Support for Success

In-Home Therapy is a structured, consistent, strength-based therapeutic relationship between a clinician(s) and the youth and family for the purpose of treating the youth’s behavioral health needs, and improving the family’s ability to provide effective support for the youth to promote his/her healthy functioning within the family.

In-Home Therapy is:
• A voluntary service
• A strength-based family therapy in which all members are encouraged to participate
• An intensive home based therapy
• A service driven by family needs

In-Home Therapy enhances:
• Communication
• Building natural supports
• Problem solving
• Limit setting
• Family relationships
• Coping skills

The In-Home Therapy Services provider operates from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

With permission, anyone can refer a family for In-Home Therapy services, including the family themselves.


Therapeutic mentoring offers structured one-to-one, strength-based support services between a therapeutic mentor and a youth for the purpose of addressing daily living, social, and communication needs. Therapeutic mentoring services are provided to a youth in any setting where the youth resides, such as the home (including foster homes), and in other community settings (ie. School, child care centers, respite settings, and other culturally and linguistically appropriate community settings).

Therapeutic mentoring is:
• A voluntary service
• A skill based intervention
• A service driven by the youth’s needs

Therapeutic mentoring works to build and enhance:
• Social skills
• Problem solving
• Communication
• Anger control
• Coping skills
• Community resources
• Independent living skills

Referrals for Therapeutic Mentoring can only be made by an Intensive Care Coordinator, In-Home Therapist or Outpatient Therapist.

For more information and to make a referral, contact:

In the Worcester service area:
Justine Isakson, LMHC
Director of Support For Success Program
Youth & Family Services
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In the North Central Massachusetts service area:
Melissa Lajoie, LICSW
Director of Support For Success Program
Lipton Center
Phone: 978-401-3913
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Cities and towns served by Community Healthlink’s Support for Success:

Worcester Region
East Brookfield
New Braintree
North Brookfield
West Boylston
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Community Healthlink’s Support for Success program is a component of the CBHI.

The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) is an interagency initiative of the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, whose mission is to strengthen, expand, and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school, and community.

As part of the Rosie D. Court Order, CBHI services are available to children and adolescents under the age of 21 who reside in Massachusetts and meet the following criteria:

  • Are eligible for MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, under either MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth
  • Are diagnosed with a serious emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric condition meeting the federal definitions of serious emotional disturbance
  • Are determined through a mental health evaluation to need home-based services
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