Berkshire Meadows | Justice Resource Institute

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

Berkshire Meadows

Berkshire Meadows provides residential and family supports to individuals with severe intellectual disabilities and complex medical needs in homes that provide the staffing support to enhance quality of life. We focus on providing opportunities to create skill-building and independence during activities of daily living and recreational activities, but always have the individual's well-being in mind.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: We provide a normalized structured routine of activities of daily living, group and individual recreational activities, and community outings, all based on individual choice.
Age: 22+
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: 40
Let's Connect
Lisa Kelly
Senior Program Director
249 North Plain Road
Housatonic, MA 01236
(413) 528-2523
Community Homes

Community and family are pivotal parts of life for all of the individuals who live at Berkshire Meadows. Homes are comfortable, well staffed, and properly furnished with the right equipment and fixtures to make life as easy and meaningful as possible. Individuals have choices about every aspect of their lives. Each has the opportunity to participate in a variety of community activities on a daily basis. Families are an integral part of treatment-planning and decision-making and are welcome and encouraged to participate at any time.

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Medical Homes

We believe that medical needs should never compromise an individual's quality of life. Individuals who need more medical oversight live in homes with direct nursing service and see a medical professional frequently. Individuals with respiratory issues, GI issues, and orthopedic issues have homes with the appropriate equipment and staffing pattern that enables them to live fulfilling and enjoyable lives while remaining as independent as possible.

 

Skill Development

Creating opportunities for independence is an important part of daily life for the individuals. Skill development happens many times during the day, and staff are trained to recognize it. Individuals are encouraged to increase their self-help and social skills through a variety of techniques in the home and in the community.

 

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.

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