For youth requiring Acute Care in an out-of-home placement, both the Joy and Robert Wetzel Center for Children and the Carol O. Schmidt Village offer comprehensive short and long-term stabilization services, including on-site psychiatry and clinical group therapy.
Joy and Robert Wetzel Center for Children
The Wetzel Center is one of the premier providers of acute mental health services for children in this region. With a family-centered approach, the Wetzel Center provides comprehensive, hospital-level psychiatric care for children in a comfortable, out-of-home setting. We created the Wetzel Center as a hospital diversion program, to give children and adolescents a more welcoming and age-appropriate setting for psychiatric care than a traditional hospital can provide.
The program consists of a latency (child) unit and an adolescent unit, allowing us to support youth ages 6-18, and to provide care for boys and girls in separate wings.
Specific services offered at the Wetzel Center include Intensive Community Based Acute Treatment (ICBAT) and Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT). The Center is widely recognized for our safety, low readmission rates, and average length of stay, which are among the lowest in Massachusetts.
Referrals for acute residential services at the Wetzel Center are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most referrals are made by community screening teams or Emergency Mental Health Services.
Carol O. Schmidt Village
The Village provides STARR (Short Term Assessment and Rapid Reintegration) out-of-home services for co-ed adolescents ages 12-18. The program’s goal is to further develop the child’s natural supports within the family, community, and schools in a short-term stay. Our goal is limit the disruption in the child’s life, while offering comprehensive diagnostic assessments and clinical services including individual and family therapy to help reunite the child with his or her family or caregivers as quickly as possible.
The Village facilitates the child’s attendance at their school of origin, maintains connections with their therapists and service providers, and helps them to continue with their normal activities including sports or after school programs. We offer targeted educational supports including a Special Education tutor. The Village is staffed 24 hours a day, and youth are referred for services by the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health