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Educational Services


HES operates a continuum of both adolescent and latency; short and long-term residential treatment programs as well as Community Based Acute Treatment centers serving youth and families in Northeastern Massachusetts. All programs are community based, youth and family centered and support family reunification or permanency placement for youth as quickly as possible. These are relatively small, staff secure programs averaging 12 beds apiece with 24/7 awake staff supervision. Most have attending child psychiatry as well as childcare, nursing and clinical staff on site to individualize youth and family care plans. Some have associated private schools on site. The programs are as follows:


ACCESS: A short-term Stabilization, Treatment and Rapid Reunification program serving adolescent boys and girls from the DCF Cape Ann Area,


NEXUS: A group home/BTR for adolescent girls referred by DCF for medium to longer term care using local public and private schools to meet education needs,


HILL HOUSE CBAT: A co-ed Community Based Acute Treatment CBAT)  offering an alternative to or step-down from inpatient care for at risk teens,


SOLSTICE: A co-ed residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed teens with a 766 approved day school, clinical and nursing care on site,

CORNERSTONES IPSWICH: A residential program and day school serving troubled boys and girls ages 6-14 also providing short-term CBAT services.


CORNERSTONES HAVERHILL: A co-ed residential school, day school and residence for children with trauma histories needing intensive clinical care.



HES 766 Approved Alternative Schools


Health and Education Services operates three 766 approved private day schools serving emotionally and behaviorally troubled youth. Two elementary schools located in Ipswich and Haverhill (Cornerstones) specialize in addressing the psycho-educational needs of boys and girls ages 6-14 and one secondary school located in Rowley (Solstice) serves teens between the ages of 13 and 21. All three school campuses are affiliated with specialized residential treatment programs and bring together special education, nursing, clinical and behavioral staffs in small classes where students receive individualized attention.  Skilled and seasoned multi-disciplinary staff teams promote academic and interpersonal growth where students learn improved thinking, problem solving and social skills. Day students attending our schools may be living at home or in alternative care settings.  Depending on student age, the focus of school placement is to prepare students for reunification in their public school or for meaningful transitions as life-long learners living and working in the community.


Many students with social, emotional, behavioral and learning needs struggle to survive in public school settings.  These can be challenging learning environments for youth with special needs who are easily distracted or have become isolated, bullied or stigmatized by peers. Public school is not a productive or beneficial growth experience for everyone.  Some students get lost in large school systems and become overwhelmed by academic or social demands they cannot meet.  Not everyone learns the same way or at the same speed.  Emotional and interpersonal stressors may act as barriers to learning.  Past trauma can also interfere with thinking and produce frustrated, angry and antisocial behavior that result in repeating patterns of school failure. 


The Cornerstones and Solstice Schools are safe havens where small groups of students learn skills that will help them master both academic and developmental tasks. Designed around relationship as the primary teaching medium, students experience teachers and school support staffs as good listeners, instructors, mentors and coaches. Structured lessons, multi-media aides and teaching strategies introduce youth to subject matter at a pace and design to fit individualized learning styles. Teaching and promoting self-regulation of emotions and behaviors is an essential and integral part of the learning experience. Good thinking cannot happen without these skills. Our schools strive to be centers of hope for students and parents where what is happening today brings both opportunity and possibility for a better tomorrow.


For more information about our schools, please visit the following websites:

Success Story - Mr. and Mrs. Thompson
“Mr. and Mrs. Thompson” are an elderly couple who live independently in their own home. They have a very supportive family but their adult children are concerned about their parents’ well-being. They visit frequently but have their own families and responsibilities. The Companion Care Program helps by filling in and providing homecare several hours daily.

The Thompson’s daughter recently wrote to say: “This thank you note cannot hold the depth of gratitude we feel for the help that you gave to my mother. We never had any question that when Barbara, the home health aide, was providing care, my parents were safely tucked in. We slept in peace these nights.
The warmth that you shared with both my parents and with me sustained us through more weeks than I thought possible. ‘Each day in her home is a gift’, her doctor told us. Thank you for making it possible.”
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