The Short-Term Family Integrated Treatment (S-FIT)
S-FIT program provides a short-term, family-centered setting for children and adolescents as alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization, placement in a congregate care setting and/or disruption in existing home. The primary goals of the program are to stabilize the family (adoptive, biological, foster, kin, relative etc.) and their extended social system; assess the family’s current strengths and needs; identify and mobilize community resources; and coordinate services to ensure rapid reintegration into the home, school and community. This is a 9 bed facility, with a limited number of beds also available for respite care and emergency placements. The program serves youth ages 12-17 who are experiencing moderate behavioral health problems and have been assessed as requiring brief out of home or community care. Referrals are made through the Department of Children and Families.
Partner In The Bridge to Success (BTS)
WYSS is listed as a partner in the Bridge to Success (BTS). The Bridge is comprised of community stakeholders and parents working together on behalf of our youth, children and families. Our Executive Director and many members of our staff serve on committees.
Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team (CAIT)
The Waterbury Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team, (CAIT) is a group of professionals working together to coordinate the prompt investigation of suspected cases of child sexual abuse, reducing trauma, and ensuring the protection and treatment of the child.
Hispanic Child Care Providers Association
Hispanic Child Care Providers Association is the largest Spanish childcare association in the state offering support and education to professional home day care providers.
Local Interagency Service Team (LIST
WYSS has expanded its scope of service to embrace an added role, the coordinating entity of the Local Interagency Service Team (LIST). The LIST serves as a resource to the local juvenile justice system by regularly convening to identify and discuss services, supports, opportunities, gaps, and needs of the catchment area, pertinent to the juvenile justice system.
Project Safe Place
Project Safe Place is an outreach network of Waterbury Youth Services where a youth in crisis can get help immediately, at any of the safe place sites established in the Waterbury community. These sites are recognized by the safe place sign (large black & yellow, diamond-shape) displayed prominently on the building. A crisis may include; runaway, homelessness, family conflict, neglect, physical/sexual abuse, or being followed by a stranger. Presently, the Waterbury Fire Department, Greater Waterbury YMCA, Family Services of Greater Waterbury and Catholic Charities of Waterbury are Safe Place sites.
Together We Shine
Together We Shine is a family support group working to assist parents/caregivers with special needs children through outreach and advocacy.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA ) offers FREE tax help to low-to-moderate-income people (generally, $50,000 and below) who cannot prepare their own tax returns. In partnership with the CT Association for Human Services (CAHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) WYSS serves as one of the VITA sites in the Waterbury area.
Waterbury Juvenile Review Board (WJRB)
Waterbury Juvenile Review Board (WJRB) is a diversionary and prevention initiative designed to provide alternatives to arrest for minor offenses committed by juvenile offenders.