Children's Behavioral Health Initiative

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Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative

What is the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative?

The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative is an interagency initiative of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services whose mission is to strengthen, expand, and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school, and community.

CBHI Vision

The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative places the family and child at the center of the service delivery system and has built an integrated system of behavioral health services that meets the individual needs of the child and family.

CBHI Strategic Priorities

Who is eligible  for CBHI services?

Who can make CBHI referrals?

Which type of CBHI Services are offered by the Key Program?  

1. THERAPEUTIC MENTORING PROGRAM services  provided to youth in any setting where the youth resides such as the home or a foster home and in other community settings such as a school.  A Bachelor's level therapeutic mentor addresses the youth's daily living, social and communication skills. Services include supporting, coaching and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, skill-building, conflict resolution and relating appropriately to other youth and adults.

SE MA referrals:           
Pat St. Germain, M.A. LSW at (508) 675-0763 or at

Western MA referrals:  
Dr. Michael Goodwin at (413) 733-3113 ext. #1 or at

2. IN-HOME THERAPY PROGRAM services consists of In-Home Therapy provided by a licensed Master’s level Clinician and a BA-Level Therapeutic Training and Support worker.  Services include: a behavioral health assessment, development of a treatment plan; individual and family therapy; and implementation of the treatment plan.

Waltham referrals:       
Dr. Paula Stahl at (781) 894-4325 or 

3. IN-HOME BEHAVIORAL THERAPY PROGRAM services are delivered by one or more members of a team consisting of a Master’s Level Clinician – the Behavior Management Therapist – and a BA level Behavior Management Monitor.  This service is designed to treat challenging behaviors that interfere with the youth’s successful functioning at home and in the community.  Specific service components include: behavioral assessment; development of a specific behavior plan; and, implementation of the behavior plan.

Western MA referrals:
Dr. Michael Goodwin at (413) 733-3113 ext. #1 or at