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Key Chosen to Provide Children's Behavioral Health Initiative Services!

What is the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative?


Mission

The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative is an interagency initiative of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services whose mission is to strengthen, expand, and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school, and community.

Vision

The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative places the family and child at the center of our service delivery system and will build an integrated system of behavioral health services that meets the individual needs of the child and family. 

Strategic Priorities

  1. Increase timely access to appropriate services
  2. Expand array of community-based services
  3. Reduce health disparities
  4. Promote clinical best practice and innovation
  5. Establish an integrated behavioral health system across state agencies
  6. Strengthen, expand, and diversify workforce
  7. Mutual accountability, transparency, and continuous quality improvement

Who is Eligible?

Youth under the age of 21 who are identified as having a serious emotional disturbance.

Who can make Referrals?

Referrals can be made by a family member, physician, therapist, school, out-patient mental health clinic, self-referral, and a Community Service Agency.

What Services Key was Selected to Provide?

In Central Massachusetts

THERAPEUTIC MENTORING is provided to youth in any setting where the youth resides such as the home or a foster home and in other community settings such as a school. A Bachelor's level therapeutic mentor addresses the youth's daily living, social and communication skills. Services include supporting, coaching and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, skill-building, conflict resolution and relating appropriately to other youth and adults.

IN-HOME THERAPY SERVICES consists of In-Home Therapy provided by a licensed master’s level clinician and Therapeutic Training and Support provided by a BA level staff.  Services include: a behavioral health assessment, development of a treatment plan; individual and family therapy; implementation of the treatment plan.

For accessing these services contact Kara Ludy-Speight, M.A., CAGS at (508) 757-8009 or by email at kludy@key.org.

Children's Charter

IN-HOME THERAPY SERVICES consists of In-Home Therapy provided by a licensed master’s level clinician and Therapeutic Training and Support provided by a BA level staff.  Services include: a behavioral health assessment, development of a treatment plan; individual and family therapy; implementation of the treatment plan.

For accessing this service contact Paula Stahl at (781) 894-4325.

In Northeast Massachusetts

THERAPEUTIC MENTORING is provided to youth in any setting where the youth resides such as the home or a foster home and in other community settings such as a school.  A Bachelor’s level therapeutic mentor addresses the youth’s daily living, social and communication skills.  Services include supporting, coaching and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, skill-building, conflict resolution and relating appropriately to other youth and adults.

IN-HOME THERAPY SERVICES consists of In-Home Therapy provided by a licensed master’s level clinician and Therapeutic Training and Support provided by a BA level staff.  Services include: a behavioral health assessment, development of a treatment plan; individual and family therapy; implementation of the treatment plan.

For accessing these services contact Susanne Spitale, M.Ed. at (978) 685-0194 or email at sspitale@key.org.

In Southeastern, Massachusetts

THERAPEUTIC MENTORING is provided to youth in any setting where the youth resides such as the home or a foster home and in other community settings such as a school.  A Bachelor’s level therapeutic mentor addresses the youth’s daily living, social and communication skills.  Services include supporting, coaching and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, skill-building, conflict resolution and relating appropriately to other youth and adults.

For accessing this service contact Patricia St. Germain, M.A., LSW at (508) 675-0763 or email pstgermain@key.org.

In Western Massachusetts

THERAPEUTIC MENTORING is provided to youth in any setting where the youth resides such as the home or a foster home and in other community settings such as a school.  A Bachelor’s level therapeutic mentor addresses the youth’s daily living, social and communication skills.  Services include supporting, coaching and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, skill-building, conflict resolution and relating appropriately to other youth and adults.

IN-HOME BEHAVIORAL SERVICES are delivered by one or more members of a team consisting of a master’s level clinician – the Behavior Management Therapist – and a BA level Behavior Management Monitor.  This service is designed to treat challenging behaviors that interfere with the youth’s successful functioning at home and in the community.  Specific service components include: behavioral assessment; development of a specific behavior plan; implementation of the behavior plan.

IN-HOME THERAPY SERVICES consists of In-Home Therapy provided by a licensed master’s level clinician and Therapeutic Training and Support provided by a BA level staff.  Services include: a behavioral health assessment, development of a treatment plan; individual and family therapy; implementation of the treatment plan.

For accessing the above three services, contact Dr. Michael Goodwin at (413) 733-3113, ext. 1 or by email at mgoodwin@key.org.

 

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