The North East Educational and Developmental Support Center (NEEDS Center) has been created to provide education, training and support to individuals with developmental disabilities to assist them to live meaningful lives, as independently as possible.

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The NEEDS Center was founded in 2012 and began operation on April 1, 2014. The agency is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization and was founded by professionals in the field of Developmental Disabilities services and supports. The NEEDS Center’s mission is to provide education, training and support to individuals with developmental disabilities to assist them to live as independently as possible. The leadership team of the NEEDS Center all have extensive histories of working with people with developmental disabilities and have specialized in working with people who present with challenging behavior. The NEEDS Center has grown over the past 4 years to 11 group residences, and 2 Day Support Programs. In addition, we provide behavioral and other support to children with autism and other developmental disabilities in school and home settings.

The NEEDS Center offers residential services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities in the following communities: Haverhill, Methuen, Revere and Tewksbury Massachusetts. These services are contracted with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS). The NEEDS Center provides these services in single family homes in the community. Each person who lives receives support is assisted to live as independently as possible, while enjoying all aspects of community living.

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The NEEDS Center provides Community Based Day Supports in our Day program located in Methuen, MA. This program focuses on developing community and pre-vocational skills for the individuals who receive support there.

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  • The NEEDS Center specializes in providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • There is a particular emphasis on providing services to individuals with interfering challenging behavior and/or dual diagnoses.
  • The NEEDS Center’s philosophy is rooted in the tenets of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
  • The services and Supports provided by the NEEDS Center draw on the best of both of these disciplines in order to assist individuals to become as independent as they can be.
  • One of the defining characteristics of the NEEDS Center is a lean administrative structure.