Youth Community Crisis Stabilization Program (YCCS)

Youth Community Crisis Stabilization (YCCS) Program is the leading psychiatric stabilization program in the Metro Boston Area

Italian Home for Children is contracted by Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and MBHP as a Community Behavioral Health Center Program to provide Youth Community Crisis Stabilization (YCCS). It is licensed by Department of Mental Health (DMH).


There are two tracks: Children (4 years to 12 years) and adolescents (13 years to 18 years) who need support with significant behavioral health challenges. These may include but are not limited to psychiatric conditions that may result in significant emotional and behavioral challenges. These include, but are not limited to anxiety and depression, mood disorders, attachment challenges, and/or trauma reactions related to singular or multiple events.


Children and youth may be admitted to YCCS when they and/or their environment is unable to keep them safe, when symptoms and behaviors are unsafe, high-risk, and require psychiatric and/or behavioral stabilization. This may be the result of heightened emotional reactivity, suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, trauma reactions, and/or environmental challenges that contribute to feelings and/or experiences of displacement, lack of safety and/or poverty.


Utilizing an interdisciplinary team of professionals (i.e., Program Director, Clinical Director, Residential Counselors, Team Leaders, Social Workers, Clinicians, LPN/RNs, PNMHCS) in a staff secure, community-based program, YCCS will help to assess, stabilize, treat, and develop safe interventions and transferable approaches to skills necessary to be maintained in the community.

This is completed using a philosophy of trauma informed, therapeutically guided, relationally focused treatment. It utilizes evidence-based techniques to stabilize behaviors and optimize safety decision making for children and young people.

Treatment Services include(s): individual and family therapy, group therapy, psychiatry, and psychopharmacological consultation, as well as community care coordination, and discharge planning.


Youth can be referred through emergency services such as local community hospitals and emergency departments, as well as Emergency Service Programs (ESPs) such as Mobile Crisis Units.

To contact the YCCS program, call: 857-772-6697

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