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Advocates Deaf Respite Program, the first of its kind in Massachusetts, provides Deaf, Hard-of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind adults experiencing psychiatric crises with access to community-based, short-term support to help them recover and transition back to community living. All aspects of the program are designed first and foremost to meet the cultural, communication, and therapeutic needs of Deaf individuals.
Located in Westborough, the program is staffed entirely by clinicians who are themselves Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing and who have the skills and sensitivity to meet the communication needs of participants in the program. Participants work with staff to access resources and put in place the supports they need to successfully transition back to the community.
Our Deaf Respite Program provides:
- Personalized treatment to meet each participant's recovery goals
- A culturally competent and fully accessible environment
- Community resources
- Collaboration with current service providers
- Emergency psychiatric evaluations
- Medication management
To be eligible, referrals must be:
- Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind
- At least 18 years old
- Must live in Massachusetts
You must complete the referral process below to participate in Advocates Deaf Respite. If you have questions about the referral process, have transportation concerns, or would like to learn more about our Deaf Respite Program, please contact our staff directly.
NEWTON- The Direct Support Workers at the group living home on Walnut St. in Newton were shown appreciation from their fellow Advocates employees when a car parade came down Hull St. with folks yelling their thanks and holding up signs.
Almost 250 people gathered at the Massachusetts State House on April 14, 2015 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day.