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TAP, or Total Achievement Programs, are therapeutic after-school programs dedicated to enhancing the social and academic skills of children ages 6-12 with complex emotional and behavioral needs who have been unable to succeed in non-therapeutic community-program settings.
Yarmouthport, MA 02675
New Bedford, MA 02740
Fall River, MA 02720
Norton, MA 02766
Plymouth, MA 02360
The Total Achievement Program (TAP) provides intensive community-based, therapeutic support for children with mental health challenges to avert psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placements. TAP offers individualized goal-setting, support, and services to at-risk children to help them develop the social and adaptive skills necessary to function appropriately at home, at school, and in the community.
The program offers an after-school program, week-long activities during school break, and a comprehensive summer schedule. TAP's consistent and structured schedule includes homework assistance, outside activity, and daily group therapy. This provides the children with a sense of safety and opportunities to develop skills for managing their environment and learning new ways to interact with others. In addition, the staff works closely with parents and collaterals in order to develop a clinically appropriate treatment plan, which is personalized to the child’s needs and strengths. Children typically attend the program for 9 to 15 months, based on the unique needs of each individual child.
We currently operate 5 sites throughout southeastern Massachusetts:
TAP Norton: 33 Pine Street, Norton, MA 02746
TAP New Bedford: 275 North Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
TAP Fall River: 1575 Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720
TAP Plymouth: 98 Nicks Rock Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
TAP Cape Cod: 221 Willow Street, Yarmouthport, MA 02675
TAP operates under a closed referral process, with referrals coming directly from the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Children and Families. Referrals can be made directly to the site Program Director:
TAP Norton: Cara Kuczarski, LICSW - (508) 285-4364
TAP New Bedford: Jodi Aurora, LMHC - (508) 745-6424
TAP Fall River: Alicia Lepage, LCSW- (508) 386-7657
TAP Plymouth: Marisa Zucarelli, MS - (508) 747-0402
TAP Cape Cod: Sherry White, LMHC - (508) 838-4196
TAP staff facilitate daily group therapy sessions, foster supportive relationships with children, and develop individualized, clinically appropriate treatment plans. Each treatment plan is personalized to the needs and strengths of the child and family. TAP supports development of children in the following areas:
- Social competency
- Problem-solving skills
- Communication skills
Since its inception in 1984, TAP has had remarkable success in promoting the emotional well-being and social competency of latency age children who are emotionally and behaviorally at risk.