in a strength-based philosophy, Key focuses on unlocking
the potential of youth and families. Through a variety
of residential and non-residential program models and
settings, Key provides direct services each day to over
600 adolescents from the child welfare, mental health,
juvenile justice, and educational systems. We create
opportunities for those in our various programs to learn
new skills and approaches to problem solving.
Examples of available services and activities can include:
- family support services
- comprehensive case management
- collateral contacts
- mentoring/role modeling
- community supervision
- educational advocacy
- wellness and acute care advocacy and education
- building healthy relationships
- basic needs assistance
- mental health services
- vocational advocacy and assessment
- socialization/leisure activities
- life skills education/activities
- hygiene/personal care
- sexuality/pregnancy prevention
- violence prevention activities
- substance abuse education
- substance abuse treatment planning
- transportation assistance
- tutoring and homework
- school/work attendance monitoring
- parenting skills training
- peer leadership activities
- community mapping
Information about our programs, outcomes, and locations
can be viewed on the Web site or can be downloaded
in a single PDF.
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Key's approach has always been to develop a creative
plan that capitalizes on the family's strengths and
one which involves all those in a child's life.
Family and child involvement. No plan
is made for the family without total family involvement.
It's as simple as that. Families succeed when they have
a stake in their own planning and outcomes.
Strength and assessment. Key's focus
is building on the family's existing strengths, resources,
and supports. Once barriers to progress are identified,
Key assists the family in finding the best way to use
their strengths and resources to remove barriers - and
how to deal with those that might arise in the future.
Team approach. All families and children
are serviced by a team of professionals, allowing them
to build close relationships with several different
individuals. Key also involves everyone in the child's
and family's life, including community members, friends,
extended family members, and any others who the family
identifies as a support.
Since its founding in 1974 Key has a track record of
reshaping the lives of youth and families. Key believes
that all individuals and families in its programs benefit
from community support-oriented programs that emphasize
an integrated approach to a person's social, emotional,
and educational needs.
Since its inception, Key has helped thousands of youth
and their families progress through the child welfare,
mental health, juvenile justice, and education systems.
out how you can become part of our team, how our
programs have helped thousands of youth and families,
and how we are viewed by funding and social service
Key is An experience for a lifetimeT for our
staff and our clients.
Key's direct-service programs fall into two general
categories: non-residential and residential.
programs include our:
Intensive in-home, wrap-around
models (Outreach & Tracking, Enhanced Family Support, and Family Support Centers)
Community Services Program
A full array of licensed, out-patient mental
health clinic services
Our residential programs fall
into three broad categories:
In addition to our non-residential and residential
programs, Key provides care coordination functions for
Massachusetts's child welfare population. Key was one
of the very first social service agencies to be selected
as a Lead Agency for managing the care of child welfare
placements and in-home populations. Key is responsible
for clinical oversight, quality assurance, data information
systems, and program support.
All Key's models are based on a philosophy that emphasizes
the critical role of the family in the lives of the
youth entrusted to our care. Key defines family in the
broadest sense in that it may include biological parents,
relatives, a friend, or other positive healthy adults.
Staff within our non-residential models have a caseload
of no more than 10 and all residential models are community-based
with a population that averages 12 youth.