Coastal and Plymouth Emergency Residences

Formerly know as the Stabilization, Treatment and Rapid Reunification (STARR) programs

BSCS’ Coastal and Plymouth Emergency Residences are funded by the MA Department of Children and Families (DCF) to provide emergency shelter to youth (ages 12-18) who need emergency housing, clinical supports, medical care, educational advocacy, and crisis support.

This program is only for youth referred from DCF. The youth in the Emergency Residences may be experiencing homelessness, abuse and neglect, behavioral crisis and/or substance use or misuse.

In close collaboration with DCF, the BSCS multi-disciplinary team will provide twenty-four-hour care for youth and work with the youth and family to:

  • Complete a comprehensive assessment
  • Identify goals and vision and provide the clinical supports to obtain these goals
  • Provide resources and referrals
  • Offer individual and group counseling
  • Provide opportunities for recreational activities
  • Assist youth to further their independent living skills.

While the youth is in the Emergency Residence program, staff will coordinate communication between DCF, families, therapists, schools, courts, and any other outside providers involved in the youth’s treatment plan.

BSCS Wellness Policy

Donate to Emergency Residences
  • 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 Coastal and Plymouth Emergency Residences are family centered and youth focused. The program has two Master’s level clinicians trained in family work. The Coastal and Plymouth Emergency Residences believes that working with each youth’s family is an integral part of placement. 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 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.


The Coastal and Plymouth Emergency Residences 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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