Residential Program

The Groden Center Residential Program enhances the lives of children and youth with developmental disabilities, autism, behavioral disorders, and others at risk, and their families through provision of an intensive learning environment where they can achieve a balance across all life skills that leads to greater independence and inclusion. The center is dedicated to understanding the developmental needs of its children and youth, investigating the most effective educational and treatment strategies, and contributing this information to related fields.


CARF Accreditation

The Groden Center’s Residential Program has demonstrated that it meets 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.

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 informtion about CARF Click here.


Who We Serve

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

Range of Services

The residential program is open 365 days per year with holiday and vacation periods that correspond with the day program.

Due to a variety of circumstances, youth may need placements outside of their own home. For these individuals, a supportive residential program can foster the development of behavioral control, social skills, and adaptive living skills, giving them the opportunity to become as independent as possible.

The Center operates several group homes for youth who are in need of alternative living arrangements. Each living arrangement serves between three and six individuals. They are located in both rural and suburban settings in close proximity to a variety of community services.

Residential client programs are coordinated with day program goals so that there is continuity across settings. As in the Day Program, behavioral technology is the foundation for teaching functional and age-appropriate skills. The small, personal living arrangements promote the youth’s growth in:

  • Adaptive Living Skills
  • Socialization
  • Communication
  • Mobility
  • Domestic Responsibilities
  • Emotional Development
  • Leisure, Recreation and Fitness
  • Self-control and Self-determination

Family members are encouraged to be an integral part of their son’s/daughter’s life. They are welcome to visit the homes, participate in home functions and take their child out for meals, special outings, overnights, holidays, and vacation periods.


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.


RITE (Residential Intensive Treatment and Evaluation) Program

For all the details, as well as a brochure, for this new GRODEN NETWORK program, please click on this link.