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C.A.R.E.S. Program

The C.A.R.E.S. Program at St. Francis Medical Center is an acute partial hospitalization program for children ages 5-14 years. Our mission is to provide high quality mental health diagnosis and intensive treatment to children who suffer from emotional and behavioral difficulties that impede their ability to function successfully in a social environment.

In addition, the Partial Day Program at St. Francis Medical Center now services children ages 3 and 4 years old.  The program specializes in children that present with emotional and/or behavioral needs that demand more comprehensive understanding and strategy to resolve than pediatrician consultation and/or family/social supports can offer.
These children may be having great difficulty acclimating to their daycares, struggling with reaching and maintaining developmental milestones, or following daily routines at home.

Children may be referred to the program by their school, outpatient agencies, inpatient children's unit, DYFS, and the families themselves. All referrals are made to the Program Director.

The staff at the CARES Program are a multidisciplinary team consisting of master level clinicians, bachelor level counselors, a registered nurse, and a child and adolescent psychiatrist. All children receive daily academic instruction, daily group therapy, weekly individual therapy, and weekly family therapy. Upon admission all children receive a psychiatric evaluation.

Our team members are committed to providing the children and their families with the tools they need to cope and to manage the challenges they are facing in their lives in a respectful, supportive, and nurturing environment. Door- to door transportation and meals are provided for the children.

Contact Information:

Michele Czechowski, CARES Program Director (609) 599-6436

Hours of Operation:

We operate year round, Monday through Friday,8:45 am to 3 pm.

Medical Director

Dr. J. Sandhu, 609-599-6443.

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