Wayside MetroWest


Wayside MetroWest

Services to the MetroWest community

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Wayside has been an integral part of the MetroWest community for more than 35 years. We got our start as one of the region’s first emergency shelters for teen runaways in 1977. Today, we operate many counseling and family support programs and services, as well as the Wayside Campus, a residential, day and educational facility. We partner with local schools, medical health professionals and community leaders to identify areas of need and to develop services to support children, youth and families.

MetroWest Services are primarily virtual during COVID-19. Please visit our full list of virtual services here.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCY:  Care Coordination to help families raising a child with behavioral issues successfully juggle multiple providers and supports. For more information or to make a referral for the Community Service Agency, call 508-630-5907.

CONTINUUM SERVICES:  A collaborative initiative between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) providing intensive services to high-risk children and families. This service requires a referral directly from DCF and/or DMH.

EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR HOMELESS TEENS: Wayside’s Basic Center Program provides FREE emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth (ages 12-17) in the MetroWest area for up to 21 days, as well as emergency assistance, support and services for youth who are at-risk of becoming homeless.

FAMILY NETWORKS: A partnership between Wayside and the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which offers case management and care coordination for families needing more intensive services.

FRAMINGHAM FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER: Offering families multicultural nurturing programs, support groups, early childhood and education services, as well as information and referral resources. Walk-ins are welcome or feel free to call 508-270-1313 to make an appointment.

FRAMINGHAM COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: A partnership between Wayside, the Department of Children and Families and the Framingham Family Resource Center, which facilitates the organization of comprehensive family support systems to strengthen youth, families, and community.

OUTPATIENT COUNSELING: A full range of mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families including diagnostic assessments, psychological evaluation, medication evaluation and treatment, on-call emergency services, and individual, group and family therapy.

IN-HOME THERAPY & FAMILY-BASED SERVICES: Clinical and supportive in-home services to families needing more than outpatient therapy. For more information or to make a referral for In-Home Therapy, call 508-630-5907.

MOBILE CRISIS INTERVENTION:  24/7 mobile, on-site, face-to-face therapeutic response to youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Wayside is subcontracted by Advocates, Inc., to provide MCI services for youth and families in the MetroWest and Waltham areas. Please call 1-800-640-5432.

PARENT-PEER SUPPORT SERVICES: Guidance, resources, and support to parents of children and adolescents with social, emotional, behavioral, learning differences or mental health needs.

TEMPO YOUNG ADULT RESOURCE CENTER:  A one-stop resource center helping young adults transition to adulthood. Tempo is open by appointment only. If you would like to set up an appointment or have questions about services, please call or text 508-416-0032.

Groups for Caregivers & Youth

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