Intensively Staffed Residences Bay Cove Human Services Inc.

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Contact Information

Bay Cove Human Services Inc.
Contact: Mary Jo Cooper, Vice President of Long Term Support Services
Email Address:
Phone: 617-371-3016

66 Canal Street Boston, MA 02114
Area Served: Boston

Map Location Intensively Staffed Residences


These Group Homes utilize an intensive behavioral treatment model that facilitates the acceptance of intellectually disabled individuals with severe behavioral challenges. The treatment model requires frequent behavior analysis. Upon admission to the program, each person is provided with an individualized behavior program that consists of strategies to increase adaptive behavior and decrease or eliminate undesirable behavior.

All treatment is individualized, objective and measurable and is closely monitored by the treatment team which consists of the individual, their families, Bay Cove's direct-care staff, psychiatrists and social workers. The program utilizes well-trained and highly competent staff who provide skills training in the areas of basic living, communication and socialization. The overarching goal for each individual will be to prepare him or her to function more independently in a less restrictive community setting.

Mental Health Issues

Many individuals with behavioral challenges also struggle with co-occurring mental health issues. Changes have recently occurred in medications used to treat people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Newer antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics and mood disorder medications have replaced older pharmaceuticals. Bay Cove operates its own licensed mental health clinic and psychiatrists are available as needed to make assessments and prescribe appropriate medications.

Developmentally disabled Individuals are entitled to all of the same rights by law as non-disabled adults. This includes the right to purchase liquor and to consume alcoholic drinks in bars and restaurants. Although the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse is somewhat lower than in the general population, a modest number of developmentally disabled Individuals do become addicted to intoxicating substances. Bay Cove operates group homes where such dually-diagnosed individuals can receive treatment for their substance abuse along with support for generalized and daily living skills training.
Individuals in these homes have previously engaged in behavior which has prohibited them from participating in enjoyable group activities. As these individuals gain a greater degree of self-control, many pleasurable opportunities are made available, and these pleasures provide strong positive reinforcement for their improved behaviors.

Admissions Process - All admissions are arranged through the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.

Service Types

  • Case Management
  • Group Homes
  • In-program Transportation

Program Type

  • Housing

Populations Served

  • Behavior Disorder
  • Developmental Disability
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Ages Served

  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Additional Information

  • Accredited By: CARF
  • Fees: Free Service, Personal Funds
  • Licensed By: DDS