Residential Programming at Italian Home for Children is accredited and licensed as a 24/7 support for a child with mental health concerns, high-risk behaviors, trauma histories, and/or developmental challenges who needs a variety of therapies in a structured co-ed environment. We offer longer term care for average of 6-12 months, short term care for average of 1-2 weeks, and overnight/weekend respite at our Jamaica Plain campus to help with safety and stabilization. Longer term and overnight/weekend respite are also offered at our East Freetown campus.
Our main goal is to provide quality interventions that lead to the child returning to or obtaining a permanent home. Italian Home engages the whole family in treatment, whenever possible, to build the skills needed to strengthen their communication and interactions. The entire team, including natural supports, are engaged during a child’s stay so as to prevent further disruptions, such as canceled adoptions, foster placement changes, acute hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and other out of home placements. The child is viewed as an individual with his or her own personal strengths, successes, resiliencies, and areas for improvement. Hence, the assessment and treatment plans are tailored and treated as unique plans for each child. Treatment goals focus on decreasing maladaptive behaviors while increased prosocial skills and higher functioning and independence.
This campus provides residential treatment services of varying durations for up to 48 children. Services offered include milieu treatment, individual therapy, focused group treatment, spiritual enrichment, and intensive family treatment. The programs aim for family preservation and permanency planning.
Our two homes in East Freetown provide community-based residential treatment services for a total of 18 children. Services offered include milieu treatment, individual therapy, focused group treatment, intensive family treatment and family preservation services. Services are delivered through the Intensive Group Home model and all children attend local public schools. Follow Along services and weekend/vacation respite are offered to families to provide assistance as children transition back to their homes and communities.