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Merck Center

The Merck Center at Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence is a residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 with a wide range of clinically complex and treatment-resistant issues best helped through evidence-based treatment approaches. We successfully treat girls with issues that include depression, attachment disorders, anxiety disorders, borderline features, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders and trauma. We accept girls who are pregnant.

A high staff-to-child ratio allows for each child to receive the individual attention she needs. Our master’s level clinical staff are trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment model to help children who have suffered trauma. We also provide a wide range of expressive therapies, a challenging recreation program and sensory integration and mindfulness activities.

Our clinical, milieu and teaching staff are trained in Collaborative Program Solving, which is based on the belief that kids will do well if they can, and challenging behavior is a result of a deficit of skills to meet expectations or respond to triggers. Our staff will respond immediately to safety issues, and teach skills that will address the underlying problems leading to the unsafe behavior.

The Merck Center includes a 45-day assessment program. We provide comprehensive assessments, including recommendations for placement options. Some students stay with us solely for the assessment period while others complete their treatment at the Merck Center.

Our programs are supported by board-certified child psychiatrists and our own nursing staff. A physician from Boston Children’s Hospital holds a clinic on-campus weekly.

Girls at the Merck Center attend school at Germaine Lawrence’s academic program, which is fully licensed and meets a wide range of academic abilities.

About Us
Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health bringing help and hope to more than 25,000 children, families and young people across the United States this year. The organization offers a continuum of evidence- and research-based programs, including its two national models: YVIntercept, which offers intensive in-home services, and YVLifeSet, which gives former foster youth a good start on a successful adulthood.
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