Court Support Services
CSSD Quick Links
Court Support Services Division (CSSD) oversees pretrial services,
family services, divorce and domestic violence, probation supervision of
adults and juveniles as well as juvenile residential centers including
Juvenile Detention. CSSD also administers a network of statewide
contracted community providers that deliver treatment and other support
Deane Highway, Wethersfield CT 06109
Stephen Grant, Tel: 860-721-2100, Fax: 860-258-8976
The mission of CSSD is to provide effective support services within the
Judicial Branch by working collaboratively with system stakeholders to
promote compliance with court orders and instill positive change in
individuals, families, and communities.
CSSD is able to accomplish this mission by employing risk
and conflict reduction strategies within each of its service areas:
CSSD Adult Services (Adult Probation and Bail) provides
community supervision services to clients referred by the Courts.
Probation works with clients to change their behavior in a
positive way to enhance community and victim safety, to comply with
their conditions, and to be accountable. The system also provides
client eligibility determinations, program referrals, and program
completion reports for diversionary programs.
(Intake, Assessment, and Referral) provides pre-trial
information to the Court and assistance to released defendants. Bail
Commissioners and IAR Specialists handle pre-trial release and court
appearances as well as arraignment services. Bail staff work to
provide reasonable assurance of a defendantís appearance in Court,
while accounting for the safety of the public.
Family Services (Civil and Criminal) assists courts and clients
to resolve family and interpersonal conflict. Family Civil Court
services assist the Court and clients to resolve family and
interpersonal conflicts with negotiation, mediation, and evaluation and
education services. Family Criminal Court services provide intake
assessment and pre-trial supervision for individuals arrested for family
violence crimes. Additionally, CSSD Family Services contracts with
several service providers who offer programs to defendants that address
domestic violence (Family Violence Education Program, EXPLORE and
Juvenile Probation Services are designed to provide information
to judges, enable monitoring of court-ordered conditions, and provide
services to court-involved children and their families to increase the
chances of successful rehabilitation. The Superior Court for Juvenile
Probation handles the cases of children who, at the time of an alleged
offense, were 17 years old or younger.
CSSD Juvenile Residential Services is responsible for
operating and overseeing voluntary and court-ordered residential
programs/centers designed to meet the needs of juveniles who come into
contact with the juvenile court system. The network of programs and
services include 2 state-operated detention centers, located in
Bridgeport and Hartford, and numerous contracted residential programs.
All programs are designed to balance the development of positive skills
of juveniles with community safety.
Administration is the business arm of the Division that
supports central and field operations as well as coordinating business
activities with other Judicial Branch Divisions. Administration Units
include Facilities and Materials Management; Fiscal and Administrative
Services (Restitution); Information Technology; Grants and Contracts;
Research, Training and Staff Development; and CSSD Human Resources.