Girls Provider Network Members

Community Life Skills
Journey House Program
NAFI Touchstone
Options Educational Services
Woodbridge House

Community Life Skills for Girls is a program that is open to young women aged 12-19 years old who wish to learn how to enrich their lives and gain new life skills.  The core part of this program focuses heavily on supporting young women’s self expression within a safe, caring environment to encourage self confidence and enhanced judgment.  The program provides exciting groups and classes such as Youth People Empowering People, Girl’s Circle, Voices, ZUMBA, and much more.  
Journey House Program at Natchaug Hospital, Inc. is a secured residential treatment program that serves juvenile justice involved adolescent girls for the State of Connecticut.  The residents remain involved in treatment at the program for approximately six to nine months, depending on treatment needs and discharge plans. Our population of residents in addition to being legally involved, typically also have a variety of mental health diagnoses which have included:
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,
  • Mood Disorders,
  • Conduct Disorder, and
  • Learning Disorders.
At the very least, most if not all of our residents struggle with substance abuse issues, have experienced some major traumatic event or events in their lives, and have experienced significant attachment disruptions in their childhood relationships. Journey House offers a variety of treatment modalities to address client’s needs such as individual, group, family and milieu therapy. Residents are offered different types of therapy such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) all woven into a strong behavioral management system with an emphasis on offering gender specific and relational care.
Journey House is also equipped to work with survivors of Domestic Sex Trafficking. The clinical team as well as both program nurses are trained in the My Life, My Choice curriculum, which aims to educate and prevent commercial sexual exploitation of minors. The nurses at Journey House have continued their education in Domestic Sex Trafficking by attending a two day DCF training geared toward trafficking in Connecticut as well as a one day intensive trafficking training for nurses.


NAFI Touchstone is located on 55 acres of land in Litchfield, Connecticut. This expansive campus offers two residential dormitory settings, an on-campus school, low-ropes course as well a dirt bike program curriculum. Touchstone is a staff-secure residential treatment program serving girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who are committed to the Department of Children and Families. With enhanced psychiatric, nursing, educational and clinical expertise, Touchstone provides young women the opportunity to engage in treatment in the community with the goal of future placement either in the home or at a lower level of care.

Gender-responsive programming assists the girls with complex needs including:

  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-injury
  • Sexual Education
  • Life Skills
  • Anger expression
  • Healthy relationship development
The young women have the opportunity to build a trusting one-on-one relationship with an advocate counselor, and aftercare services are provided. The educational program at Touchstone prides itself on bringing out the talents of each young woman in order to make their educational experience a success, including a culinary program. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of adolescent girls through:
  • Individual and group
  • counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Education and credit retrieval
  • A gender responsive approach
  • Trauma informed treatment approach
  • Permanency planning and transitional supports  

Touchstone provides skills training in an emotionally safe environment for young women. Touchstone offers a trauma informed care to support young women in developing emotion regulation skills and independent living skills in order to have a successful transition to their home communities.

Options Educational Services

This program is located at: 606 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT 06105, for ages: 14 through 21 years

Options Educational Services (Options) provides educational and vocational services for students ages 14-21 who have not been successful in the public school setting and/or in other therapeutic private placements.

The mission of the Options special education program is to improve each student’s academic skills and competitive abilities for independent living, post-secondary education and employment. This is accomplished through providing highly individualized programs within a therapeutic setting.

The goal of the Options special education program is to support each student’s completion of high school graduation requirements and to prepare them for post-secondary activities. Education, transition and vocational programs are developed in conjunction with IEPs and are commensurate with the SDE Connecticut Curriculum Frameworks.

Options accepts referrals for day students from LEAs.

Education Director: Rosemary Jakobsen
Telephone Number: 860-523-5318
E-mail Address:

Chief Administrator: Scott Wells, MA
Telephone Number: 860-523-5318
E-mail Address:
Fax Number: 860-232-3597

Woodbridge House

We partner with youth and their families to build on their strengths, and create interventions and service plans that are strength-based, individualized, family-centered, and culturally appropriate, utilizing the youth and family’s natural resources.

Woodbridge House is a 6 bed therapeutic group home for girls aged 13-18 who are involved with DCF and/or the juvenile justice system and need a residential program to assist them with trauma and complex behavioral issues including co-occurring disorders. This is a community based program located in a suburban setting. The program will address the multi-faceted needs of these complex adolescents with a goal of discharge into their family of origin, relative, or foster family with community based treatment and support.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the primary treatment model. DBT is a comprehensive psychosocial treatment that is effective for clients with multiple and serious issues including complex trauma. It combines standard cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness. DBT is an effective treatment for extreme emotions which lead to impulsive self-destructive behaviors.

It focuses on teaching and practicing Mindfulness Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, Emotion Regulations Skills, and Distress Tolerance Skills.  Clinical Treatment Model Approach to service planning including aftercare.  We integrate wraparound competencies including:

  • Understanding and valuing meaningful involvement of family and youth as equal partners.
  • Engaging the family, emphasizing their strengths and instilling hope and confidence.
  • Engaging culturally relevant, individualized, community based Child and Family Team.
This program uses the CARE (Children and Residential Experiences) Creating Conditions for Change practice model, created by Cornell University’s Residential Child Care Project. CARE helps us improve the youth’s level of functioning and build skills necessary for them to transition into a family successfully and permanently. The principles of CARE are:
  • Developmentally Focused
  • Family Involved
  • Relationship Based
  • Competence Centered
  • Trauma Informed
  • Ecologically Oriented
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