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Center For Human Development Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Counseling

Mission: This corporation is formed for the purpose of providing for the educational, civic, social, and general welfare of people in need of supportive services. The center for human development provides a broad range of high quality, community-oriented human services dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and protecting the dignity and welfare of people in need.

Programs: Mental health/addiction services provides behavioral health clinical services, group residences, day programs, residential support and outreach services to adults and adolescents afflicted with mental illness and/or dealing with addictions. In fiscal year 2017, these programs served 10,677persons in western massachusetts and in connecticut.

children and families services include foster care placements, group residential programs, youth mentoring, and early intervention services to children from birth to three years, who are at risk of developmental delays. These programs served 2,748 persons in fiscal year 2017, primarily in the pioneer valley and western massachusetts.

homelessness prevention programs provide temporary residences and supportive services directed to return families to permanent housing. These programs served 1,711 persons in fiscal year 2017.

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General Member of the Public

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The Center for Human Development is like a many headed hydra that is out of control. There are so many sub programs that the quality of service is sub par and those who are supposedly benefiting from the services are not. There is one particular program called the Independent Living Program that embodies the uselessness and the fact that the company has taken off more than it can chew. Here is the mission statement for The Independent Living Program:
CHD developed the Independent Living Program in 1983 as a resource for state agencies needing cogent programming for youth aging out of state care. This is a voluntary program serving young adults between the ages of 17-22 years referred by DCF. Independent Living is a scattered-site program, meaning each youth is placed in his/her own apartment throughout the Greater Springfield area. The program offers guidance in acquiring skills that will help young adults make the transition to independence and self-sufficiency. Clients are provided with individual apartments, basic utilities and assistance in daily living expenses. Multiple individual visits are made with each client weekly by their assigned caseworker. These weekly meetings assist with independent living skills and connect clients with community resources.

I can tell you from first hand knowledge and experience that the youth in this program are not provided with said services. Quite the opposite, the youth are put in apartments then left to their own devices. Many are asked to leave the building they occupy due to: drug use, drug trafficking and being a general malaise to the building. The only service this program provides is a safe place to drink underage, do drugs and continue the cycle of teen pregnancy. Furthermore the social workers need to reviewed by an ethics board. The socials workers employed in this program are never around I'm not sure what they do but they do not assist or provide any help for these people.

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