Family Advisory Council

Join JRI's Family Advisory Council!

JRI’s Family Advisory Council offers a supportive space where caregivers have a guiding voice and work side by side with agency leaders to set goals to improve care for the individuals we serve and their families.

“I am proud to be part of this group. I feel like what I say and how I feel as a parent matters. A little understanding of where I’m at in my child’s treatment/journey and where my child is at in their journey goes a long
- Stephanie, Parent

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We want to hear your thoughts!

Help us create a greater sense of family partnership, engagement and collaboration as we improve treatment
for individuals and families at JRI. Together, we’ll create a stronger support network within the agency for navigating any challenges that may arise.

Check out the 15 tips to help bridge the gap between family and support.

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If you are interested in joining JRI’s Family Advisory Council, please contact Rachel Arruda at  


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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.