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How do I get help for my child? The Providence Center

If you are a parent or caregiver and are concerned about your child’s social, emotional and behavioral well-being, call The Providence Center at

401-276-4020. An experienced intake specialist will schedule an assessment to determine the best program for your child’s needs.

The Providence Center School: A unique learning environment The Providence Center School offers a unique supportive learning environment for children in Grades Pre-K through 12 who are experiencing acute behavioral and emotional symptoms. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for successful return to their community schools, less restrictive programs, higher education or the workforce. • Fully licensed by the Department of Education

• Specialized therapeutic programming

• An experienced team of certified special education

• Extended school year

teachers, teaching assistants, clinical therapists

• Individualized Education Plans

and psychologists

• Family Support Team

Students are referred to The Providence Center School by special education directors from their district schools.

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Crisis/Emergency Services When children and adolescents exhibit behaviors that put them and others at harm, The Providence Center is there

24 hours a day, seven days a week. Within hours of a call, a Providence Center clinician conducts an evaluation of the child and recommends options for treatment. After hours emergencies call:


Please visit The Providence Center School at or call (401) 276-4141 for more informtion. A Partner in the Community Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP) is a collaboration between The Providence Center, Family Service of Rhode Island, Comprehensive Community Action Program, Children’s Friend and Service and Tides Family Services that brings together community-based service providers, family members and friends to build a stronger future for children and families at risk for abuse and neglect and who have serious behavioral health needs.

Support for providers

The Providence Center Child and Family Services 520 Hope Street Providence, RI 02906 Open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Child Care Staff Training and Consultation Services Our early childhood specialists offer training and consultation to day care center staff, early intervention providers, state and local agencies, school districts, medical and mental health providers giving them the tools they need to

understand children’s social and emotional development. • Behavior management strategies

• Classroom design

• Social-emotional development

• Staff-parent relationships

• Teacher-student relationships

• In-classroom observations

• Parenting

The Providence Center is at the forefront of innovative approaches to behavioral health care designed to meet the changing needs of the more than 11,000 people served each year. Since The Providence Center opened its doors in 1969, it has been a community fixture, providing people from all walks of life with mental health and substance abuse services in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. In addition to comprehensive high quality behavioral health services, The Providence Center gives people the tools they need to change their lives. Through a full continuum of programs and wraparound services, including food and housing, job training, legal services, primary health care and wellness activities, The Providence Center helps the people it serves to succeed.

Supporting children and families

When a parent recognizes

“I became intimidated by anything unknown and stuck in a dark circle of ‘what ifs.’ Through

that their child just isn’t his

Many times parents need extra help when addressing their

or herself, The Providence

depression. Our outpatient counseling services support

ing my fears into manageable thoughts and how

Center’s Child and Family

children and their families as they work to overcome behavioral and emotional problems.

to resolve conflicts.”

Services can help. Typical

The Providence Center

• Feeling anxious and stressed • Aggressive, threatening behavior • Lack of self-confidence, negative thinking, insecurity • Easily angered • Aggression, bullying • Unusual fears or sadness

• Skipping school • Decrease in academic performance • Using alcohol and/or other drugs

Helping teens succeed

Transitional Living Program

are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral problems.

Academic pressures, new relationships and influences

The Transitional Living Program supports teenagers ages

These programs help family members or caretakers find

from friends or family can result in emotions and behaviors

17-21 in the custody of the Department of Children,

solutions to the behavioral or emotional symptoms of

that are difficult for teens and adolescents to manage.

Youth and Families who live in their own apartments.

their children and avoid hospitalization, placement out of

When teens feel anxious or stressed, display a lack of

Teens receive services to develop the skills to live fully

their homes or schools, or serious problems in their social

self-confidence, act out in aggression or skip school, it


and family relationships.

could point to a more serious mental health issue. The


Children with behavioral and emotional difficulties need a special team to guide them and their families through a challenging time.






Children and Families Intensive Treatment (CFIT) serve

OUR PROGRAMS Getting “ready to learn” For children who have behavioral, social or emotional difficulties or delays, entering kindergarten “ready

children and adolescents from birth to 18 years old who

to learn” or being successful in a day care or Head From toddlers to teens, at home, school or in the

Start program can be difficult. The Early Childhood

community, The


Institute offers therapeutic services designed to meet

Family Services support children and adolescents

the unique developmental and psychological needs


of children birth to school age.









challenges with innovative programs that respond to their unique needs. A compassionate team of psychiatrists,

• Shyness and withdrawal

- Jeni, former client in the Adolescent Partial Hospital program

Children and Adolescent Intensive Treatment Services

and behavioral distress in include:

learned how to cope with my anxiety by refram-

Intensive treatment programs

Child and Family Services

symptoms of emotional children and adolescents

counseling, family sessions, and group therapy, I

children’s social and emotional problems like anxiety and





support specialists, and family service coordinators provide young people and their families with the level of support they need to function productively

• Therapeutic classrooms with developmentally appropriate curriculum for building critical social, emotional, cognitive, language and motor skills

• Psychiatric evaluations • Parent groups on behavior management techniques

• Suicidal thoughts

• Clinical, vocational and educational services

Adolescent Partial Hospital and

• Medication evaluation and monitoring • Transition support • Behavior management and parenting strategies • Crisis/emergency assessment and intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week • Access to The Providence Center’s services and programs

Partial Hospital and

• Bilingual services

help acute behavioral, social or emotional symptoms,


focusing on:

complex clinical, social and educational challenges of

How do I get help for my child? Call The Providence Center at





• Learning how to manage emotions

behavior. The focus is on the family’s strengths to develop

• Improving communication skills

solutions and promote positive, responsible behavior

• Improving relationships with family, friends

within the family for improved school performance, better

and teachers

education and intervention to Rhode Island’s teens is

calls a week about his problem behavior. At the Early

prevention groups, individual and group therapy

- Peggy, mother of Daniel, a former client in the Early Childhood Institute


adolescents who have been court involved, have a history

he was just two years old. I was getting four or five

hope for Daniel’s future.”

Multisystemic Therapy

• Developing and strengthening coping skills

With one of the highest rates of drug use among

their wisdom and compassion, the staff gave me great

Multisystemic Therapy

Intensive Outpatient Programs

“Daniel began having problems at daycare when

Childhood Institute our lives began to change. Through

childhood programs for teen moms

When more intensive treatment is needed, Adolescent

Adolescent Substance Use Programs

• Family support and care coordination

• Enhanced coordinated care with the early

Intensive Outpatient Programs

• Individual, group and family therapy • Home- and community-based services

• Intensive case management

old offer solutions.

• Structured play and group activities

where they live, learn and play.

Individualized treatment programs include:

Providence Center’s programs for teens 12 to 18 years

youth age 12 and older, the importance of providing, critical. The Providence Center offers substance use and family counseling.

Recovery High School Opening in September 2012, The Providence Center Recovery High School will provide high school students who have a history of substance use, but who are firmly committed to their recovery, with both the academic and recovery support tools they need to succeed.






relationships and participation in positive activities.

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