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Thanks to the generous support of donors like you:

  • More than 22,000 children and adults receive high-quality behavioral health, addiction, and homelessness services from Community Healthlink each year.
  • Over 4,000 patients, many of whom have serious mental illness and/or homeless, receive integrated primary care and behavioral health services at Community Healthlink.
  • We can provide more than 3,500 inpatient substance abuse treatment admissions each year.

 

But the numbers aren't the only thing that matters. By donating to Community Healthlink, you make a real difference in the lives of real people. People like:

 
Jessica, who is a graduate of CHL's Motivating Youth Recovery (MYR) program - the only adolescent detoxification and stabilization program in Massachusetts. Jessica struggled with an opioid addiction throughout her teen years but credits her time at MYR with turning her life around. Now sober, she says, "MYR changed the way I live my life."

 

 

 


Scott, a member of CHL's Westwinds Clubhouse, which offers people who have mental illness opportunities to advance their recovery. Members gain access to opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendship, employment, and education. Ultimately, through his membership at Westwinds, Scott has been able to gain employment in the community and begin taking courses at a local community college. Scott says he hopes to one day open his own program to help at-risk youth and homeless individuals turn their lives around.



 


Carissa, who moved to the area just after her son, Max, was diagnosed with ADHD. She was connected to CHL's Families and Communities Together (FCT) program to gain support while caring for Max. FCT provided Carissa with an Intensive Care Coordinator who provided therapeutic support, and a Family Partner, a caregiver who has experience raising youth with special needs. Together, they created an individualized care plan for Max and supported Carissa as she advocated for Max's needs in school and the community. Carissa says, "It was great to have them in my life. FCT helped me stay on my feet, which helped my kids stay on their feet and make this our home."

 
 

Javier, whose struggle with emotional disturbance during adolescence led to an inability to create and sustain healthy friendships that left him feeling friendless and depressed. Javier participated in CHL's Support for Success program, and worked closely with a Therapeutic Mentor for nearly three years. Javier's like has turned around. Now, Javier is surrounded with healthy relationships. Javier explains, "It's nice to know that people like you and enjoy hanging out with you."
 
 
 
 
Your gift of any amount can make outcomes like these a reality for our clients!
 
Your contributions are essential to providing behavioral health services to those in need in our community. They transform lives by helping our clients:
  • Manage mental illness
  • Conquer addiction
  • Move through trauma
  • Establish permanent housing
  • Develop strong and healthy relationships

On behalf of all of the Community Healthlink family, THANK YOU for being one of our greatest friends and allies as we work together to ensure that our clients can recover from the impacts of mental illness, addiction, and homelessness.

Highland Grace House

HIGHLAND GRACE HOUSE

 
For more information, or to make a referral, call 774-420-2143

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Program Director  - Stephanie Manzi, LMHC 
 
 

Community Healthlink established Highland Grace House as a 90-day residential program for females between 13 and 17 years of age who seek long-term recovery from their substance use addiction/disorder. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Highland Grace House is licensed for 15 youth, and is the only program of its kind in Massachusetts. Placement is voluntary and family participation in treatment is necessary. Highland Grace House is staffed by a team of professionals that include: A Program Director (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), Clinical Director (Licensed Social Worker), Operations Manager, 2 Master’s level clinicians, an aftercare coordinator, and Recovery Specialists who provide on-site staffing 24/7. On-site services include: Academic instruction; individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy including but not limited to psycho-educational groups, substance abuse and relapse prevention, introduction to 12 step, health and wellness education, mental health education, team building, self esteem, values and social skills development groups. Out of house activities include self help groups, membership to the YWCA, seasonal activities and daily walks

 
 
 
 

RECOVERY 

Youth in Massachusetts use alcohol and drugs at higher rates than teens in most every other state in the nation. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has channeled resources into local communities to address these issues. Highland Grace House was established in 2005 by Community Healthlink as one of the first programs in Massachusetts to focus exclusively on long-term recovery from addiction for adolescent girls.

Highland Grace House is a 90-day program and is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. It is licensed to accommodate 15 girls and is staffed by a team that includes highly trained staff and experienced clinical staff. The philosophy base is integrated strength-based treatment using collaborative problem-solving motivational interviewing. 

SPECIALIZED STAFF 

Highland Grace House is staffed by a team of professionals that include:

A Program Director who is an LMHC
A Clinical Director who is an LICSW
An Operations Manager
2 Masters Level Clinicians
A Registered Nurse
Residential Recovery Specialists
On-site staffing is provided 24-hours per day, 7 days a week.
 
 
On-Site Services include:
 
Academic Instruction
Group therapy
Psycho-educational groups, such as substance abuse prevention, relapse prevention stills, health education, and social skills development.
Attendance in group therapy is mandatory and is a major part of the recovery process.

 

 STRUCTURE

 A typical day at Highland Grace House

The girls in recovery program maintain a busy schedule. A typical day consists of:
School work/tutoring
Therapy groups
Individual and family therapy
AA/NA meetings
General house chores
Exercise/yoga
Leisure/fun
participation in local activities including the Worcester Public Library, Worcester Art Museum, YWCA, a local farm and seasonal activities.
                                                                                                                                                      
 
ADMISSION CRITERIA
 
Girls must be between 13 and 17 years of age
Placement is voluntary
Family involvement is mandatory
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A residential program for adolescent girls 13-17 years of age, working on recovery from addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.

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