OUR MISSION is to help all children with mental and behavioral health needs achieve emotional stability, academic success, and happy and productive lives.

We are the largest provider of child mental health care in Mid-Fairfield County.  Our experienced team of board certified psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical therapists provide individualized, evidence-based treatment services to children struggling with a broad range of mental and behavioral disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and trauma related disorders.

Every year we provide psychiatric and support services to over 500 children and 1,500 family members who live in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Stamford.

Our services include outpatient psychiatric services for children under the age of 19, in-home psychiatric services for families with children under age 6, after-school programs for children who require three hours daily of intensive clinical intervention, and community support services.

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FY 2017 Expense Budget
$3.5 Million
FY 2017 Income Budget
$3.5 Million
FY 2017 Expenses
Gail Melanson, PhD - Executive Director
Gail Melanson has been with the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County since 1996. She earned her master's degree and Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University in New York and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Connecticut.

As Clinical Director, she is responsible for the administration and management of all clinical programs; which includes providing managerial supervision to all program directors and clinical supervision to staff members. She is also involved in program development, staff training, statistical monitoring, and operations management of the Center.
David Sasso, MD, MPH - Medical Director
Dr. Sasso is a board-certified psychiatrist and oversees all psychiatric care at the Center's Outpatient Children's Clinic. He has experience treating a wide range of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric problems through both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological approaches. His expertise includes treatment of anxiety, mood, attention-deficit, autism spectrum, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Sasso is fluent in Spanish and directs the bilingual program at the Center. Dr. Sasso currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center.

Dr. Sasso received his medical and public health degrees from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He completed his adult and child psychiatry training in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University and the Yale Child Study Center, respectively. He served as chief resident at the Yale University Health Service and serves on the College Student committee of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Sasso studied music composition at the Indiana University School of Music.
John Gleckler - Chief Financial Officer
John Gleckler, Licensed C.P.A., joined the Center’s Executive Team as Chief Financial Officer in December 2015. Mr. Gleckler has an extensive background in the health care field and retired as CFO and Senior Vice-President of St. Vincent’s Health Services Corp. after 17 years of service.
Andy Lustbader, MD, MPH - EDT Medical Director
Dr. Lustbader had been with the Center since 1998. He earned his Medical Doctorate degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, and did his training in pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child & adolescent psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is board certified/eligible with the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a co-director of Psychopharmacology and Evaluation at the Yale Child Study Center, and works within pediatric and psychiatric groups at the State level to promote children's mental health.

Dr. Lustbader is responsible for overseeing all psychiatric patient care at the Center's Extended Day Treatment program. He conducts psychiatric evaluations, participates in treatment planning conferences, prescribes and monitors medication for patients, and plans with hospitals regarding children going into the hospital and returning to the community. He provides supervision and/or consultation to staff where medical expertise is indicated and participates in staff development programs.
Mary Alice Delagrange, LCSW - Director, Extended Day Treatment Program
Mary Alice Delagrange is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Delagrange has been involved in Extended Day programming for over 16 years and has been fortunate enough to be a member of the Extended Day Treatment statewide training committee for the past ten years. Ms. Delagrange joined the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County as the Director of PROSPECTS Extended Day Treatment (EDT) program in February 2016 and is responsible for clinical and administrative oversight including supervision and training to all EDT employees, program development, quality assurance activities and collaboration with community providers.

Ms. Delagrange has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), and IICAPS. Ms. Delegrange is a trainer in Risking Connection®, which teaches a relational framework and skills for working with survivors of traumatic experiences. The focus is on relationship as healing, and on self-care for service providers.
Shannon Queiroga, MA, LPC - Director, Child First
Shannon Queiroga is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years’ experience providing behavioral health treatment to young children and their families. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Community-Clinical Psychology from the University of New Haven and her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Mrs. Queiroga’s clinical focus is on the youngest children (0-8) and their families. She has worked in both outpatient and in-home settings providing an array of psychotherapeutic interventions including individual and dyadic play therapy, family therapy, and Trauma-Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP) to those who experience a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as those who have experienced significant trauma and early attachment issues. In addition, Mrs. Queiroga has experience conducting evaluations assessing for various developmental and psychological disorders. She has worked in various areas of the state and has been with Child First in Norwalk since 2013; she was appointed Clinical Director of the Child First program in January 2015 and also has a private practice.
Moyosore Mickens - Director, System of Care
Moyosore Mickens is a licensed clinical social worker and personal fitness trainer committed to supporting individuals, families and communities through the process of change. For over fifteen years, she has applied her combined training to help clients navigate life's various challenges and promote physical and mental health. She has conducted this work in various settings and social service agencies such as schools, foster care programs, prisons and domestic violence prevention programs and mental health clinics.

She completed both her undergraduate and MSW at Hunter College in New York City where she is also currently an adjunct lecturer.
Cheryl Entwisle - Director, Electronic Medical Records & Systems
Ms. Entwisle has worked in the managed health care industry for over 20 years and has been employed at Mid-Fairfield since 1999. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Stonehill College in 1989 and master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of New Haven in 1991.

Ms. Entwisle is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Center's CareLogic electronic medical records system. She is also responsible for the Center's computer networks and computing platforms.
Marissa Mangone - Director, Business Development
Marissa Mangone has served as the Director of Business Development since spring of 2014. She brings over 12 years of non-profit executive experience to the Center and is responsible for the planning and implementation of all fundraising and grant-related activities.

Ms. Mangone earned a degree in Political Science from Sacred Heart University and began her career as Legislative Aide for former State Senator Robert Genuario. She began her non- profit work when she joined the Human Services Council, a Norwalk-based non-profit where she was responsible for community outreach and prevention programming.

Ms. Mangone also served as Executive Director of the Trackside Teen Center in Wilton, CT where she was responsible for the day-to- day operations of the Center, as well as strategic planning, youth programming, and fundraising.
Segundo Ruiz, Director - Facilities & Administration
Segundo Ruiz joined The Child Guidance Center in the fall of 2015. Mr. Ruiz brings 20 plus years of experience in IT and Office Management. He is responsible for managing the day to day operations of all three facilities that comprise The Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County. In addition to facilities, Mr. Ruiz is responsible for office administration, including front desk operations, scheduling, client transportation, and office equipment.
The Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.  Donations are tax-deductable as allowed by law.

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Outpatient Mental Health Services for Children and Families.
Serving the towns of Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Darien, and Stamford.