Department of Mental Health (DMH) Home-Based Services

The Intensive Home Based Therapeutic Care (IHBTC) is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH). The young people identified as benefiting from IHBTC services are those with serious behavioral or mental health challenges who experience multiple out-of-home placements and need consistent therapeutic care to help their families remain together. Families are committed to participating in intensive community-based services with the goal of the youth remaining in or returning to live with the family and community. The array of services available includes intensive family-based treatment in conjunction with episodes of out-of-home care for those youth, youth mentoring, care coordination, crisis support, parent/caregiver education and support, and linkages with formal and informal community resources and supports. Services vary in intensity based upon the needs of each youth and family and are based upon the prioritized needs of the child in order to support success in community settings, including home, school, recreation, community service, and work. The IHBTC program is family-driven, youth guided, and strength-based. The Continuum program serves youth and their families who are referred to the program by either DCF and DMH.

Service Areas

Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham, Foxboro, Hingham, Hull, Medfield, Millis, Milton, Norwell, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, Sharon, Walpole, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood Weymouth, Wrentham.

Funding Source

This program is funded by DCF and DMH.

Contact Information

To request services or make a referral for IHBTC services, please contact our Program Director at 781-556-5341 x501.

The Flexible Support Services program assists families and youth in developing the skills and supports that promote family cohesion and successful community living. This service strengthens the family by successfully engaging the youth and family in focused interventions and therapeutic behavioral supports that enhance youth and family’s communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and limit setting skills; increase effective patterns of family interactions; and assists the family to develop natural supports and identify and access community resources. This support is offered through working with clinicians, therapeutic support specialists and family partners. Clinicians on the team provide a 24/7 on-call crisis support to all families enrolled in the program. Referrals are made through DMH.

Service Areas

Program serves the following towns: Braintree, Carver, Cohasset, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Milton, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, Weymouth.

Funding Source

This program is funded by DMH.

Contact Information

This service must be requested through DMH.

The Mentor Adolescent Action Team (MAAT) Group is a social skills group consisting of an average of six youths and two facilitators. BSCS offers two groups, latency age and an adolescent age, with appropriate curriculum levels. The groups utilize best practice approaches to address how behavioral health needs impact social success. Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT) skills are taught and practiced in each phase. The groups focus on skills related to wellness, life skills, relationships, and problem solving. There is a recreational trip in the community every sixth week. The recreational trip is an opportunity for youths to practice the skills they have learned in the community. The recreational trips may include sports activities, museums, dinner out, bowling, or other activities that the youths suggest. Referrals are made through the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

Funding Source

This program is funded by DMH.

Contact Information

To request services or make a referral for the MAAT program, please contact our Program Director at 857-939-4574.