JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE INC

Leader in Social Justice

Needham, MA   |  www.jri.org

Mission

Justice Resource Institute pursues the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence.

Ruling year info

1975

Principal Officer

Andy Pond

Main address

160 Gould St Suite 300

Needham, MA 02494 USA

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EIN

04-2526357

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Founded in 1973, Justice Resource Institute, Inc. (JRI) is a leader in social justice and trauma-informed care with over 100 diverse programs – including over 30 programs serving children 0-5 who have experienced trauma – meeting the needs of underserved individuals, families and communities across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. JRI’s mission is to work in partnership with individuals, families, communities and government to pursue the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence. Services include behavioral health outpatient clinics; secure treatment centers; HIV/AIDS services; LGBTQ+ youth services; residential services for adolescents and teen mothers; special needs educational services; foster care; and services for adults with medical and developmental needs. With over 3000 employees, we are committed to excellence, delivering targeted services that support the dignity of each person.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

STRIVE

STRIVE is a program of JRI since September of 2014. STRIVE's mission is to transform the lives of at-risk populations by providing support and training that lead to livable wage employment and societal reintegration. We pursue this mission by recruiting, training, placing in jobs, furthering the education and advancing the careers of chronically unemployed young adults (18-24) and men and women (25+) from the Boston area who because of troubled lives, incomplete educations and/or lack of work experience have little hope of gaining mainstream employment without assistance. STRIVE’s core expertise is helping out-of-work clients, including ex-offenders, with zero income find and keep jobs. STRIVE does this work because the organization’s founders, board members, and staff believe that through strategic partnerships and STRIVE’s powerful model we can help change our clients’ lives through attitudinal development, skills training and employment that moves them closer to economic independence. STRIVE’s success has societal benefits as well as individual benefits. Helping people find and keep jobs means they are contributing to the tax base rather than relying on public assistance. It means that because they are gainfully employed they have less time to participate in negative or criminal activities. It means that clients have money to spend thereby helping the local economy grow. Additionally, we do this work because it helps individuals gain a sense of dignity and improves their self esteem.

Population(s) Served
Adults

My Life My Choice is a groundbreaking, nationally recognized initiative designed to stem the tide of commercial sexual exploitation of adolescent girls. We are a leader in the fight to end commercial sexual exploitation and the only anti-human trafficking organization in Massachusetts employing a survivor-led model proven effective in helping youth leave harmful situations and build new lives for themselves. Our survivor-led model connects youth in crisis to an unwavering support system. Mentors, who are survivors of and experts on the commercial sex industry, are uniquely able to decrease a victim’s sense of isolation and support her as she moves forward in life. Prevention is core to our mission. We work to prevent the exploitation of re-victimization of adolescents through our mentoring high risk girls (not yet exploited or had an isolated incident of exploitation), offering Prevention Education groups in schools, group homes, juvenile justice facilities, and community programs, as well as offering professional training to youth serving professionals so they are equipped to identify red flags of exploitation and help youth get the appropriate supports.

Population(s) Served

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County, a division of JRI, has helped over 4,000 children and intellectually disabled adults since 2007 who have been victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or witness to violence. Working closely with a multi-disciplinary team, the agency provides direct services to children and families from any of the 20 cities and towns in Bristol County. The program is the only one of its kind in Bristol County and places a very high priority on evidence-based practice for services provided, based upon a national model of child abuse investigation and healing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with intellectual disabilities

Justice Resource Institute works in partnership to pursue the social justice that leads to opportunity and independence. JRI Health’s mission is to partner with individuals and communities to achieve the health and justice we all deserve. The Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment program addresses the well-being of individuals and communities burdened by HIV through collaborative, educational, and supportive home and community-based services in the context of a harm reduction philosophy.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adults

Our mission at First Connections is to equip parents with tools, practical strategies, and connections to other families and their communities to foster healthy parenting and guide them through the first years of the parenting journey.

Population(s) Served
Families

YouthHarbors services are designed to individually target and assist homeless youth without a family support system. The goal of the program is to help them locate a safe home base that allows them to stay enrolled in high school and continue working with us to learn the necessary life skills to achieve their full potential and become productive, participating members of adult society.
YouthHarbors fills a need that is ignored by all state and federal monies and by most philanthropic efforts. These young adults are too old for child services, and adult shelters expose them to a world that is completely developmentally inappropriate and dangerous for them. YouthHarbors' youth are ambitious, hard-working students who are determined to complete their high school education and become productive members of society, but who have trouble achieving this goal because they often do not know on any given day where they will spend the night. YouthHarbors works to ensure that these youth have all the tools and skills they need to be able to focus on their future and achieve success.

Population(s) Served

JRI provides an array of innovative and evidence-based outpatient mental health services throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. All of JRI’s Behavioral Health Centers and Trauma Services use intervention methods aimed to meet the unique needs of children, adults, and families dealing with a range of emotional, psychological, and behavioral health challenges. Therapeutic services are individually tailored to meet the goals of each person served. A variety of both traditional and non-traditional services is offered throughout our Behavioral Health Clinics including Trauma- Informed Individual, Group and Family therapy, Evidence-based practice, School-based services, Yoga and Expressive Art therapies, Sand Tray therapy, and NeuroFeedback and Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART).

Population(s) Served
Adults

JRI Developing Abilities is a resource for community supports for adults with developmental needs. We offer a range of residential, employment and day services in Metro West and Metro Boston communities, including Framingham, Westboro, Natick, Marlboro, Waltham, Belmont, Somerville, Cambridge and Ashland.
Our staff of about 245 presently supports 240 people daily in residential, employment and day habilitation services, largely funded by DDS, DCF, MassHealth/Medicaid & private pay. Our services are licensed and certified by the Mass. DDS and nationally by CARF.

We view people as having valued roles in society and appreciate each individual for what they have to offer. It is our responsibility to assist each person we serve to discover, develop and assume their valued roles in their homes, work, activities and communities.

We approach each person as someone capable of learning, who may have a disability that requires individually-designed, alternative approaches. The individual is involved in the process of developing and learning the new skills and behavioral repertoires necessary to successfully function as independently as possible at home, in work, and in the community.

Our services include Spanish language services; supports for people with Autism; expertise in chronic health and physical conditions, including visual impairment and experience with transition age adults.

We offer several models of residential supports in eleven attractive homes and two clusters of Individual Home Supports with staffing and supports designed for each individual. We have specialty supports for people with complicating medical and behavioral health needs, including homes with enhanced nursing and trauma-informed clinical supports.

Employment First in Natick and MetroWest Works in Westboro are employment centers that prepare people for employment and place them in jobs. Our assessments and activities focus on developing marketable work attitudes, experience and skills. Our services support people whose challenges would otherwise be a barrier to employment.

Full Circle ARTS is our flagship social enterprise for people with I/DD who create and sell up-cycled art and crafts. We have studios and retail space in both downtown Natick and on Rte 9 in Westboro and an Etsy web store. Our studio activities and retail marketing represent the value people with disabilities add to their communities. www.facebook.com/fullcirclearts.jri Shop: fullcircleartsstudio.etsy.com

Willow Tree Day Habilitation programs in Natick and Westboro provide innovative active treatment to improve functional abilities through community engagement. Willow Tree offers as a rich schedule of community activities, as well as spacious, state-of-the-art equipment and settings to enhance rehabilitative outcomes.

Willow Tree Transition Programs addresses post-secondary needs, by pairing day-habilitation and employment goals and coordinating services with Employment First and MetroWest Works. Attracting younger adults, this fast- growing program attracts people with goals in post-secondary education, employment who also have habilitative goals.

Population(s) Served

For over thirty years, JRI has opened doors to educational opportunity for youth in our local communities. Within our specialized schools, JRI has created academic and therapeutic programming that fosters healthy growth, learning, and fun. We have both residential and day school services designed for adolescents coping with academic struggles, social struggles, complex trauma, mental illness, and emotional challenges. Intensive individualized treatment interventions and our strong academic focus feature an array of services designed to support each student along their academic path.

Population(s) Served
Adults

JRI provides intensive foster care services, adoption supports, after-school supports, and early-childhood training and consultation for families seeking supports around safety, healthy development, and long-term success for their child. Our programs provide youth and families with environments of safety and care that aim to enhance stability and long-term success, through both foster care, adoption supports, and training opportunities. Our after-school programs provide children with safe, therapeutic environments to practice social skills and learn skills for long-term emotional success. In addition, we provide training and consultation opportunities for childcare providers.

Population(s) Served
Families

JRI provides a wide variety of specialized in-home and community-based services throughout Massachusetts. Our services include intensive care coordination, in-home and outpatient therapies, mentoring services, in-home behavioral support, parent/caregiver support and education, mentoring support for Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered youth, and for commercially sexually exploited youth, as well as mental health evaluation and consultation services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. All of our community-based programs are established in a trauma-informed framework and use evidence-based practices as a foundation of services.

Population(s) Served
Families

JRI offers a range of programs designed to support youth struggling with intensive acute symptoms. These programs include long-term intensive residential treatment programs as well as short-term stability support (both a CBAT program as well as a Partial Hospital Day Program). JRI remains on the forefront of interventions designed to support youth with both acute symptoms as well as with juvenile justice services

Population(s) Served
Adults

JRI Health and Housing works with individuals living with and at risk for HIV and HCV to help provide them with the treatment, housing, and justice we all deserve. We offer case management, rental subsidies, legal, and treatment resources to underserved individuals.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adults

Hope for all Seasons is a volunteer program coordinated by JRI staff. Our team is comprised of JRI employees, JRI volunteers and individuals from the greater community. Working together, we plan events, raise money, and create awareness in the community. All money raised for Hope for all Seasons goes to children and families in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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JRI has a proven track record of providing outcome based, trauma-informed, empirically sound therapeutic interventions for the complexly traumatized children. Clinical/therapeutic approaches we currently utilize include the following:

ARC: The approach utilized to develop trauma informed programming in JRI clinical/therapeutic programs is based on the ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) framework for intervention with youth exposed to complex trauma. It identifies three core domains frequently impacted among traumatized youth and relevant to future resiliency, including: Attachment, with the goal of building a safe caregiving system that can support youth development; Regulation, which fosters ability to safely regulate and tolerate experience; and Competency, which provides support in the mastery of an array of developmental tasks crucial to resilient outcome. ARC is designed for youth from early childhood to young adulthood, and their caregivers and caregiving systems. JRI’s continuous quality improvement system, which is used to systematically track symptom change as a result of our trauma informed services, has indicated that within 3-6 months of receiving comprehensive treatment in our community based programs, children exhibit clinically relevant and statistically significant decreases in trauma-related behavioral and mental health symptoms, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, aggression, defiance, attention problems and difficulties with executive functioning.

SMART is an innovative mental health therapy for complexly traumatized children and adolescents for whom regulation of emotional, behavioral and interpersonal life is a primary problem. The goal of this therapy is to expand the repertoire of regulating experiences for children and their caregivers and facilitate integrated trauma processing with the aim of nurturing healing and growth. Programs utilize “SMART rooms” which include an array of sensory motor strategies to facilitate improved regulation.

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY): TCTSY is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. TCTSY is utilized with children, youth, and adults around the world, and has been recognized by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice.

Programs incorporate trauma informed care. They support youth, adults and families to navigate challenges and meaningfully contribute to society. Services assist those affected by homelessness and health disparities, and those at risk through substance abuse, mental or physical health concerns, violence, and sexual exploitation.

The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework is a core-components treatment model, developed to provide a guiding framework for thoughtful clinical intervention with complexly traumatized youth and their care giving systems. Drawing from the fields of trauma, attachment, and child development, the framework recognizes the importance of working with the child-in-context, of acknowledging the role of historical experiences and adaptive responses in current presentation, and of intervening with the surrounding environment – whether primary caregivers or treatment system – to support and facilitate the child’s healthy growth and development.

BCC curriculum was developed by experts in the fields of mental health, education, trauma treatment, and residential and community based care. It is being utilized in programs spanning many levels of care, from sub-acute facilities to outpatient treatment. BCC is uniquely designed to provide a clear, systems-based approach to therapeutic work and crisis intervention, while still allowing for a great deal of individualization on the program and client levels.

Families and lifelong connections are often the most important social network in a person's life and can have an enormous impact on the effectiveness on the services, treatment, education, permanency and supports a person receive.Permanency a first and foremost goal throughout an individuals’ stay in our care. Family is broadly defined by each person served to acknowledge and include who the person self identifies as family and permanent connection. Permanency is defined as a safe committed, supportive and caring relationship that is intended to be life-long between a young person and adult.

EFT-CT is a trauma informed ARC-based intervention that can be used alone or in conjunction with more traditional forms of psychotherapy. Consistent with the ARC framework, EFT-CT incorporates 3 core components of intervention that target areas impacted by exposure to trauma including: 1)safety, 2) attachment, and 3) regulation. In addition, routines and rituals (i.e., treatment techniques that create an environment reflective of safety, predictability, and consistency) are woven throughout the model.

JRI invests in ongoing development, and regularly acquires unique organizations to enhance its service continuum. These programs provide best of breed qualities that get strengthened and incorporated as specialized agency resources. This strategy fills service gaps, while increasing operational efficiencies and economies of scale. It supports community need, reduces overhead and administration costs, and ensures JRI’s capacity to retain a skilled workforce.

The goals of all programs are 1) excellence of service and 2) the advancement of the field, through knowledge sharing, research, and development of new models of care.

JRI gets high ratings in trauma-informed care. The TICOMETER, created by the Center for Social Innovation, is the first validated instrument to measure the level of trauma-informed care at an organizational level.

JRI focuses deeply on promoting safety and understanding complex needs related to trauma, intellectual challenges, mental illness, substance abuse, socioeconomic adversity, and the effects of violence and victimization. Clients come from diverse communities marginalized by socioeconomic plight, disability, mental and physical health issues, educational disadvantage and other challenges augmented by racial and ethnic disparity. CATS allows JRI to assess the impact of our services and, subsequently, advance quality at JRI and across the field and close the outcome gap for minority students.

We are currently utilizing the CATS measures and assessments for youth being served in programs throughout JRI. We ran a pilot program for the post-discharge (LTF) project in 2017 and we are in the process of rolling this out to the entire agency. In LTF we are conducting the same measures as well as the functional assessment (RCIL) which includes educational indicators. Utilizing these existing systems, the proposed evaluation will focus on an assessment of racial and ethnic disparities in a small grouping of JRI programs and assessing efforts to retool interventions to close this gap.

JRI has 6 core values incorporated in our strategic plan. They include:
□ Staff Diversity, Retention, and Workforce Development
□ Resource Development
□ Growth
□ Pursuit of Social Justice
□ Information Technology
□ Expertise-Sharing, Growing, Creating
□ Organizational Culture

Financials

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JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Andrea Nix

Phillips Academy

Judith Tsipis

Brandeis University

Mark Cuddy

Richardson-Cuddy Insurance Agency

Robert Guttentag

Retired

Andrea Nix

Phillips Academy

Dawna Paton

Retired

Andy Pond

Justice Resource Institute

Stephen Porter

Massachusetts Medical Society

Valerie Samuels

Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, LLP

Audrey Shelto

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Monalisa Smith

Mothers for Justice & Equality

Jim Cunha

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Linda Rosenberg

Northshore Education Consortium

Linda Turner

Joel Kershner

Honorary Board Member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/28/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data