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Residential Services

Residential services tailored to meet the needs of teens requiring out-of-home placement.

There are times when outpatient therapy is not enough to support adolescents with mental health issues. When children are unsafe at home and need additional care, it may be time for residential treatment.

Wayside Campus residential services provide 24-hour care in a safe, secure and welcoming environment. With lengths of stay lasting anywhere from a few days to a few months, Wayside Campus’s flexible residential services meet the varying needs of youth needing an out-of-home placement. We provide the ideal balance between intensive care and the social and recreational benefits of a campus setting. Our facility boasts six residential homes, each with living space for 12 teens; onsite nursing and psychiatric care; library; a gymnasium and a sports field.

We know that being away from home is hard for children – and for their families too. Therefore, we do our very best to make their stays as short as possible. Further, while youth are here, we work with families to set up community supports and after-care plans for a seamless transition home.

Below are descriptions of the types of residential services we have available at the Wayside Campus. Please contact us if you would like more information (including how to access these services).

About Our Campus

7 Residential Townhouses
A Chapter 766 special-education school
A psychiatric day treatment and partial hospital program
Gymnasium and Athletic Field
Classrooms, art recreational and sensory rooms.

Frederick Abbott Way, Framingham, MA 01701

Residential Programs

Residential treatment for youth with mental health or behavioral health needs. Youth attend public schools or other community-based educational programs. Referrals must originate from the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Short-term program for Youth referred by the Department of Children and families. Youth receive residential assessment and counseling to address mental health or behavioral health needs, with a goal of returning home. Youth will continue to attend their own home school during the day. Referrals must be submitted by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Our Chapter 766 approved residential treatment and special education program for youth who require additional educational support and 24-hour programming to support mental health or behavioral needs. Referrals must be initiated by school districts, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), or the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

Intensive clinical assessment for youth ages 12-18 who are being diverted from a hospital or require less intensive care after hospitalization. Youth attend our Day Center during the week. Referrals should be initiated by a community behavioral health center, hospital, or inpatient facility as part of the step-down process.

Day Programs

Acute day clinical service with regular oversight from a psychiatrist for youth who have acute or emergency care needs but who live at home while receiving intensive day clinical services. Referrals can be made by any mental health provider or primary care physician.

Short-term placement that Includes a full behavioral and educational assessment for youth ages 12-18 who are having challenges in school. Referrals should be initiated by school districts, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), or the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

Chapter 766 approved therapeutic special education school for youth ages 12-18 with educational and/or behavioral needs. Referrals must originate from school districts, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), or the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

Wayside Administrative Offices
Main: 508.879.9800

Wayside Academy
Admissions: 508-561-1814

Wayside Partial Hospitalization

Admissions: 774-279-7008

CBAT Program
Admissions: 508-561-4463

Intensive/Emergency – Residence
Admissions: 508-561-4463

Intensive/Community -Treatment

Admissions: 508-561-4463

Residential Programs
Admissions: 508-561-4463

Our services are fully licensed,
accredited and/or approved by:

  • The Council of Accreditation of Services for Families and Children
  • Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Massachusetts Div. of Medical Assistance
  • Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health
  • Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Dept. of Children and Families
  • Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Groups for Caregivers & Youth

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