The Bradley Center


Amy Cousineau and her team support children placed in the residential program. Learn more about their work.

More Information about the Bradley Center

To learn more about our program, please call 401-667-6579 or email BradleycenterReferrals@lifespan.org.

We accept referrals of patients from throughout the state.

The Bradley Center is a 16-bed residence in Cranston that provides short-term intensive treatment for adolescents ages 12 to 17 who suffer from serious emotional and behavioral disturbances, substance use and associated problems, or co-occurring disorders and are in need of short-term stabilization, assessment and treatment for suicidal, aggressive or other unsafe behaviors.

The co-ed program is designed to be a step-down program from hospitalization or an alternative to a hospital stay. We are licensed by the Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. 

About the Bradley Center

Teens and the caregivers participating in the Bradley Center’s residential program receive comprehensive assessment and treatment aimed at stabilizing acute symptoms and promoting engagement in less intensive levels of care. Patients receive evidence-based care that includes cognitive behavioral therapy skills, motivation enhancement, and prevention planning.

Complementing formal therapy, expressive therapy such as art activities, dance and yoga is provided.

Our program is staffed by licensed master’s level clinicians, a psychiatrist, nurses and residential care counselors who work as a team to give residents and their caregivers treatment tailored to the unique needs of each child. We rely on parents being partners in their child’s treatment.

Our Program

The program has two tracks for treatment. Our mental health short residential track provides short-term stabilization to help kids transition from hospital-level care to home, while continuing the family and individual therapy that is needed to create a safe and stable environment. Our program helps prevent adolescents from having to be hospitalized when they can instead be stabilized and transitioned safely back home or into their community. We provide motivational enhancement cognitive behavioral therapy and ensure appropriate transition to a lower level of care. 

Our co-occurring disorders track provides short-term stabilization and residential treatment to adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. We provide motivational enhancement cognitive behavioral therapy and ensure appropriate transition to help kids function within the community while receiving continued treatment through a lower level of care. 

Program Objectives

  1. Provide a therapeutic short residential placement for adolescents who require a step down from hospitalization or as an alternative to hospitalization.
  2. Provide motivational enhancement cognitive behavioral therapy, which includes individual sessions and family therapy session, in addition to medication management by a psychiatrist as needed. 
  3. Assist children in transitioning to a lower level of care or preventing hospitalization, for both first time cases and re-occurring incidents. Help adolescents transition back into their community in a safe and stabilizing manner.
  4. Provide assessment and diagnosis of complex psychiatric conditions in children and 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.

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