Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Services

Centerpoint

Centerpoint is a 16-bed, intensive residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed adolescent males. It is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

Centerpoint's primary mission is the treatment, rehabilitation, and safe reintegration back into society of adolescent males with mental illness and challenging behaviors.

Kids playing basketball
At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: Centerpoint serves adolescent males who require a safe, secure, intensive therapeutic residence that can address the full scope of their highly intensive psychological, behavioral, and clinical needs.
Age: 13-18
Gender: Males
Capacity: 16
Let's Connect
Carolyn F. Ingalls
Program Director
365 East Street
Southgate Building
Tewksbury, MA 01463
978-858-3776, ext. 3604
Program Overview

Centerpoint provides a secure, clinically intensive residential program that enhances growth and coping skills while safely managing acting-out behaviors as well as the acute symptoms of major psychiatric disorders. The program's ultimate goal is to enable each youth to obtain optimal psychological and social growth and transition into a less-restrictive setting and eventually into the greater community.

Individualized Treatment Plans are developed for each resident upon admission by a multidisciplinary team that includes clinical, medical, educational, administrative, and milieu staff who offer expertise in the assessment and implementation of services required by this population. Through a comprehensive and individualized approach to treatment, Centerpoint offers each resident the opportunity to gain control over those behaviors which have had a negative impact on his relationships and his life, and develop more-effective means of coping and problem-solving.

Clinical Services

Centerpoint's clinical services include individual, group, and family therapy, as well as psychopharmacology when indicated. The clinical approach emphasizes the development and maximization of more mature, adaptive safe behaviors through ongoing assessment processes that guide and support treatment interventions.

Family are strongly encouraged to actively participate in the development and implementation of a resident's treatment plan, which is oriented around supporting more-mature defenses and safe adaptive coping skills.

Educational Services

The Centerpoint Educational Program is a comprehensive psychoeducational program within the residential setting. The school is administered by the State Department of Education, Educational Services in Institutional Settings, and is classified and approved under Chapter 766 as a 502.41 program. Course work is approved by, and credits are awarded by, the funding school district.

Residential Services

The therapeutic environment is designed to stabilize behaviors that have resulted in the need for a secure setting. Each resident is offered the opportunity to identify those life experiences that have resulted in these self defeating behaviors and to experience graduated levels of responsibility and independence by participating in a clinically oriented milieu staffed by a multidisciplinary team and a recreational program that promotes health and well-being.

Request More Information

For assistance determining which programs or services will meet your individualized need, please fill out the form below. If you have a question regarding a particular program, please contact the Program Director listed in the “Let’s Connect” box above.

@JRISocialJstce