Cutchins Programs for Children & Families has been holding children and their families in safety, respect and love for over 35 years. Families have come to Cutchins Programs for hope and healing as they deal with issues of trauma, severe emotional and behavioral challenges, and mental illness.
In 1977 Cutchins Programs for Children & Families was formed as Northampton Center for Children and Families (NCCF) serving as an alternative to the Northampton State Hospital. Concurrently New Directions School, a Department of Education approved special education day school, was established to serve NCCF children. In 2001 the agency was renamed for its founding director, Carl Cutchins.
Since 2007, IFIT (The Intensive Family Intervention Team) has provided intensive in-home support for NCCF families at the completion of residential treatment.
The Children’s Clinic outpatient clinic, specializing in early trauma, began in 1986 by Dr. Cynthia Monahon as an outgrowth of the needs of residential clients at NCCF. It has garnered a reputation for working long-term with the youngest clients. The Clinic continues to hold the highest standards of care while growing to include the needs of adolescents.
Three Rivers started in 1993. A Clinically Intensive Residential Treatment Program (CIRT), Three Rivers offers a safe and nurturing sanctuary and healing experience to 5-13 year olds with severe behavioral challenges. Under the direction of Rob Terreden, Three Rivers has been statewide leader in restraint reduction and trauma-informed care reducing restraints by 80%.
Since its inception the residential and treatment programs at Cutchins Programs for Children & Families have attained a high level of expertise in working with children/adolescents and their families with diverse cultural, class, and ethnic backgrounds.