Case House | Justice Resource Institute

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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

Case House

Case House is a home designed for students who are focusing on transitional living skills. Case House students benefit from all the specialized services offered by the Swansea Wood School while living in a surburban neighborhood in Taunton, Massachusetts. This small, homelike environment fosters safe and strong relationships with peers and staff and also ensures highly individualized tranistion planning.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: Residential services for adolescents with mental illness, cognitive impairments and behavioral difficulties who are able to engage in educational, vocational and beginning independent living skills.
Age: 12-22
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: 8
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Maribeth Balzano August
Program Director
30 Luscomb Road
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 672-6560
About Case House

The Case House Campus of Swansea Wood School is a home designed for students who are focusing on transitional living skills. Case House students benefit from the specialized services offered by the Swansea Wood School while living with more independence in a suburban neighborhood in Taunton, Massachusetts. This small, family like environment fosters safe and strong relationships with peers and staff and also ensures highly individualized transitional planning.

Our Students

Case House accepts both boys and girls, ages 12-22, who are coping with mental illness, cognitive impairment, significant past trauma, academic struggles and/or behavioral difficulties. In order to be accepted at Case House, students must be stable in effectively using regulation skills and must be working towards a transition to more independent living. Case House gives students the opportunity to prepare for a less-structured community setting while providing them with the staff support, safety, and consistency they require to achieve more independence.

Our Approach

All Case House students participate in weekly individual and group sessions at the Swansea Wood School. Family therapy services are also available. The clinical staff at Swansea Wood School provide cutting-edge interventions. Treatments provided include ARC and DBT skill groups for students, CBT, trauma-informed yoga, and sensory focused interventions to aid in self-regulation.

Academics

Many of our students are working towards their high school diploma while attending classes at the Swansea Wood School during the day. Other students participate in our transition program where the focus is development of vocational and independent living skills. Additionally, students attend enrichment and sports activities in the community based on individual preferences.

Transitional Services

The teaching of life skills and the development of individual competencies at Case House are often embedded within the realities of community living. Case House staff and students work together to plan and cook nutritious meals on a budget as well as carry out the daily maintenance of the home. Students are encouraged to contribute in meaningful ways with the goal of becoming successful members of the community.

Our low student-to-staff ratio allows staff to work individually with Case House residents on transition-related skills. Whether shopping on a budget, preparing a meal, learning to take public transportation, or building community connections the experience is hands-on and has real and long-lasting impact. Although not all of our students are working towards entering the workforce immediately, all are supported in obtaining work, paid or voluntary, that has a special meaning for them.

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