ALL REFERRALS TO THE HOMECARE PROGRAM MUST COME FROM COURT SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION (CSSD) PROBATION STAFF
Our goal is to engage youth under age 19 involved in the justice system with appropriate mental health services in their home communities, thus decreasing recidivism to detention centers or jails related to unmet psychiatric needs, and allowing treatment to occur in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment.
- Psychiatric evaluation and short term medication management within selected Federally Qualified Health Centers and mental health clinics throughout Connecticut
- Short-term intensive case management and collaboration through the home office located at the UConn School of Medicine
- Child/adolescent psychiatric APRNs working in collaboration with child psychiatrists to provide a multicultural, co-disciplinary approach to care
Current clinics are in Federally Qualified Health Care Centers and mental health clinics in Meriden, Bridgeport, New London, Norwalk, Waterbury, West Hartford, and New Britain. View list of clinics >
Priority is given to adjudicated adolescents exiting juvenile detention centers. However, any adolescent with juvenile justice involvement, such as probation or Families With Service Needs (FWSN) with immediate mental health needs will be evaluated and triaged. To be considered for this program an Initial Referral Form and a Parent/Child Consent Form must be completed and included with supporting documentation from probation. All forms must be completed and submitted in order to be accepted into the program.
Fax number and email are on the referral form. You are encouraged to call Geri Pearson, the director of the Homecare Program, at 860-679-4089 if you have any questions about your referral or the type of services needed. Please complete the referral and consent form, send it to the triage office. You will be contacted by a clinician within a few days. The Homecare Program will arrange an evaluation as soon as possible, usually within two to three weeks of referral, more quickly if the need is urgent.
Whom Should I NOT Refer?
Adolescents with current prescribing caregivers are not eligible for Homecare Program services. While the program will accept adolescents with private insurance, their families will be encouraged to arrange private care as soon as possible. Adolescents with high clinical acuity may not be appropriate for this level of community care. THE HOMECARE PROGRAM DOES NOT DIRECTLY PROVIDE PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES. Program staff can assist in referrals to additional services.
Geraldine S. Pearson, Ph.D., A.P.R.N.
Director, Homecare Program
Beth Muller, A.P.R.N.
Assistant Director, Homecare Program
Marnie Flynn, A.P.R.N.
Anastasia Okoniewski, A.P.R.N.
Initial Referral Form
One of the most essential pieces of information needed is the youth’s insurance information, including the policy number. This is required to process referrals into the clinics.