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A New and Bright Beginning

The Child and Family Guidance Center Helping Kids and Families Today For a Better Tomorrow

ANNUAL REPORT 2015


Chairman and President’s Dear Friends:

Michael D. Patota, President/CEO

As we celebrate 90 years of providing mental health treatment, prevention supports, care coordination and other services to children and families in Southwestern Connecticut, the Child and Family Guidance Center team is acutely aware that the needs of our communities have changed. In order to stay on the cutting-edge, our knowledge of emerging practices and effective programs continues to advance. While our mission remains the same as it was in 1925, “to address the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and their families,” CFGC is still evolving. Most recently, this has included adding clinic locations, broadening our scope of services, and exploring new revenue streams. The past year has been one of exciting transition, with new leadership in the President/CEO position and an upgrading and renovation of facilities and technology. We have expanded our services to the Norwalk community. We have focused on aligning our programs with the goals of the CT Children’s Behavioral Health Plan.

James Connelly, Chairperson


Message And we have added to our program offerings while maintaining a steadfast commitment to high-quality, family-focused, and culturally appropriate care. The majority of our funding comes from program grants from the CT Department of Children and Families and the CT Department of Social Services. This is remarkable as these agencies did not exist when we opened our doors nearly a century ago. That said, the operating environment of behavioral health non-profit organizations is in the midst of dramatic change. We are exploring a welcome shift to a funding model fueled not only by government grants but also fee-for-service revenue and increased support from private foundations, individual contributors, and our corporate partners. We also see a greater need to team with pediatric primary care clinicians, schools, and other service

providers. This is an immense opportunity for our agency and we are striving for enhanced communication, collaborative relationships and, where feasible, co-location of services. While embracing the changes in the behavioral health care field, CFGC simultaneously had a successful and productive year in providing needed and effective services to children and their families. Many of our accomplishments are highlighted elsewhere in this report. They were achievable due to the efforts of our caring and talented staff and volunteers, and the generosity of our supporters and funders. The Child and Family Guidance Center is experiencing a “New and Bright Beginning� as we strive to meet the ever-changing behavioral health needs in our communities, in 2015 and beyond. Thank you for partnering with us on this important journey.


Program Spotlight Nurturing Families Network The Nurturing Families Network offers home visiting, parenting groups and telephone support to new and expectant parents. The program works in partnership with the families by enhancing their strengths, providing education, and creating community connections. This free program uses the evidence-based “Parents As Teachers” curriculum which has been proven effective in reducing the incidence of abuse and neglect, enhancing parent-child relationships and helping parents finish school, secure employment and obtain medical care.  Almost 90% of parents offered NFN accept one or more services. Over 60% remain in the program for two years or more, compared with a state-wide average of 49%. These families entered NFN while the mothers were pregnant, and the children are now thriving in Kindergarten.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, funded by the Southwest Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) since 2000, provides weekly support groups and monthly educational workshops to grandparents and other primary caregivers, aged 55 years and older. The program provides an environment where grandparents and their grandchildren can enjoy a healthy dinner and engage in enriching activities. This provides needed respite and valuable support. Last year GRG grew to 45 grandparents. Through a collaboration with our Care Coordination program, the support group “Teen Dream Team” expanded to include a weekly craft group, facilitated by Board member Alex Currie. We also added “Adventures with Grandma,” offering trips to Mystic Seaport, Quassy Park, Port Jefferson, and the Downtown Cabaret.


Our Services Behavioral Health Unit

Family Support

Mental Health Services Hispanic Family Outreach Service Outpatient Mental Health

Supportive Services Family Empowerment Initiative Nurturing Families Network Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time Visitation Center

Substance Abuse Services Turning Point Regional Program

Crisis and Community Based Services EMPS Crisis Intervention Care Coordination Community Support for Families

Intensive In-Home Services Family Based Recovery Functional Family Therapy Intensive Family Preservation Multi-Systemic Therapy Prevention and Early Intervention Early Childhood Consultation Partnership Foster Grandparent Program Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Parenting Academy


Evidence-Based Practice = Success Functional Family Therapy Our Functional Family Therapy (FFT) team works with youth and families on repairing family relationships and decreasing negative behaviors such as truancy, substance use, and violence. FFT is a short-term, evidence-based intervention that also helps youth dealing with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other struggles. This model has received international recognition for its outstanding outcomes in helping troubled youth and their families. Here is an example of how it helped one of our families: A recently-blended family of four was referred to us by the Department of Children and Families because they were having difficulty adjusting to their new living situation. Their son was running away from home and acted disrespectfully to both his father and stepmother, while the parents would punish him in an attempt to gain control. DCF was involved due to the harsh discipline, placing the boy at risk of being placed outside the home. Through FFT the family developed a non-blaming, strength-based approach, and learned to value each other’s differences. The family has grown closer, the son felt more like he belonged, and the parents received the respect they deserved.


The Power of Parents A single mother, unsure what to do and needing help, brought her 17year old son to The Child and Family Guidance Center. Her son is hearing impaired, is on the Autism Spectrum, and has ADHD. Their relationship was frequently characterized by poor communication and mistrust, resulting in defiance and acting out behaviors. Manny Ramada, one of our Care Coordinators, worked to improve their relationship by focusing on the teen’s primary interests, music and dance. Manny introduced the mother and son to a local Salsa dance instructor, who paired them as partners. After weeks of practicing Salsa, their bond began to mend through this common experience. Their relationship is greatly improved and the dance instructor remains a significant support in the teen’s life.


Volunteer Profile I got involved with The Child and Family Guidance Center after being recruited by Board members Anne Owens and her daughter Caroline Owens Crawford. I have always wanted to work with inner-city youth in the United States, and saw it as a wonderful open door to teach the kids from Grandparents Raising Grandchildren once a month at their monthly meetings. I have met some incredible kids here. We have made so many wonderful things and have spent a great deal of time together. We even hand painted three stools that were auctioned off at the last CFGC fundraising event - they brought about $300 to the Center!!! In our workshops we teach life skills such as sewing, leather/metal/ wood workshops, card making, and painting so kids can have an opportunity to fall back on something in life. Unfortunately governmental budgets cut the arts and music first, depriving all of our public schools of artistic outlets. If we cannot teach our children in color, the world becomes black and white. We provide the same materials and instruction as more privileged children have so the playing field stays the same. My motto is ‘why take a child to a big box store when you can take them all to Coco Chanel.’ It’s quirky, but the kids appreciate the efforts we make on their behalf.

The kids appreciate the efforts we make on their behalf.

-Alex Currie, Volunteer/Board Member


Our Demographics OVER THE PAST YEAR, THE CHILD AND FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER PROVIDED SUPPORT TO 3,115 CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

90% 68%

OF THE PEOPLE WE SERVE LIVE IN POVERTY.

OF OUR CLIENTS BELONG TO A MINORITY GROUP.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH, INCLUDING HISPANIC FAMILY OUTREACH SERVICES: 1148 TURNING POINT SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM: 103 VICE

CRISIS AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES

AGES OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SERVED

EMPS CRISIS INTERVENTION: 953 CARE COORDINATION: 226 COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES: 284

FAMILY SUPPORT EARLY CHILDHOOD CONSULTATION PARTNERSHIP: 48

48% 11-18 years

FAMILY BASED RECOVERY: 32 FAMILY EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE: 30 FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM: 204 FUNCTIONAL FAMILY THERAPY: 61 GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN: 29

26% 18 and older

INTENSIVE FAMILY PRESERVATION: 54 MULTI-SYSTEMIC THERAPY: 34 NURTURING FAMILIES NETWORK: 161 PARENTING ACADEMY: 70

24% 6-10 years

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM (TRIPLE P): 46 REUNIFICATION AND THERAPEUTIC FAMILY TIME: 31

2%

0-5 years

VISITATION CENTER: 41

Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Westport, Weston, and Wilton.


Our Financials INCOME

AMOUNT

PERCENT

State and Federal Grants United Way Third Party Payments Other Income TOTAL INCOME

$8,661,741 $94,500 $1,365,200 $328,963 $10,450,404

83% 1% 13% 3% 100%

EXPENSES

AMOUNT

PERCENT

Personnel Occupancy Contract Services Supplies and Other Expenses Depreciation TOTAL EXPENSES

$7,421,596 $330,437 $474,458 $1,452,390 $64,901 $9,743,782

76% 3% 5% 15% 1% 100%

RESOURCE ALLOCATION

AMOUNT

PERCENT

Programs and Services Administration and General Fundraising TOTAL ALLOCATION

$9,356,620 $338,282 $48,880 $9,743,782

96% 3% 1% 100%

Note: The unaudited financial information listed above is for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. This information is preliminary and may be subject to adjustment.


Affiliations CFGC is affiliated with and/or funded by: Action for Bridgeport Community Development Advanced Behavioral Health Bridgeport Public Schools Bridgeport Hospital Child Guidance of Southern Connecticut Children’s Trust Fund Council City of Bridgeport Connecticut Health and Development Institute Corporation for National and Community Service Fairfield University Favor, Inc. Kennedy Center Nehemiah Commission Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging St. Vincent’s Medical Center The Exchange Club of Stamford The State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division The State of Connecticut Department of Education The State of Connecticut Department of Social Services United Way of Coastal Fairfield County US Department of Health and Human Services


Our Contributors Aiello Charitable Foundation, Inc. Kevin Barlow Lynn Beery Benevity Community Impact Fund Mindee and Paul Blanco Brake Fire Protection, Inc. Irma Camacho Taesun Chung, M.D. Cohn Birnbaum & Shea P.C. Dana and Matthew Colangelo Compare Foods Peter B. O’Connell, Esq. James Connelly Alison Corda Caroline Owens Crawford Jeffrey Currie Ann T. D’Addario Family Foundation Genevieve Eason Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation Fairfield Police Union Local 550 John and Marianne Farrell Donna Fletcher Madeleine G. Fox Joan and Jeremy Frost

Rebeca García William and Rosa Gargano Anne Golensky John Grayeski Philip and Nancy Guzmán Patricia Hayman Dorothy Jackson Denise Johnson Joan and Michael Kapral David Lorenson MetLife Milton H. Friedberg Fund, Inc. Janice Miko Jennifer Moorin Sonia Moscoso-Luque Anthony Musto Silvia Natarelli Newtown Shopping Village Ann and Howard Owens Marnie and Howard Owens Howard Owens, Jr. Joseph Paul Shirley Pavone People’s United Bank

R.D. Scinto Lee Reynolds Carole and Geoffrey Riches Susan Richter Edward Richter Abigail Schine Robert Schneider Stuart Schloss John Skelly Martha Stone Philip and Georgiann Strompf Ellen Moriarty and Richard Strompf Cheryl Tedesco J.L. Terry Margaret and Lamont Thomas Elizabeth Torres Transcend Mind/Body Training LLC Dr. Patricia Walker Edward Wetmore Thomas Witherington Cay White, M.D. Austin Wolf Stephen Wright Barbara Zwick

Thank you for your generosity and belief in our mission! It is the support of our individual donors, corporate friends, and community partners that makes our work possible. Note: Our apologies for any omissions or errors for contributions received between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015.


Board of Directors Officers James Connelly Chairperson

Ann Owens Secretary

Dana Colangelo Vice Chairperson

John Skelly Treasurer

Board Members Mindee Blanco Joseph Corselli Caroline Owens Crawford Nicholas D’Addario Rebeca García Michael E. Harkins Jennifer Moorin

Ellen Morgan, Esq. Joseph Paul Robert Schneider Barbara Scinto Richard Strompf, Ph.D. Alexandra Wallace-Currie


Michael Patota, MSW, MS, President and CEO Cay White, MD, Medical Director William Gargano, MBA, Chief Financial Officer Ann McCarthy, MBA, Director, Development and Communications Kimberly Farrar, MS, Director, Human Resources Irma Camacho, MA, LMFT, Unit Director, Family Support Services Dee Jackson, MSW, LCSW, Unit Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health Cheryl Tedesco, MSW, LCSW, Unit Director, Crisis and Community Based Services

Sameer Abdulgalil Karen Bermudez Hyacintha Bernard Frances Berrios Raymond Bieber Leillee Bitiyong Cornelia Breja Richard Bria Teneika Brown Laura Burke Amanda Byrne Marta Calderon Cassandra Charles Annette Cordero Alicea Corey Neydy Cortes Whitney Criss Chrystie Cruz Fentyshia Daniels Terry Davis Damita DeBowes Luis Dejesus Uri Dejesus Carmen Delgado Sarah Devorak

Noraleen Dunphy Jill Edgar Gina Fabrizio Miguelangel Federico-Hassan Michele Feinberg, M.D. Ada Figueroa Idalis Figueroa Donna Fletcher Faith Fuller Shirley Gadson Geovanny Gallegos Anna Gonzalez Nielvis Gonzalez-Perez Heather Grew Barbara Hallstrom Melissa Hamilton Edna Hernandez Samantha Higgins Aida Hoffman Teresa Inzerra-Rollitt Dennisha Jackson Marilyn Jimenez Ramon Jimenez Constance Johnson Kaiesha Johnson

Theresa Knight Shari Konn-Andrade Sharon Kutner Mildred Landock Danielle Langston Karina Lawrence Christina Lopez Virginia Lopez Patricia Lopez-Cruz Michelle Lourenco Frances Maldonado Madeline Mantilla Stephanie Maquat Keisha Martin-Velez Tiffany Mattra Lizabeth McCracken Kristin McDonald Alleana Melendez-Martinez Lazasha Miller Valerie Mondesir Luz Mora Johanna Morales William Muñiz Silvia Natarelli Jessica Negron

Our Staff Marlyse Nerette Krisztina Olah Jose Olmo Annette O’Neill Lizette Ortiz-Nash Carlos Otero Melissa Pagan Sharon Pedrosa Patricia Perez Vanessa Perez Terril Pile Diana Planas Leticia Polanco Emily Quigley Manny Ramada Rocio Ramos Betsy Ruiz-Rivera Gloria Rivera Kiara Rivera Laura Rizzio Iris Dorca-Rodriguez Maribel Rosado Jason Ruggiero Michael Ryan Wanda Sanchez

Sylvia Sánchez Maria Santos Tara Sawhney Ellen Schwartz Eduardo Seda Deborah Shillingford Mahalakshmi Shivashankar Jose Silva Sandra Sinquefield Bryana Solano Claire Souffrant Jonathan Spears Jacqueline Stephens Marie Thrasher Janice Uhrynowski Idaliz Vangorden Sudha Veeraraghav Priscilla Wallace Timothy Warren Gordon Weiss Pryndall White Megan Williams Sara Witherington Laura Young


The Child and Family Guidance Center Helping Kids and Families Today, For a Better Tomorrow

Bridgeport Clinic and Administrative Offices 180 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 Phone: (203) 394-6529

Fairfield Clinic Southwell Hall, Fairfield University 1073 North Benson Road Fairfield, CT 06824 Phone: (203) 255-2631

Norwalk Clinic 1 Park Street Norwalk, CT 06851 Phone: (203) 810-4404

Stratford Clinic 80 Ferry Boulevard Stratford, CT 06615 Phone: (203) 378-1654

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