The Terri Thomas Girls Program provides detention, stabilization, and short-term treatment services to female adolescents aged 10-20 who are court involved and referred by the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS).
The program is dedicated to the memory of Terri Yvonne-Cherie Thomas, a former DYS caseworker who was murdered in 1996, and ascribes to the belief that all young women can accomplish positive change. The gender-responsive program provides comprehensive educational, recreational, medical, and clinical services grounded in Relational-Cultural Theory.
Despite its secure residential setting, the program recognizes that healthy growth and fostering relationships, as well as relational connection, are the means and goal of women’s psychological development.
The Terri Thomas Girls program is a closed referral program, which means that participants must be referred to Terri Thomas by a state agency.