Mount Prospect Academy offers a 220 day academic program and 365 day intensive residential program. We serve 85 male students who range from 11 to 21 years old.
Our students have been identified for intensive residential placement and in-home social services. MPA students can be clinically identified as emotionally handicapped, learning disabled, autistic, or other health impaired. We also serve students with psychiatric and judicial issues. MPA has developed an expert understanding of this difficult-to-serve population's needs. Our programs regularly receive students from the care of their families, New Hampshire's Division of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), The Sununu Youth Services Center, and intermediate care facilities such as the Nashua Children's Home, the Dover Children's Home, the Webster House, and the Orion House.
MPA's mission is to provide a caring, safe therapeutic environment where students have the opportunity grow and acquire the skills they need to reach their educational and social potential. We aim to develop trusting relationships with students and facilitate experiences that promote their ability to self-regulate; manage thoughts and feelings; and develop feelings of safety, confidence, and competency.
Mount Prospect Academy joined Becket Family of Services in 2003. Becket is an alliance of nonprofit agencies that Marine Sergeant John J. Wolter Ed. D. founded in 1964. Wolter established Becket – in an era of institutionalization – with the goal of finding more effective ways to help the most difficult-to-serve students.
As public schools improved their services for this population in the 1970s, the Becket alliance evolved as a provider that could serve a growing juvenile justice population. Becket played a key role in helping the states of Connecticut and New Hampshire de-emphasize correctional institutions as their primary model for serving behaviorally-challenged youth. In 1993 Becket opened New Hampshire’s first treatment program designed to serve adolescents who sexually abused others, and we began to serve adolescents with dual mental health and behavioral challenges, along with cognitively-impaired adolescents who displayed behavior issues. Our successes serving these students have led to Becket's steady growth, and the alliance now has programs in four states – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Dr. Wolter aimed to help struggling adolescents find a “zest for life" and succeed in the “business of life.” Inspired by Wolter’s pragmatic and comprehensive vision, Becket has evolved to serve a range of youth and adults in various settings throughout New England. Becket's services include home and community based treatment and support, residential treatment programs, group homes, and special education schools.The Becket alliance is known for its ability to achieve successful outcomes with difficult-to-serve individuals.
Mount Prospect Academy's treatment foundation is a variety of trauma-informed practices, including the Attachment, Self-Regulation, Competency (ARC) model. ARC is integrated in both our academic and residential milieu. We use an integrated approach to recognize each student’s potential, and then motivate, educate, and empower. MPA provides students with the tools they will need to become contributing citizens within the community. Through active engagement in academic and vocational experiences, we are preparing our students for the business of life.
Becket is a proud supporter of the Building Bridges Initiative and is guided by the Joint Resolution to Advance a Statement of Shared Core Principles. As an stakeholder in the system of care, we seek to “advance partnerships among residential and community based service providers and the individuals and families we serve." Our process begins with creating an individualized plan for each individual we serve. Treatment focuses on the care and support we will provide, and the transitions that occur during and after experiences with Becket.