To advance school achievement and life outcomes for children facing serious social, emotional, or behavioral challenges or other risk factors. We develop innovative and effective mental health, youth development, and educational programs and partnerships to support and strengthen children and families in Massachusetts. Our programs are strategically designed to inform public policy reforms in education and children's mental health.
Full-Service Schooling and Out-of School-Time Programs
Special Education – Day Inclusion Program
Connecting With Care
AIP supports the healthy development of youth, especially of those working to overcome complex challenges and barriers to success. Most of our services are delivered in the school setting. Our teams of skilled educators, behavior specialists, clinicians, and youth workers partner with Boston schools and with parents to create supportive environments where youth can succeed.
AIP reduces barriers to learning, healthy behaviors, emotional well-being, and positive choices through three principal strategies:
(1) Inclusion: AIP provides high quality special education and mental health services so that youth with behavioral diagnoses can return from therapeutic day or residential schools to regular public school classrooms;
(2) Prevention: AIP supports school success for all students, including those who are at high risk, through supportive services and after-school programs that complement students’ academic goals.
(3) Treatment: AIP works with youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges, their families, and their schools to provide therapeutic treatment, to prevent crises whenever possible and to stabilize crises when they occur, and to help children and families learn methods for coping successfully with mental health problems over the long term.
We base our work with children and families on the foundation of strong relationships. Within the safe context of trusting relationships with caring adults, students overcome difficult histories and develop newer, healthier attitudes, behaviors, and coping mechanisms for dealing with difficult challenges.
AIP’s clinical programs strive to model best practices for school-based and community-based mental health and to incorporate evidence-based approaches. Certified teachers who are experienced Boston Public Schools employees staff the core academic components of our programs.
Our staff is visible as leaders in local, statewide, and national networks to promote innovation, collaboration, efficiency, cultural competency, access, and reform in education, mental health, and children’s services.
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AIP’s “full-service school” model brings special education, enrichment, sports, arts, mental health supports, family support, personal development, community service, multiple partnerships, and academic support and remediation together under one roof. This builds supportive communities around our children and our schools, so that students benefit from multiple supports, embedded in close relationships with caring adults. AIP runs full-service school programs, including customized school-day and out-of-school-time therapeutic, prevention, and academic support programs, at the Washington Irving Middle School (Roslindale neighborhood of Boston) and Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School (in the Grove Hall section of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood). Click here for more information about our out-of-school time full-service school programs.
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AIP’s Special Education Inclusion Day Program is sited at the Washington Irving Middle School in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. This innovative model program demonstrates the potential for improving school and life outcomes for youth with serious emotional disturbances through well-supported therapeutic collaboration between a private mental health agency and the public schools. The Inclusion Program builds a therapeutic milieu into school day life inside a public school, so that youth with mental health challenges can move gradually and safely toward the goal of re-entry into mainstream school life. Click here for more information about our school-based Inclusion Day Program.
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AIP provides community-based Multisystemic Therapy for youth who are at high risk of delinquent, criminal, or dangerous behaviors. Working through the Boston Public Schools’ Safe Schools/Healthy Students program and the Massachusetts Dept. of Social Services, we serve youth in Boston, Revere, Everett, and Chelsea, Massachusetts. AIP was the first provider in Massachusetts of Multisystemic Therapy, a well-researched, community-based treatment model with proven results for youth with serious behavioral problems and their families. Click here for more information about our Multisystemic Therapy program.
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AIP is founder and lead partner in Connecting With Care, a school-community partnership in and around Grove Hall (a part of the Dorchester/Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston). Through school-based collaborations, Connecting With Care increases access to quality mental health services for children and families from schools and neighborhoods with limited mental health treatment access and excessive exposure to violence, trauma, and stress. Connecting With Care directly addresses racial and ethnic barriers to care. As a demonstration project, it is a model for a new approach to reform in mental health finance. Click here for more information about Connecting With Care.
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