Through continued community need and support, Arbour Health System’s Community Services Programs within ACS, Allston, Arbour Fuller Hospital and Lowell Treatment Center are thriving.

The Allston Community Services program began years ago offering Family Stabilization services and has since grown to include a Community Support Program for adults, as well as In-Home Therapy and Therapeutic Mentoring for youth under the age of 21. What began with seven clinicians has now grown to approximately 50 staff serving the Metro Boston Area.

“The idea is to provide help in a patients’ own environment,” explained Desmond, program director. “We get to see the bigger picture.” The Allston community-based programs thrive on building strong relationships with referral sources such as hospitals, schools, DMH and DCF, to name a few.

At Arbour-Fuller Hospital and Lowell Treatment Center, similar progress is being made within the Community Services Programs. Arbour –Fuller offers In-Home Therapy and Therapeutic Mentoring in the Southeast region while Lowell Treatment Center offers In-Home Therapy and Family Stabilization, Therapeutic Mentoring Services and Community Support in the Merrimack Valley.

The Community Support Programs, which provide longer-term case management services to clients of all ages who are considered to be at risk within the community, are seeing growth through increased community partnerships. The AHS Marketing Department, along with CSP staff, has sought to develop linkages to community providers to better serve their clients.

“The Allston CSP program has really grown in the last few months,” Desmond said. Recent partnerships of note for the Allston program include Norcap Lodge Detox, Woods-Mullen Shelter and Long Island Shelter, to name a few. The goal with these particular partnerships is to help prevent substance abuse relapse and to help keep people in homes once they are obtained.

Both Community Services Programs have staff on call 24-hours a day for both referrals and clients.

To reach the AHS Community Services Programs call: Allston: 617-782-0505; Arbour-Fuller: 508-838-2302; Lowell: 978-322-5160.