Behavioral Health

Challenging situations may come at any stage of life. We’re here to listen and to help.

We understand that no two people, families or situations are alike, and our programs and services are designed to meet the diverse and complex needs of children, adolescents and adults. Our caring, professional staff addresses a broad array of issues, including depression, anxiety, marital difficulties and serious mental illness. We also serve consumers with special needs including anger management, gambling addiction, and child and adolescent behavioral problems.

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+Adult Outpatient Recovery Services

Our outpatient programs for adults and families include individual, group and family therapy to address problems associated with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, grief and loss, and other mental health issues.

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+Bettor Choice Gambling Treatment Program

The Bettor Choice Gambling Treatment Program is an outpatient program that serves problem gamblers and those affected by the gambling problem of a loved one. Treatment may include individual, group, marital and/or family therapy. Financial and peer counseling also are available. 

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+Biofeedback-Neurofeedback Services

Wheeler’s Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Services utilize state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches that enhance or provide an alternative to traditional ADHD and stress-related disorder treatments.

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+Community Response Team

We serve adults and families in a variety of settings, including the home, our offices or the community. Our Community Response Team, available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, provides crisis intervention, early intervention and hospital diversion to people in crisis. Most face-to-face evaluations occur within one hour, and resolution takes place in the home or community. 

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If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs to talk with an informed professional, help is just a phone call away. Wheeler Clinic’s HelpLine offers confidential telephone counseling services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to residents of Central Connecticut, Greater Hartford and surrounding towns. Our staff offers prompt information, referral and support to callers during times of crisis.

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+Latino Outreach Program

The Latino Outreach Program offers a combination of services designed to identify and support monolingual Spanish-speaking men and women who are at risk for substance abuse. Our services include a brief assessment and referral, home and hospital visits. 


El programa Alcance Latino ofrece una combinación de servicios diseñados para identificar y apoyar a los hombres y las mujeres de habla hispana, monolingües, a riesgo de abusar sustancias. Nuestros servicios incluyen una breve evaluación y referidos, visitas al hogar y al hospital. 

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We treat, support and respond to the needs of women who have both substance abuse and mental health challenges as they progress through their recovery. This outpatient program empowers women to make positive choices for themselves and their children, and to develop competence in all aspects of family life.  

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+Older Adults Substance Abuse Recovery Program

Older adults are more prone to mental illness, substance abuse and isolation. Wheeler Clinic’s Older Adults Substance Abuse Recovery Program offers counseling and other services for people 60 and older.

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+Transitional Case Management

Our case management services help men with substance abuse issues transition back to the community following a period of incarceration. We employ a strengths-based approach to coordinate housing, employment, education, medical services and insurance, and basic needs. Clients enrolled in this program also attend a weekly relapse prevention group.

+Biofeedback-Neurofeedback Services

Wheeler’s Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Services utilize state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches that enhance or provide an alternative to traditional ADHD and stress-related disorder treatments.

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+Bristol Pediatric Program

We often work with systems of care and other health care professionals to identify and address problems as they occur. Our staff provides behavioral health assessment, triage, consultation and brief treatment services for children from infancy to age 18 on site at the Bristol Pediatric Program. 

+Care Coordination

This in-home program works with children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional challenges and their families to arrange appropriate supports and services to maintain the child or adolescent in the community.

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+Children's Outpatient Services

We serve children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing developmental, behavioral, emotional or cognitive challenges, and/or family distress or dysfunction. We offer family, individual and group therapy to children and adolescents to address issues such as anger management, substance abuse, social skills, girl’s empowerment and adolescent coping skills. 

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+Crisis Stabilization Program

Our Crisis Stabilization Program offers short-term residential placement for youth ages 11–17 who need immediate intervention during an emotional or behavioral crisis. Youth are offered a safe and secure place to stay while clinicians work with them and their families to stabilize their situation. 

+Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services for Children and Adolescents

EMPS serves children who are experiencing behavioral health emergencies in the community, home, school and hospital settings. The program provides services for families and children at a time of crisis. The service can be accessed by calling 2-1-1 and pressing “1.” 

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+Extended Day Treatment

Extended Day is an intensive therapeutic after-school treatment program for children and adolescents ages 6 to 18 who have behavioral and emotional difficulties at home, school or in the community, and it significantly reduces the potential for out-of-home placement. Separate programming is offered for child and adolescent age groups. 

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+Family and Community Ties Foster Care Program

Wheeler’s Family and Community Ties Foster Care program provides enhanced in-home support to foster families, and primarily serves children between the ages of 6 through 17 in need of an intensive level of foster care and wraparound services.

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+Family Enrichment Services (FES)

FES offers weekly in-home parent education and support services that focus on the parents’ knowledge and skills to provide a safe and stable home environment free from child abuse and neglect. 

+Family Living Home and Farm Hill

Family Living Home and Farm Hill are part of Wheeler Clinic’s Congregate Care Program, which provides 24-hour, home-like care for children with emotional and behavioral challenges. Family Living Home serves boys ages 10-13, and Farm Hill Home serves girls ages 10-13.

+Family Support Center

This intervention program serves Family With Service Needs (FWSN) juveniles – young people who are truant, runaway, or otherwise out of his or her parents’ control. The program provides assessment, educational advocacy, parent support, crisis response, referral, case management and psychoeducational groups in a supportive environment.

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+Foster Care Clinic

Our Foster Care Clinic provides multidisciplinary evaluations to children and adolescents entering foster care and safe home programs. Each child receives a comprehensive medical, dental and mental health evaluation within 30 days of entering a foster or safe home.  

+In-Home Family Training Program (IFTP)

This intensive in-home family intervention program is designed for school-aged children, ages 3 to 21 years old, who are served by the Department of Developmental Services. The primary program goal is to stabilize the child’s behavior, decrease behavioral incidents, and keep the child in the home or community setting.

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+Intensive Family Preservation (IFP)

This program supports families involved with the Department of Children and Families due to concerns about abuse and neglect in the home. Our team keeps families together by helping parents develop the skills, resources and supports to create a safe and nurturing home environment. 

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+Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS)

IICAPS is a time-limited stabilization program for children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders. The program successfully engages all family members in the creation of a strong working partnership between the child, family, school and community. 

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+Juvenile Justice Intermediate Evaluation (JJIE)

This program offers intensive evaluation of court-referred youth, ages 10 to 18, with complex behavioral needs. The evaluation includes cognitive and personality assessment, psychiatric evaluation, educational testing, substance abuse and trauma screening, and home-based family assessment. 

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+LIGHT House and SAGE House

LIGHT House and SAGE House are part of Wheeler Clinic’s Congregate Care program. Each provides a long-term, supportive and consistent home-like environment for five adolescent boys challenged with significant trauma histories and relational difficulties. Our goal is to provide stability, sensitivity and opportunities to help youth develop effective interpersonal and life skills.

+Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)

MDFT is an evidence-based, family-driven drug abuse recovery program for adolescents and their families and is recognized as one of the most promising interventions for adolescent substance abuse. Our staff works with families in the home, school and community, examining all components of a teen’s life to promote positive, long-term change. 

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+Multidimensional Family Therapy – Reentry and Family Treatment (RAFT)

This program assists youth, particularly those with a history of substance abuse, during their transition from a juvenile justice or residential facility to their home and community. The program treats the individual adolescent, caretakers and members of the family, and builds on the unique strengths, supports and systems in that young person’s life. 

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+Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

MST is a unique, goal-oriented, comprehensive treatment program designed to serve multi-problem youth in their home, school and community. MST is the only family-focused and community-based treatment program that has been the focus of several major research studies and demonstrated clinical effectiveness for youth with complex emotional, social and academic needs.

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+Multisystemic Therapy – Family Integrated Transitions (MST-FIT)

MST-FIT provides individual and family services to youth with mental health and substance abuse issues during the period of their reentry from juvenile justice facilities back to their communities. The goal is to provide youth and their families with the tools to successfully navigate the transition and re-entry period. 

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+Multisystemic Therapy – Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB)

MST-PSB is an evidenced-based, intensive home-based treatment model for families of youth, ages 10-19, experiencing problem sexual behavior, at home, at school or in the community. The program addresses the multiple systems and factors that cause this behavior with the goals of improving youth and family functioning and safely maintaining youth in the community.

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+Multisystemic Therapy Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF)

We work closely with families with substance abuse histories who are involved with the Department of Children and Families because of child neglect and abuse concerns. Our program integrates the Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect model (MST-CAN) and addresses the individual needs of all family members.

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+Safe Home

Our Safe Home provides a safe and nurturing environment for boys and girls ages 6 to 13 who have been removed from their biological home due to abuse or neglect or who are unable to remain in their foster care setting.

+Supportive Housing for Families®

The Supportive Housing for Families® program serves families involved with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Our staff provides case management and support services, and helps families locate safe, quality, affordable and permanent housing.

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+Therapeutic Foster Care

Our program provides 24-hour supported family homes to children and adolescents needing a therapeutic level of foster care. The program works closely with foster families to provide them with training and ongoing support to provide a structured and nurturing environment to children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect who may be experiencing symptoms related to trauma, loss and other behavioral health concerns.

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+Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

TF-CBT is a clinic- and evidence-based, individual, short-term treatment for children and adolescents ages 4 to 18 who have behavioral or emotional problems related to traumatic life events.

+Youth Equipped for Success (YES!)

The New Britain YES! program serves court-involved youth and addresses multiple risk factors to keep youth out of the court system. Youth referred to the program receive a comprehensive assessment and case management services, and have the opportunity to explore and address issues such as trauma, substance abuse and family conflict. They develop problem-solving and anger management skills and engage in vocational exploration and skill development.

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