Cutchins Programs for Children & Families has embraced children and their families in safety, respect, and love for over 40 years. Families come to Cutchins Programs for hope and healing as they deal with issues of trauma, attachment disruption, severe emotional and behavioral challenges, and mental illness.
In 1975, Cutchins Programs for Children & Families initially formed as the Northampton Center for Children and Families (NCCF), serving as an alternative to the Northampton State Hospital. The very first physical location established was on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton, Massachusetts. Laura Sklba is the Program Director for the Northampton campus, which includes three residential houses for youth ages 8-22 (NCCF) and the New Directions School. The New Directions School is a Department of Education approved special education day school. The school formed concurrently to NCCF, to serve the educational needs of children residing at NCCF. The New Directions School also serves students outside of NCCF. Over the years, the agency has grown to include other types of programs, and in 2001, the agency adopted a new name to honor its founding Director, Carl Cutchins.
In 2007, the Intensive Family Intervention Team (IFIT) blossomed to provide intensive in-home support for NCCF families upon the completion of residential treatment. In 2016, IFIT services changed in scope and practice and became an In-home Therapy program (IHT). The IHT program is under the umbrella of services offered by the Children’s Clinic.
The Children’s Clinic is an outpatient clinic located in downtown Northampton, specializing in early trauma and attachment-related services, which began in 1986. Dr. Cynthia Monahon was the founding Program Director of the Children’s Clinic, which was as an outgrowth of the recognition of the specialized clinical needs of both the residential clients at NCCF as well as the outpatient needs of the larger community. The Children’s Clinic garnered a reputation for providing long-term outpatient services to the youngest of clients and their families. The Children’s Clinic continues to uphold the highest standards of outpatient care, while expanding to include the needs of adolescents. Amanda Harrison is currently the Program Director of the Children’s Clinic, which serves over 250 children and families per year.
Three Rivers, a Clinically Intensive Residential Treatment Program (CIRT), opened in 1992. Three Rivers offers a safe and nurturing sanctuary and healing experience to children ages 6-12 years old with severe emotional and behavioral challenges. Three Rivers offers the highest level of residential services in Massachusetts. Under the direction of Program Director Rob Terreden, Three Rivers is a statewide leader in the restraint reduction, Trauma-informed Care, and Building Bridges initiatives.
Since its inception, the residential and treatment programs at Cutchins Programs for Children & Families have attained a high level of clinical expertise in working with children/adolescents and their families with diverse cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic backgrounds.