Groden Center, Inc.

The Groden Center Day and Residential Programs provide a broad range of individualized services in the most normal and least restrictive settings possible. Instruction is provided in functional skill development, communication, emotional and social development, physical and recreational skills, domestic responsibilities, community awareness, adaptive living skill and vocational education.


The Groden Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of children and youth with autism, behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead productive, dignified and satisfying lives by:

  • Providing the most effective educational, therapeutic, and other habilitative services;
  • Advancing knowledge and best practices through research, education and training;
  • Involving, educating, and supporting families in caring and advocating for their children.

Referral Process

Local school departments, state agencies and other responsible providers can make referrals directly to the program by contacting the Admissions Office at the Center. Families, advocates and funding agencies are welcome to visit the Center to tour the program. When the Center receives all of the individual’s current records the funding agent, family and child/youth will visit the Center for an interview and screening to determine program needs. Following this review process, the Center will determine how and when it can best serve the individual, notifying the funding agent and family.

The Day Program serves children and youth between the ages of 3 and 21. The residential program serves adolescents between the ages of 12 and 21 from Rhode Island and other neighboring states. The following diagnostic criteria are a guide for referring individuals to the program:

  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Serious Communication and Learning Disabilities
  • Dual-Diagnosed Cognitive and Mental Health Disorders.

Groden Center’s Autism Programs receive international accreditation

The Groden Center’s Community Housing/Residential, Foster Family Services and Supports for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder programs have demonstrated that they meet international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence and has been awarded by CARF, their Three Year Accreditation. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows our organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.

The Groden Center is one of only two accredited organizations in New England for Autism Services.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about CARF Click here.

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