What is REACH?

Bridgeport Hospital’s REACH Program is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

The REACH Program provides intake assessments, medication management, group therapy, case management and after care planning.

REACH is located at 305 Boston Avenue in Stratford. For more information about our services, call 203-384-3377, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The emotional, behavioral and psychiatric needs of adolescents and their families are unique and are best cared for in a specially designed treatment program.

The REACH Youth Program includes an afternoon intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adolescents between 13 and 17 years who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties.

The Program is designed to reduce the need for hospitalization, decrease residential placement and assist in keeping families intact. We offer the following services: assessment, group therapy, multi-family group, art and pet therapy, medication management and case management.

Who May Need Our Help?

Adolescents who exhibit the following symptoms may benefit from treatment:
  • depression or social isolation
  • suicidal thoughts or passive death wish
  • extreme mood swings
  • aggressive, threatening behavior
  • hyperactivity
  • school avoidance or refusal
  • oppositional behavior

Youth Program Hours (13-17 years of age)

Monday–Wednesday: 1:30–4:30 pm; Thursday (multi-family group): 1:30–4:00 pm

Families are required to attend the weekly multi-family support group.

Our Staff

The REACH Youth Program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes a child and adolescent psychiatrist, advance practice registered nurse, clinical coordinator, registered nurse, clinical social workers, recreational therapist, art therapist, psychiatric technician and support staff.

Staff also consult with other medical and rehabilitation specialists and nutritionists as needed.

How to Access the Program

Patients may be referred by schools, clinics, physicians, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), emergency departments, inpatient facilities and other healthcare providers. Parents may also make direct referrals to the program. Please call 203-384-3377, 8:30-5:00 pm and ask for an evaluation appointment.


The REACH Youth Program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans.