Children’s Residential and Family Treatment Program at Bradley Hospital

Children’s Residential and Family Treatment Program

Bradley Hospital’s Children’s Residential and Family Treatment program provides intensive, family-centered, short-term residential treatment services to children ages 5 to 12 who have emotional or behavioral problems that prevent them from living safely at home.

Children live together in a residence on the hospital’s main campus in East Providence, and are provided intensive staff supervision and clinical services. Children may take part in individual, group, milieu, psychopharmacological, family and multifamily therapy.

The residential program’s multidisciplinary staff includes:

  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Residential counselors
  • Child psychiatrists

The program’s goal is to reunite children who have emotional and behavioral problems with their families. Most children immediately rejoin their families upon leaving the program, but some children are placed in interim foster care or long-term residential care prior to returning home. As a family-centered program, we partner with families, other treatment providers, community organizations, and schools to address the special needs of the children.

Program Objectives

  • Provide a therapeutic residential placement for children who require constant out-of-home care
  • Provide a full range of treatment services including behavior management, psychotherapy, medication, care management, therapeutic recreation and outreach to schools and community youth organizations
  • Assist children in transitioning from an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting to a less restrictive placement or to divert children who are at less serious risk for psychiatric hospitalizations
  • 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
  • Develop and review discharge plans on a monthly basis and create viable social service networks for each family
  • Unite children with their families within 9 to 12 months