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The Emergency Shelter Program



The Emergency Shelter operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. It is a staff-intensive, community-based program that provides a structured environment for boys between the ages of 13 and 17 who are referred to CFP either by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families or the Lead Agency of CFP's managed care networks. Youth may stay at the shelter for up to a maximum of 90 days. Program staff members work with youth to identify their treatment needs, arrange for appropriate services, and plan future living situations.

The program’s goals include:

For more information about the Emergency Shelter, please contact Denise E. Lopez, Program Director at (401) 273-7103.

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Alternative Living Situations (ALS)

The Alternative Living Situations Program is a Pre-Independent Living model designed to assist young men and women between the ages of 16 and 20 to address their emotional and developmental needs in a stable, supportive setting. The ALS Program coordinates therapeutic, educational, and vocational services as well as counseling services and crisis intervention. The program provides staffed apartments in the Providence area; youth typically remain in the program for up to one year. The program accepts referrals through DCYF or the Lead Agency of our managed care networks.

The Program’s goals include:

For more information on the Alternate Living Situation Program, please contact Denise E. Lopez, Program Director, at (401) 273-7103.




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Enhanced Alternative Living Situation

The Enhanced Alternative Living Situation Program is divided into two specialized programs: New Currents and Staff Secure.

New Currents provides a highly supervised and structured living environment for young men between the ages of 16 and 20 who have a history of engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior. Clients and staff live together in apartments and work together to develop the life skills of each client. In addition, staff provides a full range of case management services, including service planning, service delivery, community reintegration, referral coordination, and milieu and crisis intervention services. Additional clinical supports are available to help prevent youth from relapsing into inappropriate sexual behaviors.

The program accepts referrals through specified representatives of DCYF and the Lead Agency of our managed networks. Each client’s length of stay is determined by his own specific needs.

The Program’s goals include:

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Staff Secure provides a highly supervised and structured living environment for young men between the ages of 13 and 20 who have wide range of emotional and behavioral needs. Clients and staff live together in apartments and work together to develop the life skills of each client. In addition, staff provides a full range of case management services, including service planning, service delivery, community reintegration, referral coordination, and milieu and crisis intervention services. Additional clinical supports are available to assist youth in developing skills to live in less restrictive settings.

The program accepts referrals through specified representatives of DCYF and the Lead Agency of CFP’s managed networks. Each client’s length of stay is determined by his own specific needs.

The program’s goals include:

For more information about the Enhanced Living Situation Programs, please contact Rob Aguon, Program Director, at (401) 273-7103.

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Transitional Apartment Program (TAP)

TAP is a community-based residential program serving older youth with chronic, severe mental health needs. The program’s high staff-to-client ratio assists older teens to live productive lives in an open community setting. TAP provides youth with active psychiatric consultation and medication monitoring. Clients are also provided with an extensive range of clinical and case management supports.

The program’s goals include:

For more information about the TAP Program, please contact Carmen Reid, Program Director, at (401) 273-7103.

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Transitional Living

The Transitional Living Program promotes the development of the skills youth between the ages of 17 and 22 will need to become responsible, productive adults. Youth are active participants in creating and planning their own treatment goals. Staff supports them as they learn to recognize and reinforce their strengths and abilities and to use them in attaining their goals.

The Program has a current capacity of 43 co-ed clients who are placed in apartments throughout Rhode Island. Each client’s specific needs determine the length of time he or she spends in the program. The program accepts referrals through specified representatives of DCYF and the Lead Agency of CFP’s managed networks.

The Program’s goals include:

For more information on the Transitional Living Program, please contact Rob Aguon, Program Director, at (401) 273-7103

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Outreach and Tracking and Enhanced Family Preservation



The Outreach and Tracking and Enhanced Family Preservation Programs are designed to provide families with home-based intervention services. These programs are based on the belief that all families possess strengths which can be identified and made to work for them. The goal of both programs is to help families stay together despite significant stressors. CFP Staff members meet with each client and family several times per week, depending on need, and provide 24 hour per day on-call support for emergencies.

In the Enhanced Family Preservation Program, a CFP clinician provides counseling to address family system issues which may include conflict resolution, family communication, the development of parenting skills, behavioral counseling and supports, and educational/ vocational advocacy. If a youth is in an out-of-home placement, the Family Preservation Clinician will provide assistance to the youth and family during the reunification process. All Family Preservation Clinicians must hold a Master's degree in Human Services.

The Outreach and Tracking Program is a client-focused model in which a CFP Outreach Worker provides school and curfew tracking, case management, and advocacy services for youth and their families. An Outreach Worker must hold a Bachelor's degree.

Youth between the ages of 11 and 21 are accepted into these programs through referrals from the DCYF or the Lead Agency of CFP's managed network. Fifty co-ed slots are available to families throughout Rhode Island. Duration of treatment is determined on an individual family basis.

Both program models offer socialization through recreation, life skills instruction, and coordination of client services in the community.

Program objectives include:


For more information about the Outreach and Tracking and Enhanced Family Preservation Programs, please contact
Nicole Marshall, Program Director, at (401) 273-7103.

Multisystemic Therapy
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive community and family-based treatment that addresses the complex, interconnected social systems that contribute to serious antisocial behavior in youth. This network of systems includes family and extra familial groups such as peers, school associations, and neighborhood or community members. A cycle of Multisystemic Therapy services runs from three to five months. Youth and family meet with an MST therapist three times per week or more for an hour each session in the family’s home. (Sessions may last longer in times of crisis.) An MST therapist is available to the youth and family 24 hours per day, seven days per week. On the weekend, youth and families have access to the therapist through an on-call system. MST is evidence-based and is practiced nationally and internationally. Communities For People takes referrals to the MST Program for youth between the ages of 12 and 17. All referrals come from the Department of Children, Youth, and Families through the Resource Management Network.

For more information about the Multisystemic Therapy Program, contact Cynthia Almonacy, MA, CAGS, Clinical Supervisor at 401.273.7103.
Families For Children





The Families For Children Program promotes the permanent placement of high-risk, hard–to-place children through foster care and adoption services. Staff provides a full range of case management services including individual and family casework, group work with children and families, and community organization. Children are accepted into this program through DCYF referral only. The goal of this program is to provide permanent families to children who have experienced multiple disruptions in their lives. Families For Children conducts a careful and comprehensive assessment of the strengths and requirements of each potential home and child. In addition, the program provides intensive preparation for both the child and family as well as pre and post adoptive services, including financial, clinical, case management, and on-call crisis supports.

For more information about Families For Children, please contact Emily Pike, Program Director, at (401) 273-7103.

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The Outpatient Program

The Outpatient Program offers individual, couple’s, family, and group therapy. It also includes creative alternatives to traditional talk therapy. The Therapeutic Sports Program (serving ages 6-21) and Health Rhythms Group Drumming Program (serving ages 5 and older) are run year round. The Program currently accepts Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, United Health, and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.

The Outpatient Program’s goals include:

For more information about the Outpatient Program, please contact Kim Medeiros, Program Director, at (401) 273-7103.

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Placement Solutions

Placement Solutions is a collaboration between Communities For People and the Providence Center. Placement Solutions conducts on-site consultation for all children and youth who live in residential and community-based settings funded by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The purpose of the consultation is to determine if a given out-of-home placement meets the current treatment needs of a child or youth and his or her family. In addition, the process helps to facilitate the child/youth's movement toward the least restrictive level of care and ultimately closer to a safe, permanent home.

For more information about Placement Solutions, please contact Elizabeth Bogardus-Ison, LICSW, Director, at (401) 434-4748.

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