Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health of Massachusetts and Rhode Island opened in 1965 as part of a large network of treatment facilities also run by Devereux throughout the United States. The boys program located in Rutland, Massachusetts provides trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment models for adolescents and young men between the ages of nine and 21. Programming integrates individual, group and family therapy along with medication management, recreational therapy and special needs education.
Accommodations and Staff
There are 116 beds in total throughout the three campus facilities and two community based housing units. The campus facilities provide bunk style rooms and shared bathrooms and common spaces. As they move through the program, those who are eligible can move to Devereux’s off-campus residences, which are designed to be a form of transitional living.
The campus living facilities have a communal kitchen where meals are prepared for all the clients three times a day, while the off campus residences are set up to teach clients how to prepare their own meals, though Devereux does provide the food.
Treatment and Staff
The boys program is a step-down program, with most clients starting on campus for stabilization, and if they progress through treatment, they move off campus for less intensive treatment. All clients have individualIzed programming, regardless of where they are in treatment and have one-on-one therapy sessions on a weekly basis and several group therapy daily, in addition to continuing their education.
Therapeutic methods include DBT, CBT, a Therapeutic Behavior Step Program, sex education and psychoeducation on chemical dependency. There are also elements of trauma-informed care, aggression replacement therapy and treatment regarding self harm behaviors. Twelve-step recovery principles are also implemented.
The program aims to reduce unsafe behaviors; increase coping skills and stress management; identify and handle psychiatric symptoms; and take next steps in a healthy manner, whether it’s completing age appropriate schooling, or moving onto the next educational level or vocational training.
Treatment programs are implemented by psychiatric nurses, LCSWs, case managers, behavioral specialists, psychologists and special educators. Depending on the age of the client, some are placed in homes that have a staff-to-client ratio of three-to-one or four-to-one.
Family involvement plays an integral role in the success of the clients in the boys program, and there are counseling services offered for family members in an individual setting. There are a number of therapeutic recreational activities, like swimming, animal care, group sports, cooking classes, fitness, ropes course and team building.
Devereux’s boys program in its Massachusetts division uses compassion combined with evidenced-based treatment approaches to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. The programming is aimed to teach boys how to grow into happy and healthy adults armed with all the necessary tools for success and long-term recovery.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Massachusetts & Rhode Island
60 Miles Rd
P.O. Box 219
Rutland, MA 01543-0219
Devereux Massachusetts Boys Residential Cost: Call for details. Some financial assistance may be available. Reach Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Massachusetts & Rhode Island by phone at (508) 886-4746. Find Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Massachusetts & Rhode Island on Facebook
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