Branford Counseling and Community Services

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Branford Counseling and Community Services (“BCCS”) is a municipally-funded behavioral health and social services agency, providing services to Branford residents, both adults and children.

BCC is the Youth Service Bureau and Social Services Department for the Town of Branford. Licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, clinical services are provided by licensed professionals.

BCC is a Medicare and Medicaid provider and most commercial health plans are accepted.  We will work to obtain insurance with clients who do not have health insurance.

As a part of our BCC mission, we routinely maximize treatment through collaboration with other local agencies, schools, hospitals, private practitioners, and various Town Departments.

Clinical Services

  • Counseling for:
    • Individuals
    • Couples
    • Families
  • Yale Child Study – hosting site for child psychiatrists
  • Group therapy
  • Play therapy for young children
  • Medication evaluation and management by Board Certified Psychiatrists and APRNs

Crisis Intervention

  • 24/7 On-call phone contact available for clients in crisis - including evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Urgent visits
  • Staff available for critical incidents within the Town

Community Services

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Special issue presentations:
    • Depression
    • Suicide
    • Conflict resolution
    • Anger management
    • Stress management
    • Anxiety
    • Healthy aging
    • PTSD
  • Drug and alcohol prevention programs
  • Host to community programs:
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    • Literacy Volunteers
    • Children’s Mindfulness Group
  • Local Prevention Council member
  • Shoreline Youth Collaborative member
  • Summer Youth Employment Program
  • Oversees the Juvenile Review Board (JRB)
  • School mentoring programs
  • Youth Outreach Worker for at-risk youth
  • Annual Pat Andriole Family Day event
  • Secret Santa Program

Social Services

  • Case management
  • The Basic Needs Program offers short-term assistance to Branford families who are struggling with life changing circumstances
  • Emergency temporary assistance for those who qualify:
    • Food
    • Medication
    • Housing
    • Fuel
    • Home heating
  • Entitlement information
  • Insurance application assistance

Fees

  • BCC accepts most private insurance, Medicaid (Husky), and Medicare reimbursement

Funding

  • Sources:
    • Town of Branford
    • CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
    • CT Department of Education
    • Private donations
  • Partners:
    • Branford Cares
    • Branford Community Foundation
    • Branford Rotary Club