We know that watching one’s child struggle can be stressful for families, and we offer support and skill-building for all family members as well as for the youth and young adults we serve. We can help you navigate a complex system of care and connect you to the resources you need the most.
We are known as being team players with each other and with our funding and referral sources. By working well together, we can best assist you and your family. We also love to innovate! Complex challenges require creative thinking and we are happy to work with you in thinking outside of the box.
A particular area of strength for Open Sky's Youth, Young Adult and Family Services is our use of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP’s) which are treatment models that have been proven to work. In addition, we are proud to be an open, accessible, experienced and nurturing provider for LGBTQIA+ youth.
Finally, we understand that sometimes challenges can make it hard to see a way forward. We are always hopeful – and we will hold that hope for you and your child even when the path does not seem clear.
We welcome your questions.
Before contacting us, it may be helpful for you to know that a referral from a funder such as the Department of Mental Health (DMH) or Department of Children and Families (DCF) is required to access our services. However, we are happy to talk with you and help you work through this regardless of where you and your child may be in this process. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0333 ext. 1154.
Open Sky offers a comprehensive range of mental health services for younger children and adolescents. As always, we are committed to the use of evidence-based treatments – combined with age-appropriate wraparound services – to assist young children and adolescents to move beyond their social-emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric challenges and return successfully to their homes, schools and the community.
Our Youth, Young Adult, and Family Services are offered in three categories:
Worcester Continuum of Care
Caring Together is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the Department of Children and Families to provide services for youth with emotional challenges and/or multi-stressed families. Services include flexible individualized treatment, rehabilitation, supervision and supports that vary in intensity depending on youth and family needs. Services are provided by the same core team of staff members regardless of the setting in which the youth resides. In addition to delivering services using a Wraparound philosophy, the Continuum offers long and short term out-of-home care for youth who cannot be safely maintained at home.
Open Sky offers structured group home programs for adolescents ages 13-18 and young adults ages 18-25 with a history of emotional, behavioral and psychiatric difficulties that have resulted in problems in school, home or the community. We accept referrals from the Department of Mental Health in the Central Mass and Metro Suburban areas, or by the Department of Children and Families.
Youth receiving our group home services attend school in the community, while young adults attend school, day programs, job readiness programs or maintain jobs. Young adults also have the option to attend an internal day program until they have the skills necessary to be successful in other day programming as mentioned. While doing so, they are working to enhance their personal, social, and independent living skills. All of this is aimed at reunification with their families or transition to independent living. The programs utilize a Wraparound model which helps youth and young adults, family, family support members, and service providers to work together cohesively to support the family or youth/young adult.
Flexible Support Services
Flexible Support Services (FSS) are designed to assist youth between the ages of 8 and 21 and their families who are DMH-eligible and DMH-referred, and who live in Central Massachusetts. FFS services assist youth and their family members to develop skills, strategies and supports to sustain the youth in the family’s natural environment, and to help the youth successfully function in the community.
The program supports the ongoing development of age-appropriate social, emotional, academic and pre-work skills. Services are highly flexible and individualized to meet the varying needs of youth and their families. Services are offered by a Team consisting of a Clinician, Therapeutic Support Specialist, Peer Mentor, and Family Partner. The youth, family, FSS Team, and DMH will determine which of these services will best suit the youth and family’s needs. FSS also offers Group Support that is offered on Saturdays. Our latency group (ages 8-13) runs from 9a-12p, while the adolescent group (ages 14-21) runs from 1p-4p.