The CHD Adolescent Treatment Program is a three to six month, secure residential treatment program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) that provides a wide array of clinical treatment, educational, residential and pre-vocational services to up to 15 boys at a time, age 11 to 18, who are committed to the Department of Youth Services (DYS).
Many of the youth entering the program are faced with a myriad of issues such as mental illness, aggression, substance abuse, family dysfunction, gang involvement, under level academic performance, low self-esteem, lack of basic life skills, poverty and other issues often related to their being victims of abuse or neglect. The boys entering the program are nearing the end of the DYS continuum of services and are close to returning to their families and communities.
The CHD Adolescent Treatment Program plays a vital role in preparing the youth and their families for a successful transition back to their home by providing them with numerous intensive services such as individual and family therapy, life skills and anger management groups, substance abuse treatment, positive recreational activities, educational and pre-vocational testing, counseling and direction, pre-employment training and job shadowing opportunities. The CHD Adolescent Treatment Program is a "closed referral program," which means the youths need to be referred into the program from a state agency, such as DYS.