Intensive Residential Treatment Programs (IRTP)

Located in Westborough, NFI’s two, fifteen bed IRTPs are state-wide residential programs for adolescents who have a serious mental illness and/or severe emotional and/or behavioral disturbances.  The two programs provide vigorous treatment in a locked setting for youth who are unable to be safely treated in a less restrictive setting.   The programs are highly resourced with highly trained and credentialed staff which include child psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, clinical services, in-house education and therapeutic milieu.  Youth are referred by the Department of Mental Health (DMH). The program is structured in a trauma-informed, family focused environment.  Both the D1 and D2 units utilize peer mentors as a support to the youth placed; peer mentors are staff that have lived experience in program placement and have gone on to fulfill their educational and professional goals, and work part time supporting youth at the IRTP on the path to recovery. The therapeutic milieu and educational day programming are designed to foster success after transition out of the program.

Gender Male and Female
Capacity 15 youth per unit
Ages 13-17
Length of Stay 3-9 months
Referring Agency Department of Mental Health
Contact Michelle Mead
Phone ARP D1: 508-614-2023
ARP D2: 508-614-2033
Fax ARP D1: 508-363-1533
ARP D2: 508-368-0663


Evolution Youth and Family Handbook