Residential schools: Still riding the pandemic wave

By Phyllis Hanlon
January 10th, 2023
Elizabeth Dello Russo Becker, Esq., is the executive director of Massachusetts Association of Approved Special Education Schools (MAAPS)

The arrival of the pandemic early in 2020 prompted residential schools to overcome significant challenges and implement some creative, strategic changes. As society creeps back to some semblance of normal, residential schools continue to engage in a post-pandemic balancing act.

The Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA) recently reported the “COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated/presented challenges to patient access to care, inadequate reimbursement and workforce shortages.” In combination, these factors created an increased need for behavioral health services as well as an elevated intensity of acuity. At the same time, many clinical and support staff have left the profession, causing a significant shortage.

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