The need for services for children and youth impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder continues to grow and many families live in a state of crisis waiting for access to high quality care.
The complex needs of this population overwhelm the capacity of families, acute care facilities, schools and traditional human service providers. The head of the Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate told lawmakers during a hearing on disability issues in May 2018 that the problem had reached a crisis level. As the need for these services continues to grow, we are working to expand our capacity to provide critically needed multidisciplinary autism care services by building a new facility on campus.
We will expand our continuum of autism care services to meet urgent community need through the construction of a new 12-bed inpatient unit and a first-of-its kind partial hospital program in a dedicated 18,000 square foot building on our main campus in New Britain. The facility will expand inpatient care to 12 private rooms in a welcoming, therapeutic milieu. We will also develop Connecticut’s first autism-specific Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) to provide a step down/step up solution not currently available in the state. This unique service will provide effective supports for children and youth to transition successfully back into the community following an inpatient stay and help others remain safely at home without requiring an inpatient level of care. Children and families will receive specialized services in inpatient, and partial hospitalization levels of care including psychiatry, psychology, developmental pediatrics, family therapy, behavioral analysis, planning and training, medication management, speech and occupational therapy.
55 additional children and families to receive the highest quality inpatient care in a therapeutic setting designed specifically for their health care needs.
75 additional children to be served annually through Connecticut’s first autism-specific Partial Hospitalization Program.
Become a Superhero
You can help us meet the critical need for high quality clinical care for children, adolescents and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder by making a gift towards this $13 million dollar capital project. Your support sends a powerful message to the families we serve and to our community, expanding access to care for children and youth in need.