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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 more than 1,000 children and their families annually who suffer from severe emotional and behavioral issues, most of whom have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect.
Almost 21% of children and adolescents in the US have a diagnosable mental health or addictive disorder that effects their ability to function. In any given year, 5 to 9 percent of youth ages 9 to 17 have a serious emotional disturbance that causes substantial impairment in how they function at home, at school or in the community.
In Fiscal Year 2016, the Parent Child Resource Center served in excess of 1,050 children and families in our Clinic, in clients’ homes, daycare centers, homeless shelters, schools, and many other locations. Our clients ranged in age from infants, and even expectant mothers, to teens as old as nineteen years of age. We also served many parents and guardians helping them improve the behavioral health of their children and families.
On July 1, 2016, PCRC is embarking on a very exciting affiliation with BHcare. BHcare provides behavioral health services to adults while PCRC provides behavioral health services to children and families. A number of families are receiving services from both organizations. By combining our resources and expertise we will be able to improve access to services, enhance service delivery to families, expand service offerings and improve outcomes. We look forward to the growth and development of this affiliation and the very positive impact it will have on our clients and our community.
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.
“When I started here, I was out of control. After two years of therapy, I barely hit anyone or yell at all. I'm happy now.” - Caleb, age 12.
Caleb came to PCRC in 2014 with a history of aggressive outbursts and suicidal ideation. Also diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Caleb thrived in structured environments, such as school, and struggled during school vacations. During these less structured times, Caleb and his family had trouble managing his behaviors and suicidal thoughts; from 2012-2014, his summers included trips to the ED, hospitalizations and participation in intensive outpatient programs. Caleb has done a lot of hard work at PCRC. With his family’s support, he has successfully avoided hospitalization for the past two summers. Caleb has grown in his ability to identify and express his feelings. He is able to recognize his triggers, and more importantly, to advocate for his needs to avoid outbursts. Today, Caleb is frequently described as happy. The boy who was often secluding himself in his room to avoid becoming upset, now spends time doing things with his family and friends. He recently switched schools and is excited for the increased academic rigors of his new school and is considering joining the band.
“When Caleb came to PCRC, we were almost destroyed as a family. We had been trying to get him the help he needed and the right diagnosis for three years to no avail. PCRC has given us our son and our family back. Today Caleb is calmer, more mature, outgoing, and willing to try new things. By working as a family to learn triggers and solutions to the triggers, there have been little to no outbursts in two years.” - Caleb’s parents.
Parenting Support Services provide free weekly home-basedparenting education to empower families and help parents to bethe best they can be. Parenting Support Services offer three specialized programs:
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.
Roberta assumed the role of President/CEO of PCRC in July 2017, when PCRC became a subsidiary of BHcare. Roberta assumed the role of President/CEO of BHcare in July 2013, she served as CEO since January 2012. Roberta was President/CEO of Harbor Health Services, for six years prior to the merger to form BHcare. She was the Chief Financial Officer for Harbor Health from 1993 to 2005, and before that she worked for R.J. Carabetta & Company as a staff accountant.
Roberta earned her CPA in 1993, and her BS in Business Administration and Accounting from Western New England College in 1985. Roberta is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the Board of Directors for CommuniCare, Inc., the Board of Incorporators for Guilford Savings Bank, and was appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet on Health and Human Services in 2011.
Under Roberta's leadership and guidance, BHcare has developed into a $19 million organization that is providing treatment, care and support for more than 13,000 individuals and families in Connecticut.
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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