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.
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.
Intensive Group Home
The Intensive Group Home program is a longer term program that works with children ages 4-13 on the Jamaica Plain Campus. Funded through DCF and DMH, this program serves up to 30 children who often have had multiple failed community placements or multiple hospitalizations/CBAT admissions. The program accepts children who have a range of diagnoses including but not limited to PTSD, ADHD, ASD, ODD, Depressive and Mood Disorders, and Adjustments Disorders.
The goal of this program is to reunify the children with identified family members as quickly as possible. All Group Home clients are assigned a Master’s level clinician and provided intensive individual, group, and family therapy throughout the duration of their stay. We work very closely with families to identify tailored treatment needs and necessary natural supports.
Community-Based Acute Treatment (CBAT)
The Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) program is a hospital diversion program that works with up to 18 children ages 4-12. Referrals are made by emergency rooms, crisis teams, and inpatient psychiatric units. The purpose of this program is to provide a thorough diagnostic assessment of the child, stabilize the crisis behaviors, and work closely with the family to determine what is needed for the child to be successful in the community after discharge.
Within our CBAT program, we also have a Transitional Care Unit (TCU), which children can be admitted to if they are stable but need some time to transition to the community. Based on medical necessity criteria, the insurance companies may allow for an additional 30 days to transition. Children are then able to go out to school and do multiple overnight passes prior to officially being discharged home.
Residential Education Program
Italian Home offers Residential-Educational services for children requiring a long-term residential placement and the benefits of a therapeutic day school. The services are similar to those of Intensive Group Home, but these children live on campus and go to school on campus at our Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center. Services provided include milieu treatment, individual therapy, group treatment, spiritual enrichment and recreational activities as well as academics in a small group environment. These placements are embedded in Italian Home’s group home units.
The children in residential educational services have often had multiple school placement disruptions so we are able to provide them with a therapeutic day school in addition to the therapeutic living environment.