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    Bradley Hospital provides intensive, family-centered residential treatment services to children ages 5 to 12 years who have emotional and behavioral problems that prevent them from living safely at home. Children live together and are provided intensive staff supervision and clinical services.

    The Child and Adolescent Services' hospital-based residence is the Children's Residential and Family Treatment (CRAFT) Program. Located on the main campus in East Providence, CRAFT offers intensive, short-term treatment to children and their families who struggle with psychiatric, emotional and/or behavioral problems.

    The residential program's multidisciplinary staff includes psychologists, nurses, social workers, residential counselors and a child psychiatrist. Children take part in individual, group, milieu, psychopharmacological, family and multifamily therapy to help them achieve the program's primary goal-family reunification.

    The Children's Residential and Family Treatment (CRAFT) Program's primary goal is to reunite children who have emotional and behavioral disabilities with their families. Most children immediately rejoin their families upon leaving CRAFT, but some children are placed in interim foster care or long-term residential care prior to returning home. CRAFT is a family-centered program and draws strength from its partnerships with families, other treatment providers, community resources and schools to address the special needs of the children. Individual, group and family therapy, family support services, therapeutic milieu services, psychoeducation and psychopharmacology are all used to treat children in CRAFT.

    CRAFT's Staff

    Professionals from many disciplines work with families to achieve CRAFT's goals. The program's staff includes residential counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and support staff. In addition, trainees from various disciplines may also be involved in providing treatment, as Bradley Hospital is a teaching hospital for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

    Objectives of the CRAFT Program

    The objectives of the Children's Residential and Family Treatment (CRAFT) Program at Bradley Hospital are:

    • To provide a therapeutic residential placement for children who require constant out-of-home care
    • To provide a full range of treatment services including behavior management, psychotherapy, medication, care management, therapeutic recreation and outreach to schools and community youth organizations
    • To assist in transitioning children from an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting to a less restrictive placement or to divert children who are at less serious risk for psychiatric hospitalizations
    • To provide assessment and diagnosis of complex psychiatric conditions in children and/or families including mood, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders as well as treatment of trauma, which may be the result of physical, emotional or sexual abuse
    • To develop and review discharge plans on a monthly basis and to create viable social service networks for each family
    • To unite children with their families within 9 to 12 months