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Causes: Autism, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Education, Health, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Special Education

Mission: May Institute proudly serves individuals across the lifespan with autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, neurological disorders, behavior disorders, and mental illness to promote independence, choice, dignity, and respect. We provide compassionate and caring educational, therapeutic, habilitative, and consulting services grounded in evidence-based practice. May Institute is committed to excellence in specialized services through training, research, and the highest level of professional expertise to meet the broad range of needs in individuals, families, schools, and communities.

Programs: May centers for adult services offer a wide range of community-based services for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in massachusetts and florida. These services include residential group homes and supported living apartments, as well as day programming, vocational training, and supported employment. Dedicated, experienced staff are committed to providing respectful, effective, and supportive services within community settings. The centers include the following services:may institute provides community-based residential services in more than 120 residential group homes and supported living apartments to adults with disabilities. Staff provide assistance with daily routines, community integration, and behavioral therapies. Services are customized to meet each individual's unique needs. Support ranges from intensive 24-hour supervision to drop-in case management. In florida, we provide specialized residentatial and day programming for adolescents and adults with significant behavioral needs. Many individuals with developmental disabilities require specialized support to achieve community inclusion. Our day habilitation programs provide individualized support to adults with developmental disabilities. These programs combine medical monitoring, including nursing, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, with daily living skills training and active community involvement. Valued community work is critical to overall quality of life for an adult with developmental disabilities. Our employment training and supported employment programs provide comprehensive services, ranging from center-based work skills training to community-based job coaching and support.

may institute is one of the largest providers in the commonwealth of massachusetts of private special education schools specifically serving children, adolescents, and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, as well as with brain injury. Our three may centers for child development schools in massachusetts serve students with autism spectrum disorders (asd) and other developmental disabilities. These chapter 766-approved private schools are nationally recognized as leaders in the "best practice" education for children with developmental disabilities. Our students are surrounded by caring, highly trained professionals seeking to improve the quality of life of the students in their care. Our may center for education and neurorehabilitation school in massachusetts serves students with acquired brain injury or neurological disease. This center is one of only a handful of pediatric programs in the u. S. That focus on both education and rehabilitation. All our may centers offer full-day, year-round education. Students receive highly individualized behavioral, academic, and vocational programming. Teachers, therapists, and consultants work with students,combining best practices from the fields of applied behavior analysis (aba) and special education. About half of the students who attended our schools also received residential services through community-based group homes. These services focus on helping children and adolescents strengthen and generalize independent living skills, and are designed in accordance with each child's individualized educational plan. Our highly skilled staff provide 24-hour support and supervision to ensure that each child's unique needs are met.

may counseling centers offer outpatient evaluation, counseling, and therapy to children and adults through three mental health clinics in massachusetts. Our highly trained, multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, nurses, and interns provides specialized clinical care. They treat key emotional and behavioral concerns including anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, women's issues, and learning difficulties. The professionals at our centers strive to provide the most effective treatment, utilizing clinically proven, goal-oriented interventions and ongoing support. Our services include: comprehensive diagnostic evaluations; individual, couples, and family therapy; specialized program service accomplishments: groups (psycho-educational, therapeutic, and skills training); education evaluations and management; psychological and neuropsychological testing; separation and divorce counseling; and dialectical behavior therapy. May consultation centers in new england, the mid-atlantic, and the southeast offer home, school, and agency consultation for children and adolescents with a broad range of special needs. The centers include the following services:through our home-based consultation and early intervention programs, we help families develop effective strategies to support their children's development in the home and community. These services are designed to help children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and a broad range of special needs to improve their skills in a variety of areas. Our early intervention programs specifically serve children from birth through age 3. For public schools seeking to enhance services for students with learning, cognitive, and behavioral challenges, we offer on-site school consultation and professional development training. Our school consultation services are based on the most contemporary "best practice" approaches to assessment, education, and treatment. We carefully tailor our services to the specific needs and concerns of each individual, classroom, school, or district, developing highly individualized recommendations and plans for students. We also provide educators with professional development training and consultation services. As the northeast regional partner to the national technical assistance center on pbis (positive behavioral interventions and supports), established by the u. S. Department ofeducation, we offer technical assistance and consultation to implement school-wide pbis strategies across school systems. These services promote student achievement by improving the school's behavioral climate.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member for ten years, I have always been extremely impressed with the administration, staff, and the commitment to being responsive to the needs of the individuals served. The May Institute is a shining light for individuals with autism and related disabilities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have spent my career working as an administrator at special education schools for children with autism, and I am proud of the work being done at the May Center schools. We have some of the most compassionate, caring and dedicated staff I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Our program, educational, and clinical leaders are strong and committed to providing the services these kids need and deserve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Chatham School at 100 Seaview St was sold in Sep 2005 for $5,600,000 with a mortgage of $4,480,000 (80%). But the buyer was able to obtain an additional financing in Jun 06 for an additional $3,000,000. So how much was the property really worth?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have only heard and read great things that The May Institute has been able to accomplish with autistic children. For this they deserve 5 stars.
But, like others have commented, is it truly necessary to be paying upper management these kinds of salaries? Based on the longevity of most of them, I would find it hard to believe that there aren’t other benefits that aren’t shown in the report. How many of them will have golden parachutes when they retire? Who pays for the CEO to fly back and forth? How many have company vehicles?

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Holidays, May Institute! Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Their money goes to projects of the ceo like a pool instead of doing whats right for the kids. Mr. donor check your facts, your money goes to the ceo living in georgia. Mr. board member, you should find out what really goes on. Department of education and Department of disability services are sending their people to other companies. We need more unions for our staff.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Board member and have been for 10+ years, and believe The May to represent a extraordinary standard of excellence in the field.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization continues to decline. Additional senior people have left the company in the past year. Most telling is the Mass. Dept. of Education removing their school approval and placing them on probationary status due to not even coming close to meeting proper standards. The situation in their residences is even worse. A very sad state of affairs.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a major donor to May Institute. The commitment to excellence by the staff, and the quality of care they provide, is truly remarkable. I would not hesitate to recommend this organization to anyone seeking the best in behavioral healthcare services for a loved one, or seeking to support an organization that raises the bar on delivering great programs and services.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked for May Institute for close to 10 years, and in the nonprofit world for more than 20 years. I have been consistently impressed with the true commitment to care for people served there, from very young children to seniors. You can walk into any group home, school, clinic, or day program and see skilled, dedicated staff doing their jobs effectively and with respect. I'm proud to be associated with a place that provides this level of care.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a special education teacher in Massachusetts for more than 10 years. May Institute has done work in our district, and they do a really good job. They also have a great reputation for educating out-of-district students. People know that students who go to the May schools are going to learn, gain skills and get really good care. This is hard work day in and day out, and this company does an excellent job.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for May Institute for close to three years as a behavior analyst. I truly believe in and support the mission and vision of May Institute to provide services to individuals with disabilities throughout the country. I have personally seen tremendous progress in children receiving services from May Institute and the gratefulness of their families for the progress that they have made and are continuing to make. I am proud to say that I work for a company that not only strives to provide the highest quality services to families, but that also cares so much for these families and its employees who make these services possible.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This is a wonderful organization that does a lot of great work throughout the human services fields, from behavioral health, to privately operated schools for kids with traumatic brain injuries and developmental disabilities, to group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. The agency has location across the country and each location receives the same amount of development from the executive leadership. Even though the CEO lives in Georgia, there are two offices in GA and the CEO is in the Massachusetts offices two to three times per month.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

and the CEO lives in Georgia and goes to the Massachusetts office only once a month.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This "once great" organization continues to exist on their sheer size and PR spin. Services at the child level are poor. How can this org pay its CEO over $1M as well as having bloated salaries in many other senior positions at a time it is losing close to $2M in 2009. Is this Board of Directors asleep?

Review from Guidestar