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Mental Health/Diversion Services

Child, Youth and Family Counseling

Counseling for youth and families is done by referral to several local practices. Assistance with co-pays can be made available to those who demonstrate financial need. For information, please call (860) 721-2977.

Crisis Intervention

Department staff members are available to provide crisis intervention services, information and referral on an emergency basis. Call the department at (860) 721-2977. During non working hours, contact the Wethersfield Police Department at (860) 721-2900.

Juvenile Diversion Program

The Wethersfield Juvenile Review Board (JRB) was established in 1996. The purpose of the JRB is to provide a community based mechanism for diverting appropriate juvenile cases (must be under the age of 18) from the Juvenile Court System. Cases are referred both from the Wethersfield Police Department as well as from New Britain Juvenile Court (with parental permission). The Wethersfield JRB is comprised of members representing Wethersfield Social and Youth Services, Wethersfield Police Department, Wethersfield Public Schools, New Britain Juvenile Court, CT Department of Children and Families and Faith Based Communities.

The Board meets twice a month individually with JRB clients and their parent(s) to create diversion plans. Potential action items in a diversion plan might include community service, counseling (individual and family), drug and alcohol prevention classes, letter of apology, etc. After successful completion of the action items outlined in the diversion plan the JRB can successfully close the case. For information please call (860) 721-2977.