Short-Term Assessment & Rapid Reunification (STARR)

Adolescent Residential Emergency Services

BSCS is proud to provide residential services through the Caring Together Initiative with two locations on the South Shore. We utilize evidence-based and trauma-informed practices to serve youth and families involved in our care. Our residential programs provide a comprehensive, clinically sophisticated service, which is strength based, youth guided, and family focused. Our programs are designed to develop services to support the focal needs identified by the youth, family, and referral agencies.

STARR is a short-term treatment and rapid reunification program (STARR) for adolescents ages 12-17 who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Referrals to the program are made by DCF. The length of stay varies depending on the needs of each youth and family. While the youth is at STARR, program staff will coordinate communication between DCF, families, therapists, schools, courts, and any other outside providers involved in the youth’s treatment plan. STARR recognizes that each adolescent and family is in a unique situation and strives to meet his/her individual needs.

STARR provides twenty-four-hour care for youth in placement. This includes fulfilling basic needs, providing individual and group counseling, promoting a variety of recreational activities, and assisting adolescents to further their independent living skills. We encourage youth to maintain their connections with the community as well as develop new, life-long supports.

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  • Clinical Assessment
  • Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA)
  • Skills Assessment
  • Treatment Interventions
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Counseling
  • Aftercare Planning
  • Milieu Therapy
  • Educational Support


The STARR program is family centered and youth focused. The program has two Master’s level clinicians trained in family work. STARR believes that working with each youth’s family is an integral part of placement at the STARR. The program works with families, youth, and DCF in developing the goals of each youth’s stay. Staff are available to support the youth and family during meetings and visits.


For youth enrolled in school, the STARR staff will coordinate with community liaisons to arrange transportation to school. DCF and the family will develop an educational plan for youth who are not currently enrolled in school. Participation in school and/or tutoring is an integral component of the program.


STARR provides a variety of daily groups, both formal and informal. These groups are designed to assist adolescents with enhancing their social skills as well as providing them with information to assist in making healthy life choices.

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