Based on referral by a Department of Children and Families area office, the Emergency Residence (ER) program provides campus- or group home-based short-term placement services, including emergency shelter and intensive short-term assessment and therapy, for young children and adolescents. The immediate focus is on stabilizing the child’s current crisis, then making recommendations for their ongoing treatment within the community. Stabilization and permanency in the community are the ultimate goals.
This program builds on the child’s and family’s strengths and develops a flexible array of individualized services to meet their unique circumstances. Saint Vincent’s provides a comprehensive assessment of the strengths and needs of each child and family, creating a strong foundation of understanding upon which to build future treatment decisions. Children may attend public school while participating in the ER program.