increasing funding for this program to grow outside of DCF-identified adolescents, but to also cater towards PCRC clients and other community members
There are many changes and challenges in our future, including HealthCare Reform, Federal and State budget issues, the poverty faced by our clients and communities, and the increased challenge of raising funds to sustain our efforts. All the while, we need to listen to our children, our families and our community so that we don’t lose sight of their needs.
Our Board of Directors has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping this a strong organization. The Board spent the past year, examining and articulating the roles, responsibilities and expectations of Board Members and our Members are excited about the part they can play in the future of this organization.
With the combined passion, expertise and commitment of our staff and Board of Directors we will continue Saving Lives and Restoring Hope. We invite you to contribute your time, your talent and your treasure to support our mission.
These are challenging times and PCRC faces many of the same issues we all do in our everyday businesses. Loss of funding, increasing costs to meet the challenges of changing regulations, and even weather related issues that keep our clients home have caused our resources to be strained during the past year. Our staff have been terrific in dealing with the difficulties in the non-profit world and continue to provide exceptional service to the children we serve.
Our clients reside primarily in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton and the surrounding areas, although increasingly clients from outside these towns seek out our services. While there is equal representation among male and female clients, single parent families are more likely to have a female head of household.
Triple P In-Home Services provide in-home support and parent training to address issues of parenting skills, nurturing behavior, positive discipline techniques, and communication skills, with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect. Through this accredited program, staff are trained to be able to deliver an evidence-based curriculum.
The Prevention through Early Intervention Program (PEIP) was established to help reduce problem behaviors in children enrolled in preschools in the Lower Naugatuck Valley Region and to prevent their expulsions. The program works to support teachers and families in helping children with social and emotional challenges remain in preschool and gain valuable skills needed to succeed in kindergarten and beyond through expert consultation and professional development for staff and through social skills groups and small group interventions for young children.
Michael Wynne has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center since January 1997.
He received a Bachelors Degree from Fairfield University, a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and a Post Masters Certificate in Social Work Administration from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston.
Michael has thirty-six years of experience in the field of social work. Prior to coming to the Parent Child Resource Center, he held administrative positions at the University of New Haven, the Northwest Connecticut Regional Mental Health Board and the Connecticut Department of Corrections.
PCRC collaborates with all programs and organizations providing services to or interacting with children and families in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. We coordinate our services with TEAM, Inc., the Boys and Girls Club, BHcare, Valley YMCA, Catholic Charities, Family and Children’s Aid, Bridges, Boys and Girls Village, CT Department of Children and Families, Griffin, St Raphael’s, Yale and Waterbury Hospitals, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Milford Rape Crisis Center, and multiple child care centers, school systems, police departments and Youth Service Bureaus.
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