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Programs

Programs

The Deaconess Home has several sites that are specifically designed to meet the specific needs of each young woman and her family. There are also services that are provided and have been designed to expand these services into the family’s home and community. The Deaconess Home understands the importance of family involvement for the success of each young woman; therefore, the program identifies and works with families prior to intake, throughout placement, and after discharge.

The goal of the program is to provide a setting that will allow the girls to work on issues that have brought them into placement and help them find alternative coping skills.

Group Home
Intensive Group Home
Pre-Independent Living
Residential Education
Support & Stabilization
Referrals
Serving Young Women 11-22

The group home level of care is designed to assist young women who are transitioning from a higher level of care or who are entering placement and are not demonstrating a high level of acuity. They are able to safely access the community with supports. These young women and their families require supports to be successful with community-based services and activities, education, health care and resources. They come from various backgrounds and benefit from an environment that focuses on community integration, work, school and developing skills to live in a home or independent living environment.

Services Include:

Educational Services

  • Daily Check-ins to provide academic and social support
  • Afterschool homework time with tutorial services
  • Case coordination with public school personnel, including teachers and adjustment counselors
  • Advocacy on behalf of youth and families in order to meet educational needs
  • Assisting with post-secondary educational needs – financial aid, college applications, college tours as well as other training and educational opportunities


  • Vocational Services

  • Transitional Age Youth program along with Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA) courses offered on-site
  • Assist in search for volunteer and employment opportunities within the community
  • Assisting with career planning and exploring short and long term vocational goals


  • Case Management Services

  • Case Coordination services including facilitation of meetings with families, advocacy and identifying community resources
  • Specialized Clinical Groups designed to meet varying needs
  • Connecting youth to clinical services within the community, such as individual and group counseling and Psychiatric services.
  • Connecting youth to services within the community – Mass Rehab, DMH Adult Services, Transitional Assistance, Housing etc.


  • Health Services

  • Coordination of all physical, dental, vision and specialized care needs
  • Teach youth to order, pick up and safely self-administer medications
  • Scheduling and transportation to medical appointments
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring provided on-site until community-based services begin
  • Nutritional education in accordance the Massachusetts and national standards
  • Assisting youth to understand their mental health needs and teaching how to access these resources in the community


  • Milieu Services

  • Teaching youth realistic life skills such as preparing a healthy menu, shopping, cooking, budgeting, personal hygiene routines and accessing community resources
  • Daily recreation to promote health, self-esteem, and develop interest in healthy, age-appropriate activities
  • Individualized behavior plans – designed to meet specific needs for youth working towards reunification and/or living independently
  • Serving Young Women 11-22

    Deaconess has provided intensive group home services for over 10 years, providing services that support youth and their families in an out-of-home placement. The youth who are referred to this level of care are often unable to safely access the community without a higher level of supervision. The program provides supervision, behavioral supports, and structure in order to assist youth to develop self-regulation skills to keep themselves and others safe; all along working with families to be a part of their child’s treatment and implementing skills and techniques learned in the program in their home, school setting and the community.

    Services Include:

    Educational Services

  • Daily Check-ins to provide academic and social support
  • Afterschool homework time with tutorial services
  • Case coordination with public school personnel, including teachers and adjustment counselors
  • Planning for post-secondary education and training
  • Advocacy on behalf of youth and families in order to meet educational needs
  • Attending IEP and educational meetings, assuring youths academic and social needs are met


  • Vocational Services

  • Transitional Age Youth program along with Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA) courses offered on-site
  • Assist in search for volunteer and employment opportunities within the community
  • Exploring vocational interests and options through daily program activities


  • Clinical Services

  • Case Management services including facilitation of meetings with families, advocacy and identifying community resources
  • Individual therapy along with Specialized Clinical Groups designed to meet varying needs
  • Family Therapy provided on-site, at home and within the community which includes parents, siblings and other identified supports
  • Connecting youth and families to community-based resources and supports in their home community
  • Occupational therapy including individual assessment and specialized groups.


  • Health Services

  • Coordination of all physical, dental, vision and specialized care needs
  • Scheduling and transportation to medical appointments Working with youth and families to understand and address mental health vs. physical health needs
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring provided on-site
  • Nutritional education in accordance the Massachusetts and national standards


  • Milieu Services

  • Teaching youth realistic life skills such as preparing a healthy menu, shopping, cooking, budgeting, personal hygiene routines and accessing community resources, public transportation, paid and volunteer work sites
  • Daily recreation to promote health, self-esteem, and develop interest in healthy, age-appropriate activities
  • Individualized behavior plans
  • Serving Young Women 16.5-22

    The group home level of care is designed to assist young women who are transitioning from a higher level of care or who are entering placement with the goal of living independently. They are able to safely access the community with supports and learn to do so independently.These young women require supports to be successful with community based services, education, health care and resources. They come from various backgrounds and benefit from an environment that focuses on community integration, work, school and developing skills to live in a home or an independent living environment.

    Services Include:

    Educational Services

  • Daily check-ins to provide academic and social support
  • Afterschool homework time with tutorial services
  • Case coordination with public school personnel, including teachers and adjustment counselors
  • Advocacy on behalf of youth and families in order to meet educational needs
  • Assist with college applications and alternative education plans
  • Assist with post-secondary educational needs – identifying educational options for continued success


  • Vocational Services

  • Transitional Age Youth program along with Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA) courses offered on-site
  • Assist in search for volunteer and employment opportunities within the community
  • Assisting with career planning and exploring short and long-term vocational goals


  • Clinical Services

  • Case Management services including facilitation of meetings with families, advocacy and identifying community resources
  • Connecting youth to clinical services within the community such as individual, psychiatric and group counseling


  • Health Services

  • Teaching youth how to schedule and follow through with medical and dental appointments
  • Teach youth to order, pick up, and safely self-administer medication
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring provided on-site until community-based resources begin
  • Nutritional education in accordance the Massachusetts and national standards
  • Assisting youth to understand their mental health needs and teaching how to access these resources in the community


  • Milieu / Life-Skills Services

  • Teaching youth realistic life skills such as preparing a healthy menu, shopping, cooking, budgeting, personal hygiene routines, public transportation and accessing community resources
  • Daily recreation to promote health, self-esteem, and develop interest in healthy, age-appropriate activities
  • Individualized behavior plans – designed to meet specific needs for youth working towards living independently
  • Serving Young Women 11-22

    The Residential Educational component of the program is unique from other programs. The program offers three different components, housed separately, offering services designed to integrate youth back into the community while continuing to provide community-based services: a staff-secure, structured component working with youth who display acute behaviors and two less-restrictive group home settings, allowing for youth to readily access community-based activities while transitioning into a public school setting, while continuing to attend our school.Deaconess is able to offer a variety of services to youth in the residential educational program, therefore, reducing the amount of transitions for youth, allowing youth and families to continue to work with the same clinical, managerial and administrative team while preparing for reunification.

    Services Include:

    Educational Services

  • Certified Special Education teachers trained to meet IEP and 504 plan needs
  • Small classroom size, providing more individual attention to students
  • Daily Check-ins to provide academic and social support
  • Afterschool homework time with tutorial services
  • Offering credit recovery options
  • Case coordination with public school personnel, including teachers and adjustment counselors
  • Advocacy on behalf of youth and families in order to meet educational needs
  • Assist in transition to community-based school setting


  • Vocational Services

  • Transitional Age Youth program along with Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA) courses offered on-site
  • Assist with volunteer and employment opportunities within the community
  • Exploring future vocational interests and options through daily recreational activities


  • Clinical Services

  • Case Management services including facilitation of meetings with families, advocacy and identifying community resources
  • Individual therapy along with Specialized Clinical Groups designed to meet varying needs
  • Family Therapy provided on-site, at home and within the community which includes parents, siblings and other identified supports
  • Occupational therapy including individual assessment and specialized groups


  • Health Services

  • Coordination of all physical, dental, vision and specialized care needs
  • Scheduling and transportation to medical appointments
  • Nursing clinic on-site to provide basic health care needs
  • Working with youth and families to understand and address mental health vs. physical health needs
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring provided on-site
  • Nutritional education in accordance the Massachusetts and national standards


  • Milieu Services

  • Teaching youth realistic life skills such as preparing a healthy menu, shopping, cooking, budgeting, personal hygiene routines and accessing community resources
  • Daily recreation to promote health, self-esteem, and develop interest in healthy, age-appropriate activities
  • Individualized behavior plans
  • Utilizing sensory integration techniques to support youth to learn to self-regulate and identify safe and appropriate coping skills
  • Serving Young Women 11-22

    *Fostering Independence and Making Life-Long Connections

    Support and Stabilization services are designed to provide trauma informed care and services to youth and families to meet individualized needs. The goal of services is to stabilize youth in their homes, community, and schools, assist with reunification from out-of-home placements, support youth in their current foster care placement as well as providing services to Transitional Aged Youth. Services are designed to empower youth and families to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, utilizing natural resources to support and maintain families and individuals in the community. Services vary in intensity and frequency depending on the needs of the youth and family. Upon intake, youth and families work with a support specialist to design the treatment that will allow for the most success and progress.

    Services Include:

    Educational Services

  • Afterschool homework time with tutorial services
  • Case coordination with public school personnel, including teachers and adjustment counselors
  • Planning for post-secondary education and training
  • Advocacy on behalf of youth and families in order to meet educational needs
  • Daily Check-ins to provide academic and social support


  • Vocational Services

  • Connecting youth and families to community-based resources and supports in their home community


  • Health Services

  • Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA) courses offered
  • Assist in search for volunteer and employment opportunities within the community
  • Coordination of all physical, dental, vision and specialized care needs
  • Scheduling and transportation to medical appointments
  • Working with youth and families to understand and address mental health vs. physical health needs


  • Milieu Services

  • Case Management services including facilitation of meetings with families, advocacy and identifying community resources
  • Teaching youth realistic life skills such as preparing a healthy menu, shopping, cooking, budgeting, personal hygiene routines and accessing community resources, public transportation, paid and volunteer work sites
  • Recreational activities to promote health, self-esteem, and develop interest in healthy, age-appropriate activities
  • Youth & Parent Support/Mentoring
  • Individualized behavior plans
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Parent Aide
  • Activities and on-going support to siblings
  • Addressing immigration issues/needs
  • Addressing housing needs
  • Connecting youth and families to community-based resources; transitional assistance, SNAP program, mental health and medical services, housing, legal aid etc.
  • Respite services
  • Each program provides unique opportunities and meets specific needs of young women and her family. Referrals may be made to any one of the programs offered at the Fall River Deaconess Home. Please feel free to call Hilda Moniz at 508-674-4847 with any questions or send referrals directly to:

    Hilda Moniz, LCSW
    Deputy Executive Director
    Email: hildam@deaconesshome.org
    Phone: (508) 674-4847