Children and Families, Department of

Agency Website

Statutory Authority

Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 17a-2

Agency History

1969, Public Act 69-664

Established as Department of Children and Youth Services; absorbed the Commission on Youth Services and took jurisdiction over the formerly autonomous Long Lane School and Connecticut School for Boys

1974, Public Act 74-251

Began administering social and protective services under purchase of service agreements with the State Welfare Department (i.e. supervision of the State Receiving Home etc.)

1976, January 1, Public Act 75-524

Transferred children’s psychiatric services from the Department of Mental Health to the Department of Children and Youth Services

1993, July 1, Public Act 93-91

Name changed to Department of Children and Families

Published Histories/Articles

Not available

Archived Department of Children and Families website as harvested by the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut Digital Archive.

Agency Documents

Check the State Library catalog for availability of publications by the agency:

 Annual Reports are located in:

Digest of Administrative Reports to the Governor [CSL Call Number ConnDoc F40 d]
2002-, online version

State Archives Record Group: RG 178

List of Commissioners

Name

Years of Service

Wayne R. Mucci

1970

Francis H. Maloney

1971-1979

Mark J. Marcus

1980-1986

Amy B. Wheaton

1987-1990

Rose Alma Senatore

1991-1994

Linda D'Amario Rossi

1995-1997

Kristine D. Ragaglia

1998-2003

Darlene Dunbar

2003-2007

Brian Mattiello (Acting) 2007-June 2007
Susan I. Hamilton June 28, 2007-March 2011
Joette Katz 2011-present

Hospitals/Treatment Centers administered by Department of Children and Families

 Name

Location

Year facility opened

Years under DCF

Notes

Albany Avenue Child Guidance Center

Hartford

 

1976-1980

 

Conn. Juvenile Training School

Middletown

2001

2001-

 

Conn. Children’s Place

 

East Windsor/Warehouse Point

 

1974-

Change to this name in 1997,formerly known at State Receiving Home

Connecticut School for Boys

Meriden

1854

1970-1972

1972, merged with Long Lane School. Meriden facility closed.

Fairfield Hills Hospital, Adolescent Unit

Newtown

 

 

1979, Adolescent Unit was renamed Housatonic Adolescent Hospital. Nov. 1993 merged into Riverview Hospital

Greater Bridgeport Children’s Services Center

 

 

 

1980-1990

P.A. 80-28, name of children’s unit at Greater Bridgeport Mental Health Center changed to greater Bridgeport Children’s Services Center

Henry D. Altobello Children and Youth Center

Meriden

1979

1979-1993

Occupied grounds and buildings of the former Undercliff Mental Health Center. Formed by merger of the Adolescent Units from Connecticut Valley Hospital and Norwich State Hospital. In Nov. 1993, merged into Riverview Hospital

High Meadows

Hamden

1957

1/1/1976-

1949, P.A. 5.,1953 Suppl. Gen. Stats. Sec 1132c-1140c est. the “

Connecticut Child Study and Treatment Home

”. Referred to as High Meadows because that was the name of the property it was built on.

Housatonic Adolescent Hospital

Newtown

 

1979-1993

1979, new name for the Fairfield Hills Hospital Adolescent Unit. In Nov. 1993, Housatonic Adolescent Hospital merged into Riverview Hospital

Long Lane

Middletown

1868

1970-2003

Facility closed 2003

Riverview Hospital for Children

Middletown

1867

1/1/1976-

PA 77-43 changed the name of the Children’s Unit at Connecticut Valley Hospital to Riverview.Hospital for Children. Nov. 1993, Housatonic Adolescent Hospital and Altobello Children and Youth Center were merged into Riverview. .

State Receiving Home

E. Windsor/

Warehouse Point

1883

1974-

Name change in 1997 to Connecticut Children’s Place. Originally formed as one of the County Temporary Homes for Children. Name change to State Receiving Home possibly in the 1930s

Wilderness School

East Hartland

1974

1980-