HIGHLAND GRACE HOUSEwww.communityhealthlink.org
For more information call 508-860-1172 Program Director - Stephanie Manzi, LMHC Clinical Director - Gabrielle Kalis, LICSWTo complete a referral call Institute of Health and Recovery (IHR) Youth Central Intake at 617-661-3991 Community Healthlink established Highland Grace House as a 90-day residential program forfemales 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
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.
Highland Grace House is staffed by a team of professionals that include:A Program Director who is an LMHCA Clinical Director who is an LICSWAn Operations Manager2 Masters Level CliniciansA Registered NurseResidential Recovery SpecialistsOn-site staffing is provided 24-hours per day, 7 days a week. On-Site Services include: Academic InstructionGroup therapyPsycho-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.
A typical day at Highland Grace HouseThe girls in recovery program maintain a busy schedule. A typical day consists of:School work/tutoringTherapy groupsIndividual and family therapyAA/NA meetingsGeneral house choresExercise/yogaLeisure/funparticipation 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 agePlacement is voluntaryFamily involvement is mandatory A residential program for adolescent girls 13-17 years of age, working on recovery from addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.