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John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center



Robyn Sullivan
(860) 289-8131

Location & Hours

474 School Street map
East Hartford, CT 06108
(Onsite parking available)

Monday — Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Educational Programs Offered

CREC John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center’s educational programs serve children and adolescents who struggle with learning, emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric issues. The center provides comprehensive treatment, offering quality educational and clinical programming to adolescents and their families throughout Connecticut. All services are offered from a trauma-informed perspective as adapted from the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency framework. Programs focus on students’ unique academic and clinical needs and strictly adhere to their Individualized Education Programs.

Each CREC John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center program offers:

  • Highly-qualified, certified special education teachers in each classroom
  • An associate instructor in each classroom
  • Low student-to-staff ratio
  • Creative work environments that meet an individual student’s needs, such as academic and student support centers
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • Computer, technology, physical education, and health classes
  • Access to the career center
  • Transition services that include on-site job support and collaboration with the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services
  • Application of classroom lessons to real-life experiences and regular participation in educational outings
  • Specialized clinical support services, including:
    • Use of Attachment, Self-Regulation, Competency framework by trauma-informed staff
    • Individual and group counseling provided by a certified school social worker
    • An integrated family component that includes onsite, in-home, and community-based visits
    • Individual treatment plans that include functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans
  • Case management provided in collaboration with outside agencies and team members, such as the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, probation workers, mental health providers, the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Access to CREC John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic for Children and Families
  • Access to school-based health services

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