Penikese is a residential program for young men ages 18-24 who are struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, scheduled to open in the Spring of 2016.
Situated on a scenic, undeveloped 76-acre island in Buzzard’s Bay, Penikese has provided a completely unique treatment setting and therapeutic program for young men since 1973.
Highly-trained staff (including licensed counselors, educational instructors and medical professionals) reside with the young men during their stay on the island. Staff and residents share an enhanced version of the simple 19th century lifestyle, with wood burning stoves, gas lamps (complemented by modern LEDs for safety) and cooking done on an antique wood-fired stove.
Removed from contemporary conveniences and distractions, and supported by a high staff ratio, Penikese residents are able to focus on recovery, healing, and developing trusting relationships. Daily therapy, school time and skills training go hand-in-hand with cooperative community living to instill important cause-and-effect lessons. The magic of our maritime setting is yet another ingredient promoting transformation; the island milieu provides a free, yet secure, and controlled environment with endless opportunity for discovery.
The Penikese Board of Directors is delighted with it’s partnership with The Children’s Study Home, one of New England’s oldest non-profit organizations. The island facilities are bright and freshly renovated, and we have a remarkable cadre of professional staff who, like the hundreds of staff that have gone before them, have been entranced by the island’s natural and therapeutic magic.
Our brand-new website is coming soon; if you have any questions in the meantime please reach out via telephone at 508-827-5108, or by email.
Click the link below to watch a video featuring Penikese and it’s most-recent incarnation: