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_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The Children's Charter Division of The Key Program, Inc. Awarded $5,000 Grant

from the Foundation for MetroWest's Youth in Philanthropy Program




Children’s Charter, a Waltham based division of the Key Program, Inc., was one of two Waltham based agencies selected by the Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy program to be awarded a $5,000 grant. Children’s Charter is an outpatient mental health clinic that specializes in working with emotional, physical, and sexual trauma. Serving the MetroWest community since 1985, Children’s Charter provides mental health treatment to over 400 children, adolescents, adults and families annually. Funding will be used to train clinicians to provide groups for children and adolescents with sexual trauma histories who are exhibiting challenging behaviors. The program aims to provide them with the skills and tools they need to remain in their homes and communities, rather than be placed in institutional care. More information can be found at or by contacting Children’s Charter directly at 781-894-4307.

About the Foundation for MetroWest

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. We promote philanthropy, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits, and enhance the quality of life for community residents. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted $14 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $18 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact. To learn more, please visit or call 508-647-2260.


Key's Rhode Island Regional Programs Received CARF International Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that Key’s Rhode Island regional programs, the Semi-Independent Living Program, the Girls Assessment Center, and the Enhanced Family Support Services (EFSS) program have received their third, Three-Year CARF International Accreditation.  By pursuing and achieving this accreditation, these programs have demonstrated that they meet international standards for quality and are committed to pursuing excellence.

Text Box:  CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous quality improvement of services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.  Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an agency and shows Key’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.  An agency receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process.  It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

The entire agency congratulates the Rhode Island Key Program staff team.  Receiving CARF accreditation underscores their dedication to the important work we do every day and it demonstrates our staff’s commitment to Key’s mission – To assist troubled youth and their families with developing positive life skills and life experiences so that they may pursue productive and rewarding lives.


6th Annual Deborah Feldstein Bartfeld Memorial Scholarship Event

On August 26, 2015, Key and Key’s Alternative’s for Youth Foundation (AYF) held its Sixth Annual Deborah Feldstein Bartfeld Memorial (DFB) Scholarship Event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, MA. 

The Deborah Feldstein Bartfeld Memorial Scholarship fund is designed to award scholarships to individuals enrolled in a formal MSW or other graduate mental health counseling program and who have demonstrated commitment to the field of social work/child welfare; specifically with “multi-stressed  youth and families.”

The goals of the clinical scholarship program are:

  • To provide a monetary award that makes a meaningful contribution to the recipient’s education; 
  • To establish a long-term relationship with the recipients; and
  • To enhance Key’s clinical resources.

Since the inception of the DFB Memorial Scholarship in 2004, AYF has awarded 294 graduate school scholarships totaling over $1 million. For the 2015-2016 academic year, AYF granted $135,000 to 38 new recipients and $40,100 to 11 second year recipients.

Our non-Key scholarship recipients for the 2015-2016 academic year joined President William Lyttle; one of our AYF Scholarship Subcommittee Board Members, Hope Haslam Straughan; Key’s Management Team and some of Key’s clinical staff for a luncheon.  The primary purpose of this annual event is to share information about Key’s history, mission, programs, clinical services and future clinical needs. Additionally; recipients were able to network with other graduate students and Key staff to discuss their own career plans, internships, field placements and volunteer opportunities.  Graduate-level internship opportunities are reviewed in the Internship tab on Key’s website.     

Our Clinical Panel was once again the highlight of the event.  The panel was made up of five clinical staff from across the Agency; Nancy Fillio, LICSW, Boston University (Regional Clinical Director, Northeast Region), Michael Murray, CAGS Mental Health Counseling, Springfield College (Regional Clinical Supervisor, Western Region), Lynn Meehan, LICSW, Boston University, (Regional Program Supervisor, Southeast Region), Kelley Ryan, LMHC, CAGS Mental Health Counseling, Rhode Island College (Clinical Supervisor/Triple P Manager, Rhode Island Region) and Jessie Gadd, LICSW, MSW, University of New Hampshire (Clinician, CBHI, Northeast Region). The panelists spoke about their own clinical careers, roles and experiences at Key and then took questions from the audience.   

Thank you to all our Key staff who helped to make the event a success!


2015-2016 New Scholarship Recipients (Non-Key):  
Jalessa Bell MSW, Boston University
Nancy Bisceglia MSW, Bridgewater State University
Celeste Brown MSW, Boston University
Rebecca Chernek MSW, Boston University
Scott Clark

MSW, Boston University

Claire Comeau MSW, Simmons University
Carlie Currier MSW, Boston University
Sara Edwards MS Counseling Psychology, Assumption College
Jane Farrell MSW, Simmons College
Kelsey Gilbert MSW, Bridgewater State University
Nichole Gomes MSW, Bridgewater State University
Jenna Halloran MSW, Simmons University
Laura Heller MSW, Boston University
Alexandra Iani MSW, Simmons University
Susannah Matthews MSW, Simmons University
Silvia Mendez MSW, Simmons University
Brookeita Payne MSW, Wheelock College
Justine Podurgiel

MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling,
Springfield College

Brittany Suprenard Orlandi MSW, Salem State University
Sedale Williams Doctor of Psychology, Springfield College


 The DFB scholarship is also available to Key's supervisory and direct care staff (both former and current employees). The following employees received awards:  

2015-2016 New Scholarship Recipients (Current and Former Key Employees)

JeanPaul Ahearn
Central Region

MS Mental Health Counseling, Fitchburg State University

Natalie Balletta

Northeast Region

MSW, Boston University

Alixandra Boucher

Northeast Region

MS Mental Health Counseling, University of Pennsylvania

Courtney Flanagan

Rhode Island Region

MSW, Rhode Island College

Daritza Francisco

Northeast Region

MS Mental Health Counseling, University of Pennsylvania

Allison Hajjar
Northeast Region
MSW, Boston College
Jacy Howard
Northeast Region
MS Mental Health & School Adjustment Counseling, Cambridge College

Julian Lind
Northeast Region
MSW, Salem State University

Amanda Muise
Northeast Region
MSW, Simmons College
Stacey Miner
Southeast Region
MS Mental Health Counseling, UMass Dartmouth
Amanda Robbins
Northeast Region
MSW, Boston University
Keith Stanley
Northeast Region
MSW, Salem State University
Katherine Wadsworth
Berkshire Region
MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Springfield College
Kristin White
Southeast Region
MSW, Bridgewater State University
Joshua Ziolo
Central Region
MS Mental Health Counseling, Lesley University


Congratulations to all our scholarship recipients. Wishing you all a successful academic year! 





Scholarship Recipients in group discussion with AYF Board Member,
Hope Haslam Straughan

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients Attending the Event with William Lyttle, President

















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