Child & Adolescent

Mental Health

(formerly Center for Youth and Family Services)

69 Capital Drive
West Springfield, MA 01089-1344
Phone: (413) 737-2679
Fax: (413) 733-3721
Education Director: Mike McCarthy

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CHD's Child & Adolescent Mental Health programs provide residential, respite, home-based treatment, foster care, and therapeutic after-school services to young people ranging in age from 6 to 21 years old. Children are referred into this program through various departments within state and local government.

The Day Program is a therapeutic afterschool program in Holyoke for 20 young children and adolescents referred to CHD through the state Dept. of Mental Health (DMH).

Home Support is an outreach stabilization program for 10 to 12 youths referred to CHD from DMH who are at-risk for out-of-home placements. CHD works with families to develop behavior management strategies and support systems so a child isn't hospitalized or placed in foster care.  

Respite is designed to interrupt cycles of family crisis by providing young children and adolescents the opportunity to live temporarily in a CHD residential home or in short-term foster care to avoid hospitalization or longer out-of-home placements. These respites are voluntary and planned in advance and can last up to 30 days.  

Residential Treatment is a transitional independent living program for boys and girls 16 to 18 years of age, referred by DMH. They live in 24-hour, staffed residential facility and continue to go to school while learning the skills of independent living.