Located on our State Street Campus, the Residential Treatment Center provides a therapeutic, structured environment for at-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 17. Children and teens are placed in the program through New York State family court systems. An individualized treatment plan, facilitated by a caseworker, is developed for each resident. The plan establishes specific activities, objectives, and goals geared to the development of the skills necessary for the individual to meet life's challenges and become a positive, contributing member of society.

Supervision is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The treatment team for each resident includes not only a caseworker, but also trained direct care staff, clinicians, and educators. Those enrolled in the program attend local public schools, receive individual and group counseling, participate in supervised recreational activities, attend life skills and independent living classes, engage in community volunteerism, and/or work in paying jobs off-campus. Residents have family visitation within their treatment plan both in the community and on Campus.

Each resident's treatment team monitors the youth's progress and maintains weekly contact with the youth's parents or guardians. To promote a smooth transition upon a Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence county resident's discharge, the youth is able to be enrolled in the Children's Home Aftercare Program, which provides follow-up care and continued services as needed.

The Recreation Program offers the residents the opportunity to learn leadership and team building skills through many on and off-campus activities including:

High and Low Ropes Course
Mountain Climbing/Biking
Intramural Basketball League
During the summer months, residents attend a week-long summer camp at Camp Wabasso in Redwood, New York.


60 and 90 day Diagnostic Evaluations
Long-term Placement
Emergency Care
Anger Management
Sexual Offender Treatment


Each resident will be assigned a treatment team consisting of:

Direct Care Staff
Clinical Staff
Parents or Guardians
Education/Recreation Staff
Cottage Supervisor


All residents are enrolled in the Watertown City School District. All youth receive in-school support from the CHJC School Liaison, as well as on-Campus assistance with school work through weekly tutoring and daily study hour.

Contact Us

Administrative Offices

P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown NY 13601
Phone: 315-788-7430
Fax: 315-785-5637