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Justice Resource Institute 

Total Achievement Program New Bedford

(JRI TAP New Bedford)

JRI TAP New Bedford's mission is to work in collaboration with families and providers to foster a safe, respectful and accepting environment that empowers the children we serve to achieve personal growth and reach their full potential.

The Total Achievement Program (TAP) provides intensive community-based, therapeutic support for children with mental health challenges to avert psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placements. TAP offers individualized goal-setting, support, and services to at-risk children to help them develop the social and adaptive skills necessary to function appropriately at home, at school, and in the community. Our program is group-therapy and community-engagement focused, and is not a respite service.


TAP staff facilitate daily group therapy sessions, foster supportive relationships with children, and develop individualized, clinically appropriate treatment plans. Each treatment plan is personalized to the needs and strengths of the child and family. TAP supports development of children in the following areas:


 Self-regulation
 Social competency
 Problem-solving skills
 Communication skills


TAP staff also provide recommendations to guardians regarding changes in the home setting that can better support the child in question. It is imperative that families are active participants in their child’s care at TAP, are open to receiving feedback, and will follow through with implementing recommended changes in the home. We want to teach families how to best support their child, and teach children how to best support themselves so they are able to transition into less-intensive social settings.

Are scholarships/financial aid available?    Our Program is funded by Department of Mental Health, there are no program fees for families. 


Is transportation available?     Yes, on a limited, case-by-case basis. We however do not want families to lose access to the program due to transportation difficulties, and can be creative with transport support (can offer gift cards to natural supports willing to support transport, can work with families to put transportation on school IEP’s, can request funding for bus passes or taxi transportation, etc.).

Who to contact to apply?

Melissa Costa, LICSW at the Department of Mental Health

melissa.costa@state.ma.us, (508) 996-7921

Program Contact Information
275 North St, New Bedford, MA 02740
(774) 425-4808
https://jri.org/services/foster-adoption-ecs/tap
Eslima@jri.org 
Hours of Operation:

Office Hours-10am-6pm, Monday-Friday
Program hours-Afterschool 2:30pm-5:30pm, 

                         School vacation weeks 9am-12pm
                         Summer break 9am-3pm, Monday-                                       Thursday; 9am-12pm Friday