Intensive Residential Treatment Programs (IRTP)


JRI provides specialized care and treatment for young people with serious mental health challenges, in need of safe, secure settings to chart a new direction. IRTPs are contracted statewide programs of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. JRI also accepts out-of-state referrals to Centerpoint and Cohannet Academy.

These services might be right for you if
You are looking for residential programs located on state hospital campuses that are not hospital units.
You want your loved one to engage with other youth in an energetic setting and attend an accredited school onsite; participate with staff in a wide array of onsite and community-based activities.
Your loved one is between the ages of 13 and 18.


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.

Merrimack Center

The Merrimack Center is a Joint Commission-accredited Intensive Residential Treatment Program (IRTP) specializing in trauma informed care for youth between the ages of 13-18, who are coping with serious mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and challenging behaviors.  (We do not treat youth with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities.) Our goal is to build on each individual's potential to overcome behavioral challenges, learn social skills, and build competencies.

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 biological females, ages 13 to 18.

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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.