Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Services

Connecticut Group Homes

Connecticut Group Homes serve youth and young adults with developmental disorders who have experienced disruptive life events. All clients living in JRI Connecticut Group Homes receive 24/7 supervision and therapeutic support to help them develop daily living skills and navigate their community. Clients attend school, work, or vocational programs outside of the home.

Paine Group Home
At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: We provide a warm and nurturing home environment where clients are empowered to build skills and competencies for more independent lives.
Age: 18+ Paine Road and Barrett Hill; 14-21 Chesterfield
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: 3 - 5 Clients per home
Let's Connect
Desiree Chumsantivut
Program Director
100 Averill Road
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
(860) 928-5900
Approach

Our staff are trained in the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework. ARC is based on the idea that many of the problematic behaviors observed among traumatized youth are adaptions initially learned to manage the early traumatic environment. These early adaptations then impact the individual’s ability to successfully negotiate relationships, regulate affect and physiology, and develop an integrated and positive sense of self. Positive development in each of these areas is fostered individually as well as cohesively in our group homes by the building of healthy relationships with staff and peers, the teaching of self-regulation skills, and engaging all clients in individual activities that they enjoy and take pride in. Because our youth often come to us with histories of disruptive attachments and multiple placements, they have missed the opportunity to build self-efficacy.

Paine Road Group Home

The Paine Road Group Home is located on two acres in Pomfret Center, Conn., and serves young women who are involved with the Connecticut DDS.

Paine Group Home

 

Barrett Hill Group Home

The Barrett Hill Group Home is located on one acre in Brooklyn, Conn., and serves young men who are involved with the Connecticut DDS.

Barrett

 

Chesterfield Group Home

The Chesterfield Group Home is located on two acres in Oakdale, Conn., and serves young men who are involved with the Connecticut DCF.

Chesterfield

 

Services

We offer:

  • Clean and comfortable living environments that reflect that deep respect we have for our youth while emphasizing personal stewardship.
  • A highly trained staff to provide therapeutic supports and interventions, primarily based on the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) model. Staff have access to clinical consultation as well as training on evidence-based practices.
  • Life-skills education that is embedded within the reality of community living but made explicit and meaningful through both the structures and routines of the home and strict but warm approach of our caring staff. Our life-skills instruction focuses on human rights, money management and budgeting, cooking and meal preparation, and personal hygiene.
  • Guidance in accessing opportunity in the community through outings, activities, volunteer work, and employment services. Collaboration between staff and community partners to ensure consistency in care and opportunity.
  • An emphasis on youth participation in all aspects of our services, especially in creating goals and plans for treatment in order to ensure he/she is moving towards meeting individual goals while beginning to take ownership for his/her life.
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