Justice Resource Institute receives federal grant to address mental health needs among children and families impacted by trauma

NEEDHAM — Justice Resource Institute will get nearly $1 million from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the Department of Justice to provide mental health services and caregiver support to underserved and marginalized children and their families who have been exposed to violence.

Michelle Vaughan, LICSW

Michelle has been part of JRI since 2007 and has worked in the Residential Division ever since. She started as an intern at Pelham Academy, and has been a Clinician, a Clinical Administrator, Assistant Director, a Director and most recently a Division Director of Residential Services.  Michelle brings her clinical background to this new role with training in SMART, ARC, and Neurofeedback. She has been a Clinical Supervisor for many years and also brings knowledge of how to implement treatment in a group care setting. She is also a certified BCC trainer.

GROW Greenhouses

Gardening Resources of Wellness, affectionately known as "Grow," is a program offered by JRI (Justice Resource Institute) that is dedicated to exploring the benefits of horticultural therapy and nature-based approaches. At its core, Grow is on a mission to help clients reconnect with themselves by harnessing our deep, innate connection with nature.

Early Childhood Training & Consultation Receives Grant

This remarkable grant will empower JRI's Early Childhood Training and Consultation program to enhance the social-emotional development and behavioral health of children. By providing expert guidance and support in early education and care settings in Massachusetts, we're creating a nurturing environment where children can thrive and blossom.

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Jenese Brownhill Selected as Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at JRI

We are excited to announce that Jenese Brownhill, LICSW, has been selected for the new role of Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at JRI.

Jenese has extensive experience in leading teams that provide trauma-informed care to juvenile justice-involved youth, including directing quality improvement and change management associated with implementing various service delivery models.

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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.