Home & Center-Based Children’s Services

Home & Center-Based Children’s Services (HBCS) provides services for children and adolescents ages 3 through 21 who have medical, physical, behavioral, developmental, and/or psychiatric conditions. The program provides a variety of therapies and support services to maximize the child’s success and independence, while also providing support to family members.

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Our Approach

Trudeau’s HBCS program is designed to provide a personalized program of interventions to help each child maintain, stabilize, and/or improve his or her current levels of functioning. We tailor each goal-driven program to best achieve each child’s success and independence.

We use various therapeutic techniques and follow the latest best practices to ensure your child receives the best treatment available. Data is collected and analyzed along the way to assess the effectiveness of these techniques in changing behavior and teaching new skills.

Our team of clinicians, therapists, and coordinators work directly with your child and family to provide these interventions along with consistent teaching practices that can be applied across all settings.

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Home Based Therapeutic Services (HBTS)

Services are provided to children living at home (including children living with a foster family) who have been diagnosed with a moderate to severe physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition that benefits more from a behavioral health approach. Active treatment is provided in areas of social, emotional/behavioral, self-care, life skills and other areas of development.

Each child is given a set of specific goals and objectives that treatment interventionists are required to address. Parents and guardians also receive training in therapeutic approaches to successfully work with their children.

HBTS can only be provided when there is a medical necessity as indicated by a physician and documented evidence that we can meet the needs of the child.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. ABA uses principles of learning theory to systematically change behavior. ABA breaks down skills into small, manageable steps and provides rewards to reinforce desired behaviors. ABA therapists collect data to see how effective interventions are, with the goal of improving behaviors that are helpful and decreasing behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.

In this way, ABA is a customizable, evidence-based treatment that is positive and rewarding. It empowers individuals to gain independence by building skills that improve their quality of life. With early intensive ABA therapy, some children can achieve normal functioning, and ABA continues to help individuals across the lifespan.

HBCS offers individual and group behavioral treatment and academic instruction to children aged two to six with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or developmental delays. Sessions address developmental disabilities, behavior, communication, social play, and daily living skills.

Personal Assistance Services and Supports (PASS)

The goal of PASS is to provide families with the services and resources they need to help their children learn daily living skills, make informed decisions and successfully participate in social settings.

Families and service providers interact throughout the process of identifying, planning, accessing, and evaluating formal and informal services and resources. Shared responsibility, negotiation, and collaboration will occur between the family and service systems at all levels of the child’s intervention program development and policy formation.

Respite Services

These services provide family members with temporary relief to allow them time to participate in other activities, relax, or attend to the needs of other children living in the home.

The respite provider ensures the safety and well-being of the child while the parent is away, as well as an opportunity for the child to interact with another trusted adult.

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Eligibility and Enrollment

Children must be Medicaid-eligible through the Katie Beckett, SSI, or Rite Care programs. ABA services can be approved through private insurance.

To enroll in the program, a referral must be made through one of the following sources:

  • A primary care provider or specialist
  • Self-referral from a family member
  • The child’s school
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Service Locations & Cost

Services are delivered in the child’s home, at the Trudeau facility, and within the community.

HBCS programs are funded through Medicaid and governed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) as a component of Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Treatment is funded by commercial insurance as well as Medicaid.

Meet the Home & Center Based Children’s Services Program Leadership

Joseph Robitaille

Joseph Robitaille, MBA, LBA, BCBA

Vice President, Children’s Services

Sandra Peltier

Sandra Peltier

Director of Home & Center Based Children’s Services

Program Contact Information and Location

J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center - Main Building

(401) 739-2700


Trudeau Center Main Building
3445 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886

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