Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS)

Admissions

Advisory Board

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About the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS)

There has been a state facility for boys continuously operating in Connecticut since 1854.The Connecticut Juvenile Training School is located on 32 acres of land in Middletown, Connecticut. The facility is operated through the Department of Children and Family Services. The facility is secure and has a campus style design with six buildings surrounding a central courtyard. Operational bed capacity for the facility is 135. CJTS provides services to males between the ages of 12 to 20.

CJTS is the only secure facility for boys adjudicated as delinquent and committed to the Department of Children and Families. Opened on August 27, 2001, the mission of CJTS is as follows:

The mission of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School is to provide a safe, secure and therapeutic environment while providing opportunity for growth and success. National best practices interventions and standards are integrated into facility operations with the goal of reducing risk of re-offending, preparing youth for community re-entry and developing positive youth outcomes.

The Raise the Age legislation took effect on January 1, 2010. This legislation raised the age of the juvenile court jurisdiction to 17 years old and was implemented in two phases. The first phase of this legislation included 16 year olds within the juvenile court jurisdiction for certain offenses. The impact on CJTS has been in an increase of 16 year old and older youth coming into the facility. The second phase of this legislation began on July 1, 2012, which includes 17 year olds.

 

Admissions

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.


Address:

Connecticut Juvenile Training School
1225 Silver Street
P.O. Box 882
Middletown, CT 06457
860-638-2400

 
Goals
  • Linking the mission and work at CJTS with the Adolescent and Juvenile Services Division
  • Fostering a safe, professional, and learning environment that allows for personal and professional growth
  • Offering a comprehensive array of educational, vocational, clinical, medical, rehabilitative, and life space programming and services coordinated and implemented by a multi-disciplinary team approach
  • Partnering with family, community, and other social supports to promote healthy and lasting relationships
  • Providing an opportunity to acquire and enhance transferable skills that promote social, educational, and vocational success
  • Recognition of juvenile - adult differences in designing services
  • Promoting an understanding and respect among all races and cultures
  • Addressing trauma, physical, mental health, and emotional well-being of all who are served
 
CJTS Services

CJTS offers a comprehensive clinical, educational and medical assessment of each youth upon admission to the facility. Each youth also receives a career interest inventory, a vocational interest and aptitude assessment as well as a life skills assessment through the school. Clinical services include individual, family and group work based upon the treatment needs. Clinical services also include case management in preparing youth for their movement either to the community or a congregate care setting. Psychiatric services are also available including assessment and medication administration.

Education at CJTS is under the Unified School District 2 (USD 2). 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.  (Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about USD 2).

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.

CJTS also offers an array of other specialized programs that youth can access as part of their progress within the level system as well as education and clinical progress.

Juvenile Court and Probation Services

Each year in Connecticut nearly 14,000 young people are referred to one of the thirteen juvenile courts. They are referred for myriad reasons, from acting in a fashion that is beyond their parents control and other status offenses to committing serious crimes wherein their intent and action(s) have created a victim. Many of these cases are resolved and handled by the Court Support Services Division and their Juvenile Probation Officers. A small percentage of these youth - approximately 450 - are committed to the Department of Children and Families each year. These adjudicated youth are serviced though the juvenile services unit of the DCF Adolescent and Juvenile Services Division.

Each youth adjudicated delinquent and committed to DCF is under the case management of Parole. The juvenile services bureau of DCF was phased out in 2011 and Parole was incorporated into the regional operations of DCF. This change was made in part so that the juvenile service youth and child welfare adolescent youth could have access to the same services rather than have separate services for the two populations of youth. The Parole Officers and Parole Supervisors now report within a regional structure rather than a separate bureau.

Past Events

November 15, 16 & 17, 2016:  Fall Family Nights
The Connecticut Juvenile Training School hosted fall family nights on November 15, 16 and 17, 2016. The visitation area was decorated and dinner was prepared buffet style so families could gather and eat together. Family pictures were taken and plenty of leftovers were taken home with the families.

The CJTS family engagement committee coordinated this event with the goal of strengthening family engagement through various facility focused activities. The turnout was very good and overall it was a huge success.

November 16, 2016:  Youth and Law Enforcement Day
On Wednesday November 16, 2016 the Connecticut Juvenile Training School hosted a Youth and Law Enforcement Day sponsored by Martha Stone and the Center for Children’s Advocacy. Retired Hartford Chief of Police, Daryl Roberts and Leon Smith from the Center of Children’s Advocacy were the moderators of this event. Lieutenant Grise and Sergeant Collazo from Bridgeport, Sergeant McFadden from New Haven along with 6 police officers from New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport represented the law enforcement community. Ten youth from CJTS from these same cities participated in this event and represented the youth voice.

The goal of this youth and law enforcement day is to open dialogue between young people and law enforcement interactions and identify recommendations for improving youth and law enforcement relations. The day started with youth on one side of the room and law enforcement on the other side. Through honest discussions, role plays, and small group breakouts sessions, a much better understanding of each other’s perspective was obtained. During lunch, the young men and law enforcement ate together engaging in respectful conversations. The day ended with a much more cohesive group and the hope for a healthier and safer community for all.