Devereux MA/RI celebrates opening of new residence hall for youth with special needs
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Massachusetts and Rhode Island recently celebrated the opening of a new residence hall for children, adolescents and young adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.
The 5,800 square foot residence hall, which features two separate wings with common areas for meal preparation, dining and recreation, is designed for boys, ages 6 to 21, with complex mental and behavioral health challenges and high functioning autism spectrum disorders.
“Our new residence hall is bright, spacious and modern, and we absolutely love it,” said Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island Executive Director Kerry Ann Goldsmith, M.A. “The residence hall serves as a beautiful and comfortable setting for boys while they reside with us. Construction began in March 2020. We worked closely with Nault Architects and Bowdoin Construction to bring the building to life. The individuals in our care, as well as our staff, are excited about the new space.”
Providing individualized care
The youth living in Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island’s new residence hall previously resided in two nearly century-old intensive group homes on campus. The new facility will best meet the needs of those who require a higher level of individualized care in a safe, supportive and structured setting.
“Initially, we considered renovating the two group homes, but the cost of renovations was prohibitive and it was not a perfect solution,” explained Goldsmith. “We determined our best option would be to build a brand new building. Providing a high quality living environment is a critical component of our individuals’ clinical and therapeutic treatment.”
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