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New Bedford STARR

The Old Colony Y New Bedford STARR Program helps build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities by providing high quality, flexible, and comprehensive intervention and therapeutic services designed to improve the outcomes for adolescents and their families.

Our vision is to increase stabilization of adolescents and their families we serve in the Greater New Bedford Community, to ultimately improve outcomes in permanency.

The STARR Program treatment philosophy is a structured, consistent therapeutic approach facilitated by a treatment team who incorporate input objectives related to the assets as a means to achieve permanency for the adolescent and their family.  We are strengths based in that all programming and intervention is developed toward helping adolescents achieve stabilization.

  • The STARR Program will utilize a number of strategies to ensure stabilization and rapid reunification:

  • Providing focused interventions aimed at helping adolescents develop critical assets as identified in the Development Asset Model.

  • Identifying barriers to stabilization and reunification and building plans of action that begin to immediately address these barriers.

  • Supporting family connections and building stronger and healthier family relationships.

  • Promoting connections to the Greater New Bedford community to the greatest degree possible focusing on permanence, connections and stability for adolescents and their families.

  • Helping to establish a stable educational experience through extensive work with the school.

Using strengths based behavior management; and engaging the parents and the schools to learn the behavior management strategies that are successful in the program.

Stabilization Interventions

  • 24 hour per day staff secure facility
  • Short-Term Counseling, Psycho-educational groups  
  • Team Meetings that assess strengths, needs, and discharge planning
  • Weekly STARR Reviews
  • Bio-psychosocial assessments/CANS assessments
  • Psychiatric/psychological/crisis evaluations
  • DBT skills training
  • Case management services
  • PAYA/life skills education
  • Educational/remedial services
  • Community based recreation, support groups, volunteer and work opportunities
  • Medical/Dental Appointment

Clients will enter the program and work through a series of phases which include:

  • Foundation Phase
  • Framing Phase
  • Enclosing Phase
  • Finishing Phase

Developmental Assets

The Old Colony Y team members utilize the Developmental Asset framework to maximize the potential for the individual as well as the family.

Developmental Assets are essential building blocks for youth’s successful growth and development.  These are 40 qualities and positive experiences that youth need to transition successfully into adulthood. 

Below they are divided into eight categories:

  • Support
  • Empowerment
  • Boundaries and Expectations
  • Constructive Use of Time
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Positive Values
  • Social Competency
  • Positive Identity

In conclusion, the Old Colony Y New Bedford STARR Program will stabilize and assess clients and their families and provide connections to community resources within the Greater New Bedford community and surrounding towns throughout the region.

Ana Estrela, MS
Senior Executive Director

Kayla Rodrigues, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Director

Tammy Kreiner 




New Bedford STARR

106 Bullard Street
New Bedford, MA 02746
508-990-1902 tel
508-990-1907 fax