Special Features



JRC is a special needs day and residential school located in Canton, Massachusetts, licensed to serve ages 5 through adult. Since 1971, JRC has provided very effective education and treatment to both emotionally disturbed students with conduct, behavior, emotional, and/or psychiatric problems, and developmentally delayed students with autistic-like behaviors.

Our specific goal is to provide each individual with the least intrusive, most effective, form of treatment to ensure his/her safety, the safety of others, and promote healthy growth and development. JRC is committed to providing the most effective educational program possible.

JRC admin building, students enjoying outdoors


Near-Zero Rejections/Expulsions

JRC does not normally reject or expel students due to the severity of their behavior problems. Students who have failed or made minimal progress in their previous programs often succeed for the first time at JRC due to JRC’s highly structured behavior modification education and treatment program.

Serving Varied Diagnoses and Cognitive Levels

JRC offers a highly individualized treatment program that is able to serve students with a wide variety of behavior problems, including both students who function at normal cognitive levels and those with developmental delays. Each level has its own classrooms, residences, and activities.

Immediate Openings

A student who is eligible for admission can be admitted immediately, with no waiting. JRC will open up a space for those who are ready to be admitted.

Advocacy Assistance to Gain Admission

JRC provides guidance and advocacy assistance to parents wishing to gain admission for their children. In appropriate cases this can include assistance with educational appeals.

Serves All Ages

JRC is licensed to serve individuals ages 5 through adult. Although most of JRC’s students are children and teenagers, JRC also has an active adult services program, with its own classrooms, work activities centers, and residences.

Policy on Psychotropic Medications

JRC avoids or minimizes psychotropic medication whenever possible.

Such medications have usually failed to effectively treat the students we serve and largely function to sedate students into a drugged stupor in which education is not very possible.

In addition, almost all psychotropic medications have the following problems:

  • they have not been approved by the FDA for use with children;
  • they have known dangerous side effects; and
  • they often prove to have unknown dangerous side effects that may not turn up for years or decades after the first introduction of the medication, at which time the damage that has been done to the body may be irreversible.

JRC’s policy of avoiding or minimizing psychotropic medications is particularly important for those students who may be allergic to such medications. JRC has produced a Primer on Psychotropic Medication that will be of interest to any parent who is considering the use of such medication for his or her child. Contact us to request a copy.

Learn More

See our Education, Behavioral Treatment, and Additional Features pages for more details on the various aspects of JRC’s unique program.