The Lower Naugatuck
Valley Parent Child Resource Center, Inc., (PCRC) was
established in 1975 through collaboration among area
educators, mental health professionals and Griffin Hospital.
Its purpose was to provide a mental health resource for
Valley parents and children, using a multi-disciplinary
approach including psychiatry, psychology, social work and
allied professional and paraprofessional orientations.
Services were to be essentially family oriented with a focus
on individual child behavior and the problems of parenting.
PCRC originally provided
services on a part-time basis in various schools through a
contract with the Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic in New
Haven. In 1997, funding was obtained to hire three full-time
psychiatric social workers. In 1980 the Parent Aide program
was added providing experienced outreach workers for in-home
services to parents needing skill building, support and
advocacy. In 1993, the Local Systems of Care Program began
providing intensive case management services to children at
risk of out of home placement.
Originally located at
Ripton School in Shelton, Connecticut, PCRC moved to its own
location in 1979 on Coram Ave. Later in 1983 the agency
moved to White Street in Shelton. In January 2004 the agency
relocated to 30 Elizabeth Street in Derby, Connecticut.
Today, PCRC is the leading provider of behavioral health
services to children and families in the Lower Naugatuck