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Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth (CROSS)

Nationally and in Connecticut, the development and implementation of statewide systems for youth substance use recovery support lag behind recovery support systems for adults with substance use or mental health disorders. The Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth (CROSS) initiative is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2017 State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant (STR) through the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).  DMHAS has contracted with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) to develop and implement a statewide substance use recovery support system specifically oriented to the needs of youth aged 16-24 years. The goal of this initiative is to design, develop and implement a youth recovery support system in Connecticut. 

DCF has contracted with Wheeler Clinic to administer this initiative. Wheeler has convened a statewide CROSS Steering Committee that includes youth, families and people in recovery to guide all phases of this project.

Qualified organizations have been identified, funds for selected applicants have been allocated and required to do the following:

  • Facilitate and host a minimum of one weekly SMART Recovery® group for youth ages 16-18 or 18-24.  Groups must begin meeting no later than 2/15/2018 with a goal of at least 10 weekly participants per group by 4/15/2018.
  • Facilitate and host a minimum of one weekly SMART Recovery® Family & Friends group. Groups must begin meeting no later than 2/15/2018 with a goal of at least 10 weekly participants per group by 4/15/2018.  
  • Offer a variety of alternative peer group prosocial activities for youth in recovery ages 16-18 or 18-24.
  • Participate in monthly SMART Recovery® for youth statewide network meetings.


The awarded applicants for the CROSS funding are:

DCF Region 1:

  • The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board (age group 16-18)-Fairfield

DCF Region 2:

  • The Children's Center of Hamden (age group 16-18)-Hamden
  • Bridges Healthcare (age group 16-18)- Milford 

DCF Region 4:

  • Trinity College (age group 18-24)-Hartford 
  • AHM Youth and Family Services (age group 16-18)-Hebron                                                           
  • Rushford Center (age groups 16-18 and 18-24)-Glastonbury 

DCF Region 5:

  • McCall Center for Behavioral Health (age group 16-18 and 18-24)-Torrington
  • Western Connecticut State University (age group 18-24)-Danbury 

DCF Region 6:

  • Rushford Center (age groups 16-18 and 18-24)-Meriden 

For more information on the CROSS locations, please contact Hector Maldonado at hmaldonado@wheelerclinic.org or at 860-793-4651.