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On any given day, as many as 150 children and teens might be coming “home” to a Y.O.U. Inc. residential program. For these children, our mission to provide care in a safe and stable environment takes on a deep and fundamental meaning.

PA 40252 MG 9043To that end, Y.O.U. Inc. offers residential care that ranges from short-term stabilization and hospital diversion programs, to longer-term behavioral treatment residences, supported living apartments, and intensive foster care. The agency’s residential programs offer extensive therapy and child psychiatry, provide behavior and medication management services, and ensure that each client continues their education either in their own community school, or at the residential program itself.

Our highly-trained clinical and program staff are experts in their fields, ranging from traditional child psychiatry and occupational therapy to cutting edge alternative therapies such as music, mindfulness and adventure-based experiences. Our nine multi-dimensional residential programs are conveniently located across Central MA, and meet the distinct needs of clients ranging in age from infancy through age 22.

Although each Y.O.U., Inc. residential program has a unique focus, they all share a common goal: to provide a safe and nurturing place for children to call home until they can be reunited with their own families, or placed in a permanent foster care setting.

Click on a program name below to learn more about the comprehensive services provided, facilities, and the referral process.

Acute Care and Assessment

Sybil H. Flagg Children’s Center/Adolescent Bridge STARR Program provides diagnostic assessments, short- term residential and therapeutic care for boys ages 12 to 18.

Latency Bridge STARR Program provide diagnostic assessments, short-term residential and therapeutic care for children ages 4 to 12 years.

Cottage Hill Academy provides diagnostic assessments, crisis stabilization, short-term residential and therapeutic care, and education for boys and girls ages 12 to 18.

Joy and Robert Wetzel Children’s Center is a co-ed diagnostic assessment center and hospital diversion program for children and adolescents ages 7 to 18.

Carol A. Schmidt Village provides diagnostic assessments, crisis stabilization and hospital diversion for adolescents ages 10 to 18.


Congregate Care and Residential Treatment

Grafton House is group home for adolescent girls.

Cottage Hill Academy provides long-term group home care and education for girls ages 12 to 17.

George Bernardin Oxford House is a longer-term Behavioral Treatment Residence for male adolescents.

Carol A. Schmidt Village offers a co-ed Behavioral Treatment Residence for children and adolescents ages
10 to 18.


Foster Care and Independent Living

William O. Gardiner Teen Parent Apartments provide transitional housing for homeless teen mothers and their infants or young children.

Intensive Foster Care Services provides emergency and longer-term intensive foster care for children from infancy to age 18, in specialized foster homes managed by Y.O.U., Inc.

Alternative Lockup Program provides emergency overnight or short-term foster care for juveniles aged 7 to 17 under arrest for status offenses and nonviolent delinquency charges.


Program Highlight

  • Our acute residential programs delivered more than 24,000 bed days this past year.