The Waterford Country School S-FIT Program is now active and serves the Middletown, Norwich and Willimantic DCF offices.
The WCS Short-Term Family Integrated Treatment Program (S-FIT) is a stabilization family service, with a respite component for the youth, wherein the child can reside with us up to 14 days and then transition home. The primary goals of the program are to:
- Stabilize the youth and family (adoptive, biological, foster, kin, relative) and their extended social system
- Assess the family’s current strengths and needs
- Identify and mobilize community resources
- Coordinate services to ensure rapid reintegration into the home
S-FIT is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalizations and admissions to higher levels of care and diverts placement disruptions. The program serves DCF referred children and adolescents ages twelve to seventeen, with the ability to seek a waiver through DCF licensing for children under the age of twelve. However, the S-FIT service does not fall under the DCF umbrella. It is a voluntary program requiring the family to commit to six family therapy sessions. For a referral to our program for your child, please contact one of the DCF offices listed above, which is local to your area.
The S-FIT service may also be utilized to provide brief and temporary structured therapeutic care (respite) for children and adolescents ages twelve to seventeen with the ability to seek a waiver through DCF licensing for children under the age of twelve. This may include periods of time during the day or overnight. Respite will be available to children and youth who have been suspended from school and require structured daytime programming for a brief period of time, and also youth who are currently waiting for a placement match to be made that day.