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Breaking the silence   September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Devereux joins other individuals and organizations to promote awareness and combat the stigma associated with this tragic loss of life.

Back to school tips   Back to school: Tips for creating a seamless transition

Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares back-to-school tips for parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ACRC Conference   Devereux MA/RI staff discuss gender diversity and dialectical behavior therapy at ACRC conference

Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island’s Dr. Ashley Warhol and Bernadette Conneely discussed gender diversity and dialectical behavior therapy at the Association of Children’s Residential Centers conference.

DECA 20 Years   DECA Program anniversary: Celebrating 20 years of promoting resilience in young children

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program, a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children, ages 4 weeks to 6 years old.

Art Show   Devereux Massachusetts/Rhode Island students shine in local art contest

Artist Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.” Students at Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island are courageously expressing their hopes, fears and dreams through art - and earning accolades along the way.

June Awareness Month   Celebrating Pride Month in June

Pride Month is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community, and a time when LGBTQ individuals - and their supporters - seek to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges youth and adults face in their daily lives.

Mental Health Awareness Month   You are not alone: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is proud to serve as a nationally recognized leader in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare, providing innovative specialty mental health programs/services for youth and adults with emotional and behavioral disorders.

CIDDS   Autism Awareness Month: Nurturing greater understanding, compassion and support

In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health a leading provider of autism services for children, adolescents and adults - wants to highlight the need for greater understanding, compassion and support to help individuals diagnosed with autism lead more independent, fulfilling and socially connected lives.

STARR   Devereux Massachusetts/Rhode Island STARR program builds a sense of community

For the past two years, Sheri-ann Mclean, program director at Devereux Advanced Behavior Health Massachusetts and Rhode Island, has been cultivating a culture of trust and collaboration among staff in the organization’s Short-term Assessment and Rapid Reintegration (STARR) program in Paxton, Mass.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month   Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Promoting inclusion

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

  Recreational Therapy Month: Recognizing the value of therapeutic recreational programs

Recreational therapy uses activities such as music and dance classes and arts and crafts to help stimulate and improve the overall health and well-being of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions.

  Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Join the fight against modern-day slavery

Human trafficking is an issue that affects every country around the globe. In the United States, one of the biggest challenges to combating this form of modern-day slavery is a lack of awareness and understanding.

  Focusing on togetherness during the holidays

Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., offers tips for families to focus on togetherness during the holiday season.

  National Adoption Month 2018: Join the conversation

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Month and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health wants to shine a light on the urgent need to connect the thousands of children and youth in the U.S. foster care system with permanent, loving families.

  Recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to be included and make a positive impact in their communities.

  Helping individuals in crisis: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The American Association of Suicidology reports that, in the U.S., nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide in 2016. In addition, the organization said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with an average of one person taking his or her own life every 11.7 minutes.

  Focusing on trauma: Take Devereux’s pledge to promote social/emotional health in children

This month, the Devereux Center of Resilient Children invites everyone to embrace our shared role in promoting healthy early childhood development by taking its online pledge to promote the resilience of all children, and to learn more about the negative impacts of childhood trauma, as well as the need for trauma-informed practices.

  Devereux MA/RI 2018 Gala and Auction a huge success

The Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Massachusetts and Rhode Island center’s annual “Gala & Auction,” held this spring in Worcester, Massachusetts, set a record for the organization’s premier fundraising event. Featuring live entertainment, fantastic food, dancing and a live auction for the 10th anniversary of this event, the Gala generated more than $270,000, which represents a 20 percent increase in sponsorships and a 30 percent increase in live auction results.

  Noah D. Noyes appointed as executive director of Devereux Connecticut, The Glenholme School

Devereux announced that President and CEO Carl E. Clark II has selected Noah D. Noyes as Devereux Connecticut, The Glenholme School’s, incoming executive director. Noyes, who currently serves as the school’s operations manager, will assume this role on Nov. 1, 2018. Noyes succeeds Maryann Campbell, who will retire on Jan. 31, 2019, following more than four decades of leadership and vision.

  Kerry Ann Goldsmith recognized by the Association of Children’s Residential Centers

Kerry Ann Goldsmith, executive director of Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island, was recently honored with the prestigious “Fellow” award by the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC).

  Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island granted expedited COA reaccreditation

Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island was recently reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation for a period of four years for “achieving the highest standards of professional practice for the services it provides.” The Devereux center first received COA accreditation in 2009.

  Legislative breakfast sparks inspirational story from Devereux parent

In March, Devereux Massachusetts / Rhode Island held its seventh annual “Legislator’s Breakfast” event at its Rutland, Mass., campus. During the event, attendees heard a moving speech from Devereux parent Erica Sarro, about her son’s journey to Devereux.

  New England Psychiatrist article puts the spotlight on Ashley Warhol

Devereux Massachusetts / Rhode Island Director of Clinical Services and Internship Training Ashley Warhol, Psy.D, was recently featured in a New England Psychiatrist article called “Behavioral disorders: accurate diagnosis proves challenging.”

  Devereux employee retires after more than 50 years with the organization

After an amazing 51 years of service, Bob Wheeler Devereux Massachusetts / Rhode Island maintenance specialist has retired. The Massachusetts / Rhode Island team recently honored Wheeler and his achievements during a retirement celebration in Devereux’s Rutland, Mass., office.

  Devereux Massachusetts / Rhode Island youth named motorbike sportsmanship champions

Eight youth from our Devereux Massachusetts / Rhode Island center were crowned champions of the recent National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM) East Rodeo competition as a result of their stellar show of sportsmanship, reinforcing their self-esteem and self-discipline.