Massachusetts Community-Based Programming
A group of highly-skilled professionals provide Mount Prospect Academy's in-home, community-based services. Our team focuses on providing intensive client-driven services for families.
Within MPA's various service models, our team can work closely with families in their own environment, creating the best possibility for lasting impact. Team members specialize in providing trauma-sensitive treatment, and they maintain a trauma-informed approach within all operations. Engaging with challenging families is our strength; we demonstrate the utmost respect for and try to bring our clients voice into everything we do.
Department of Mental Health:
The DMH Flex Service program is intended to provide an individualized treatment team that will work together to assist a client and their family in achieving optimal mental health and functioning. There are four support roles available to each family based on clinical need: Clinician, Therapeutic Support Specialist, Family Partner, and Young Adult Peer Mentor. Becket Family of Services flex team members work collaboratively with DMH as well as other service providers involved with the family.
Department of Children and Families:
Project Connect: Families in this program are provided with 7-10 hours of service per week, typically with a permanency team of 3.
Building Connections: Families in this program are provided with 5-7 hours of service per week, typically with a permanency team of 2-3.
Solid Foundations: Families in this program are provided with 3-5 hours of service per week, typically with a permanency team of 1-2.
Individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, educational counseling, case management and service coordination, psychoeducation and parent training, substance abuse counseling and education, anger and behavioral management, trauma informed care, preparation for independent living, role modeling and applied learning in the community, pro-social community based groups, GROW/PTC curriculum, Family Talk, and Why Try, 24-hour call support.
*For more information or to make a referral please contact one of the offices below:
370 Merrimack Street Unit 240
Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: (978) 208-7118
900 Cummings Center, Suite 302-U
Beverly, MA 01915
Phone: (978) 969-2010
Meet Our Leadership
MPA Community-Based Services
Prior to overseeing community based programs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Susan worked in residential care for more than a decade.
In 2010, Susan started to focus on developing MPA’s first Community Based Programs, Project Connect & Solid Foundations. Over the past two decades, Susan has served youth and families in a variety of capacities.
She is a graduate of the University Of New Hampshire Graduate School Of Social Work. Susan’s true passion is in providing hands on leadership, creating unique, strengths-based youth and family driven programs, navigating around any barriers to care, finding solutions, and being a change agent to better meet the needs of children, youth, and families.
Susan continues to partner with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) providing support and guidance to others looking to make positive changes in their programs. Susan believes in BBI, and she knows that the initiatives core values should be the foundation of any program that works with children, youth and families.
Susan is happily married; her son Aidan keeps her on her toes and busy when she is not working. Susan enjoys being challenged, living life to the fullest, fearlessly directed with deep purpose, connected, balanced and grateful.
Melissa Boisvert, LMHC
Melissa has been with Becket Family of Services since 2012. Melissa has been in the field of human services for almost a decade, and has experience working in residential services for children and adults, home and school-based services for children and families, and community outreach programs. Melissa started with Becket as the first full-time Permanency Specialist assigned to work in Massachusetts Community Based Services. Since then, she has had an integral role in developing and expanding Becket’s programming and culture in the Merrimack Valley service area. Melissa began a supervisory position in 2013 and has been the Clinical Supervisor in the North Andover office since 2015. Melissa graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College and is in the process of completing the MaMHCA Certified Clinical Supervisor Training Program. Melissa has always imagined herself empowering at-risk youth and families, and appreciates Becket’s continuously growing impact on the community. Melissa has been dedicated to creating a trauma conscious environment within Becket, focusing on developing staff competency in evidenced based practices for trauma treatment such as ARC and GROW. With trauma-informed care a priority, Melissa is passionate about creating a culture mindful of wellness and self-care.
Ashley Huntington, LICSW
Ashley has worked for Becket Family of Services since September, 2011. Ashley started with Becket as a MSW intern in the Dover, NH. Ashley knew right away that she wanted to work at Becket after experiencing its strong culture for learning, helping, and supporting. After graduating with her Masters of Social Work from the University of New Hampshire, she was hired as a Permanency Specialists in Becket’s new Methuen office. In Methuen, Ashley helped to develop Becket programming and strong clinical reputation. In 2014, Ashley was promoted to a supervisor and helped start and develop the Becket Beverly office. Since, Ashley has focused on building, developing, and supporting the Beverly team. Ashley is passionate about advocating for at risk youth, supervising, collaborating and working with caregivers. Ashley has extensive trauma training (over 40 hours) in TF-CBT, ARC, trauma informed care, GROW/PTC curriculum.
Mandy Awuah Boakye
Mandy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Plymouth State University and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University in Philadelphia, PA in 2010. She has more than 13 years of experience working with youth and families. Mandy worked for nearly 9 years with children in foster care and adoption for the State of New Jersey. In 2012, Mandy moved back to New England where she worked for a brief time in a residential facility before accepting the position with Becket Family of Services as a Permanency Specialist in the Methuen office. In the past four years Mandy has earned the trust and respect of referral sources and colleagues. In December 2015 Mandy was promoted to a supervisory role just prior to the relocation of the office to it’s new North Andover location. Mandy’s work aims to be client-centered and family-focused, with the goal of bringing a spirit of humility and compassion to the families she serves. She has additional training in the ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) model as well as the GROW curriculum.