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

Cohannet Academy

Cohannet Academy, located at Taunton State Hospital, is a Joint Commission-Accredited Intensive Residential Treatment Program (IRTP) specializing in trauma-informed care. Cohannet Academy is contracted with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (MA DMH), to provide in-house services and treatment to adolescent girls, ages 13 to 18.

Residents are referred statewide by MA DMH, many with DCF and DYS involvement. We are the only all-female, secure DMH residential treatment program in New England. We also accept out-of-state referrals and have working relationships with Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island,New Hampshire, and Maine. The unique structure of our program allows us the ability to safely maintain dys-regulated residents without the need for hospitalization, while at the same time providing daily community access to strengthen independent living skills and foster a future vision beyond institutional care.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: Program-wide trauma-informed care, Sensory integrated therapies, 24-hour residential services, Specialized educational services.
Age: 13 to 18
Gender: Female
Capacity: 17
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Bryan Lary, LICSW
Program Director
Taunton State Hospital - Cain 2
60 Hodges Avenue
Taunton, MA 02780
508-977-3740
Youth Served

Adolescent girls, ages 13 to 18, discover a safe and energizing therapeutic setting at Cohannet Academy. Many of these young women have histories of complex trauma and unstable home lives, prior hospitalizations, and unsuccessful interventions in less-intensive settings. Cohannet works with each girl and her family to establish a trajectory of hope and accomplishment; making their own meaning in the world.

Clinical Services

Guided by the evidence-based ARC model developed by the Trauma Center, therapeutic interventions include individualized, group, and family therapy with master's-level clinicians. Additionally included are onsite medical and psychiatric care with a proactive health and wellness focus; sensory-integration skills training; rewarding special education and vibrant classroom experiences; and daily opportunities to accentuate strengths and develop resilience with experienced well-trained residential counselors who coach new skills and adventures.

Residential Services

Continuous therapeutic support is provided by our residential counselors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with consistent programming and daily community outings. Additionally, crisis intervention, prevention, and management, individualized treatment planning (without the use of a point-and-level system) and education and implementation of adaptive coping skills through sensory-related interventions are provided by our highly trained residential counselors. Residents are encouraged to experience the joys and challenges of growing up with exposure to a wide array of exciting activities and trips, including cultural celebrations, dramatic performances, outdoor adventures, volunteer opportunities, team and individual sports and fitness pursuits, and more.

Medical Services

Cohannet Academy offers an onsite medical team, providing routine medical care and health/wellness education, collaboration with the nutritionist, a medical director/psychiatrist working directly with each resident’s family, and community providers. Cohannet Academy values the importance of its residents, maintaining relationships with medical providers in their home communities. Cohannet Academy youth are ensured continued access to community doctors and specialists as needed to sustain collaboration toward optimum health and wellness.

female teen
I can't say that any place else could compare with the compassion, dedication, and care you all provided...I can say that no matter where I go the memories I have made here will be forever imprinted on my heart
Graduate
2013
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