NFI MASSACHUSETTS, INC.

aka Northeastern Family Institute   |   Danvers, MA   |  www.nfima.org

Mission

Maximizing potential to achieve the full promise of community living.

Ruling year info

1986

Principal Officer

Lydia Todd

Main address

300 Rosewood Drive Suite 101

Danvers, MA 01923 USA

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EIN

23-7378470

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Youth & Family Behavioral Health Services

NFI Massachusetts works collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health to provide a variety of services to youth and their families in the Commonwealth. We offer home-based services in numerous communities throughout the northeastern part of the state. Many families have benefited from the dedicated and skillful clinicians, in-home mentors, parent partners and other support staff who bring high quality services directly to their homes and communities.

In addition to its home-based programming, NFI operates a number of residential programs that offer out of home placement for girls and boys with mental health diagnoses and/or who have experienced histories of significant trauma in their lives. These programs are staffed by well-trained and compassionate individuals who provide twenty-four hour care and help the youth develop social and distress tolerance skills.

The programs and services in our Behavioral Health Division use the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework. ARC is an evidence-based practice and set of interventions proven to be effective in processing the effects of traumatic stress caused by multiple or prolonged traumas. ARC has been recognized in the National Traumatic Stress Network’s Empirically Supported Treatments and Promising Practices guide as effective for youth 2-21 years old.

The aim of all of our Behavioral Health services is to provide youth and their families with the skills and resources to live fulfilling and successful lives in their home communities.

Population(s) Served

NFI Massachusetts has a long history of providing services to the Juvenile Justice system in the Commonwealth. Working in partnership with the Department of Youth Services, NFI creates safe, healthy and therapeutic environments for DYS committed and detained youth.

NFI’s Juvenile Justice programs offer a continuum of services within the Northeast Area including pre-trial detention, assessment, residential treatment and community re-integration. Our service delivery models go beyond accountability and recidivism reduction, promoting skills and competencies that allow youth to achieve their full potential. Programs are designed to provide safe, secure, predictable environments in which youth develop the skills necessary to effectively manage the emotional, behavioral and/or substance abuse problems that may have been the source of their commitment to DYS. Staff members are equipped with a repertoire of research-based and individualized interventions that foster youth self-management and increase the likelihood that newly acquired skills are transferable to home and community. NFI’s ultimate goal is to ensure that youth are fully prepared for and successful in their return to their home and communities.

Population(s) Served

NFI Massachusetts provides both residential and home-based supportive services for adults with developmental disabilities, acquired and traumatic brain injuries, significant medical issues, and mental health needs in northeastern Massachusetts. We work collaboratively with individuals to provide them with the best care possible, and to support their full involvement in community life. NFI uses a relational approach to engage the adults in our care to set and achieve self-chosen goals, and to optimize their experiences in their homes and in their communities.

Population(s) Served

The mission of the Ambulatory Services Division is to provide the highest quality mental health, substance abuse treatment and prevention to our consumers. We accomplish this by serving all with respect and dignity in an environment that supports individual and families in their personal development.

Our dedicated staff works with consumers in the community and within an outpatient clinic setting. We partner with service providers in our community to assist clients in the most comprehensive way possible. Our work focuses on the individual and family, maximizing strengths, while addressing unique needs.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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NFI Massachusetts Inc.'s mission is to maximize potential for the full promise of community living. We strive to enlist clients and families as partners; provide responsive services that are demonstrably effective; challenge social injustice and speak up for what is right; and positively influence and contribute to the human services field.

We have adopted a number of strategies to maximize our impact:

NFI Massachusetts embodies the strategies of the National Building Bridges Initiative: we strive to provide family-driven care that is culturally and linguistically competent, gender-responsive, and accounts for the impact of complex traumatic stress on development.

We have adopted and implemented the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework in all of our adolescent behavioral health programming. ARC is a recognized promising practice by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for the treatment of complex traumatic stress in children and adolescents.

NFI has applied the Six Core Strategies to reduce seclusion and restraints and has developed a comprehensive sixteen hour training in the use of regulation skills and alternatives to physical intervention; mandatory for all employees of the agency.

NFI Massachusetts ensures fidelity in our adult services division by providing training and education in understanding the impact of traumatic and acquired brain injuries.

NFI Massachusetts has continued is legacy of deinstitutionalizing and enhancing programming for youth involved in the justice system by opening the first staff secure treatment-focused detention facility in the nation.

We mandate comprehensive 56 hour orientation training to all employees and value staff development by providing a multiplicity of ongoing continuing education opportunities to our workforce.

We fulfill our organizations values by integrating ethical leadership into our philosophy and strive for corporate distinction by balancing growth with operational excellence.

We have rightsized our organizational structure to support operational objectives and promote diligent programmatic oversight.

We offer more than 2,000 hours of training each year to a team of 600+ employees and 100+ parents, foster parents, grandparents, and other caregivers.

We have restructured our Quality & Development department to ensure that we are able to accurately measure our organizational effectiveness and to support operational success.

We have improved service delivery by adopting evidence based practices including Multi-Systemic Therapy in 2006 and ARC in 2013. We have improved our ability to evaluate programmatic impact and have cared for hundreds of thousands of individuals and families in the last four decades. Looking forward, we hope to implement a certification for adult services staff in traumatic brain injury, to partner with colleges and universities to improve service delivery, to improve staff retention in a challenging field, and to diversify our sources of funding beyond state contracted services.

Financials

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NFI MASSACHUSETTS, INC.

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Zafris

Pamela Rocha

Barbara Vinick

Howard Rich

Roger Marcorelle

Barnet Weinstein

Katherine Turner

Sharon Freeman

Jackie Rosario

Matt Sagal

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No