Wakeman Hall Outpatient (A-CRA)

Wakeman Hall provides substance abuse outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment and community-based after care to male and female adolescents aged 12-17 in the Greater New Haven area. The program uses two evidence-based models proven to help teens abstain or reduce substance use, participate in positive activities and meet his or her personal goals: Adolescent Community Reinforcement approach (A-CRA) and Assertive Continuing Care (ACC).

Ryan’s Story

The oldest stories in the world become the oldest stories because so many people believe them and so often repeat them. So when 17-year-old Ryan, in response to many people who were trying to help him, said that adults just don’t understand young people today, it wasn’t exactly a surprising revelation.

Ryan had a compulsion to indulge in drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. That, of course, caused many problems at home, school and practically everywhere else, prompting professionals to intervene and ask him, “Why?”

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While his typical response was not quite a stunner, it can still be a mystery—and in Ryan’s case the mystery became a little less mystifying when the professionals who were assessing him realized that he was also suffering from ADHD, ODD and significant anger issues.

Ryan’s complete refusal to face the problem, to allow his father to be involved in his treatment, or to make any changes at all, nearly led to his forced admission to a juvenile justice facility. But time was on his side and Ryan was referred instead to The Children’s Center of Hamden, which has an Outpatient Substance Abuse program (OPSA) well-suited for a young man with a story like his—someone who cares more about drinking and smoking than he does about trying to combat the need and desire to do, and to get along with people. His father was one of those people; he desperately wanted to help, but Ryan didn’t let him.

Several weeks at OPSA, with very capable, tolerant and intuitive therapists, helped turn the tide for Ryan. He finally let his father participate. Anger was replaced by appreciation for his family and his talents. The drug use ended. The attitude changed. And now it’s an entirely new story for Ryan, for his dad, and for everyone involved in his life. They understand him—and Ryan understands why they care.

What Our Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program Provides

Signs of Substance Abuse
There are many signs that someone may be abusing drugs or alcohol or have a problem:

  • School or legal problems
  • Giving up activities or relationships
  • Missing valuables
  • Secretive behaviors
  • Strange smells or use of perfume
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Involvement with drug-related lifestyle
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Lack of motivation or poor focus
  • Changes in appetite, weight or sleep
  • Problems with coordination
  • Bloodshot eyes or use of eye drops

We Can Help
Maybe you are a teen who is drinking or using drugs. Maybe you are a friend or family member who has concerns about someone. Trying drugs and alcohol is common but can lead to bigger problems. While there are thousands of teens in CT who are using drugs, it is natural for them to feel uncomfortable getting help. You are one step closer to having support…from us!

Our experts at Wakeman Hall provide confidential services and can help them make positive changes, no matter how big or small. Calls are welcome from youth, families, friends and other involved parties who need to talk or ask questions.

Outpatient A-CRA

  • Teens and families  build knowledge and skills to make positive changes
  • Average length is 3 months
  • Weekly 45-60 minute appointments provided in the office
  • At least 8 individual sessions and 4 family sessions are provided
  • Snacks are available
  • Session times are flexible

Intensive Outpatient A-CRA (IOP)

  • Teens get support and build skills and knowledge to make positive changes
  • Length varies between 1-3 months
  • Program runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30-6:00 pm in the office
  • Group, individual and family sessions are provided
  • Snacks and dinner are available
  • When teens make progress they may attend fewer days or transfer to outpatient


  • Teens are linked to positive activities and supports in their community
  • Begins after Outpatient or IOP A-CRA is completed
  • Average length is 3 months
  • Weekly sessions are provided in the home or community
  • Session times are flexible
  • An aftercare plan is made with the teen and family

Support Meetings-contact Shayn Williams-Burris 203-248-2116, ext 366 for more info… or just stop in with a friend

  • Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm, FAMILY & FRIENDS MEETING, SMART RECOVERY, 1400 Whitney Ave, Hamden, Building #1
    Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00pm, SMART RECOVERY MEETING, 760 Chapel St, New Haven

Bilingual Services

  • Spanish services are provided


  • Most insurance plans accepted
  • Sliding-fee scale available

Towns Served: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, Woodbridge

To make a referral

To make a referral, contact Renee Hausman, Director of Admissions

Phone: 203.248.2116 x308
Fax: 203-287-9815
Email: rhausman@tccoh.org

For more information or general questions  contact Christine Hauser, LCSW, Director of Outpatient Services

Phone: 203.248.2116 x341
Email: chauser@tccoh.org


What Our Clients Say

Come if you really want help. People in the program are kind, friendly, and they almost become family.

I’ve been here for several months working on my drug problem and it’s been going pretty well.

There’s help if it’s needed.

No judgments only support.

You can do anything you want. Sometimes you just need a little help.