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Children's Behavioral Health Services

Provided at home and in the community.

Children’s Behavioral Health Services are designed to help children, adolescents, and their families.

Part of the Massachusetts Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), these therapeutic services help youth age 3-20 with developmental and mental health issues, including youth with multiple diagnoses. Our clinicians combine evidence-based practices with a personalized approach to support the whole family while helping the child learn to communicate effectively, manage emotions, and thrive at home, in school, and in the community. 

Our CBHI services are covered by the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), Tufts Network Health, and Beacon MassHealth. For children with qualifying diagnoses who are not covered by one of these plans, JF&CS helps parents complete the correct insurance application process. Private-pay services are also available.

JF&CS Children’s Behavioral Health Services are offered in locations throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, subject to clinician availability.

“The clinician and bachelors level staff both work with me to help develop my coping skills and it’s really working. I’ve been in a lot of therapy but these two make sure I get what I need. They talk to me and help me work on my relationship with my mom, which is hard for me.” - Client

Three Distinct Programs

In-Home Behavioral Services

In-Home Behavioral Services (IHBS) help children improve their behavior by building communication skills and teaching strategies for self-regulation. This service treats behaviors associated with a range of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental disabilities, and more. We specialize in creating behavior plans, coaching family members, and collaborating with others involved in the child’s care. Behavior plans are guided by several evidence-based practices including:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
  • Picture Exchange Communication (PECS)
  • Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)
  • Functional Communication Training (FCT)
  • Precision Teaching (PT)
  • Incidental Teaching

In-Home Therapy

In-Home Therapy (IHT) aims to improve the child’s mental health while strengthening the family. Children receiving IHT are often experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts or self-injury, trauma reactions, and other mental health issues. IHT fosters a strength-based therapeutic relationship between the clinical team and the entire family. While addressing the youth’s behavioral and emotional issues, IHT improves the family’s ability to provide support and promotes healthy family functioning.

In-Home Therapy helps the youth and family with:

  • Problem solving
  • Limit setting
  • Communication skills
  • Positive patterns of interaction
  • Accessing community resources
  • Developing and maintaining natural supports

Therapeutic Mentoring

Therapeutic Mentors provide one-on-one support in the community for youth with social/emotional or behavioral difficulties. The mentoring relationship helps youth develop new communication and social skills in settings where they spend time, including home, school, youth centers, and other community locations. Targeted skills are identified by a referring therapist. Intensively trained and supervised, Therapeutic Mentors are typically young adults who can relate well to their clients.

Therapeutic Mentoring services include:

  • Coaching and support to help develop age-appropriate behaviors 
  • Building communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills 
  • Raising awareness of social media safety 
  • Encouraging creative activity as a coping strategy
  • Helping youth access community resources, such as public transportation, the library, recreation centers, and parks

Referral for Therapeutic Mentoring must be made by an In-Home Therapy team, outpatient therapist, or Intensive Care Coordinator from a Community Service Agency.

For more information, please fill out our inquiry form or contact the Intake Coordinator at 978-741-7878.

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