Adolescent Services

CHECKERS Comprehensive Therapeutic Services for Developmentally Disabled Adolescents with Psychiatric Needs

Checkers is a therapeutic after-school program for developmentally disabled and lower functioning adolescents, ages 12 through 17, who require intensive structured therapy to address emotional and behavioral issues. 

This one of a kind  program for adolescents with complex needs provides community-based specialized clinical services that may eliminate the need for more restrictive out-of- home interventions and placements.


Highlights of the Checkers programs include...

  • Psychiatric evaluation and on-going assessment
  • Medication monitoring
  • Individual, Family and Group Therapy
  • Therapeutic activities designed to enhance communication and social skills
  • Independent Living, Self-Esteem and Anger Management Groups
  • Point and Level System to chart treatment progress

Program Specifics:

  • Tuesday and Thursdays evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Intakes, evaluations, family therapy sessions, and psychiatric appointments may be scheduled outside of regular program hours
  • Transportation is available on a limited basis subject to availability
  • Optional week-end recreational outings available
  • Coordination of all services for one fee
  • Immediate response to all referrals
  • One of a kind new program providing specialized clinical services