Needham Youth & Family Services


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Needham Youth & Family Services operates as a mental health resource by providing professional and confidential clinical and programmatic services. We provide support, information, and guidance to youth and families on a myriad of issues relating to family, social life, peer interactions, stress, substance use, bereavement, pandemic-related challenges and other youth-related concerns. Read more about our clinical services here.


Register for all programs, events and workshops at www.needhamprograms.com 


We've switched to a new registration platform on MyRec (www.needhamprograms.com) which lists all of the available programs, workshops, and events from Youth & Family Services! Register directly on MyRec and keep up to date with everything that we have going on by clicking Programs on the home page and scrolling to find 'Youth & Family Services Programs'.

Follow us for updates on Facebook at Town of Needham Youth & Family Services and on Instagram @needhamyouthservices!


Please join us in congratulating the recipient of the 2023 Patrick and Patricia Forde Good Person Memorial Award

Jean Higgins

founder of "Be Kind Needham"


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Jean Higgins, pictured here at the award ceremony with Sara Shine, director of Youth & Family Services.


Helpful Information:

Riverside Emergency Services are available by calling 1-800-529-5077. Riverside's locally based emergency services are available 24/7 to help individuals in a mental health crisis and/or with an urgent substance use concern. Riverside's services are an alternative to a hospital emergency room visit.

MetroWest Care Connection is your hub for health and social services. They can connect you with mental health and substance use services, primary care doctors, and social services such as housing and food. You can speak with a Care Navigator to help connect you to services by calling 1-844-528-6800 or you can use their online tool to search for a wide range of supports  https://www.mwcareconnection.info/


Contact & Social Media Information

Residential Employment Information

Youth can sign up to be hired by Needham residents for various jobs including lawn care, snow removal, and odd jobs. *Please note: Youth, along with their parent/guardian, must fill out the form(s) linked below and email needhamyouth@needhamma.gov to receive a Participant Waiver and Release Form to be signed prior to being hired.

Youth Residential Employment sign-up: 

NEW Work Permit Process for Business Employment:
To apply for and obtain a work permit for business employment, families are directed to visit NHS Web Resources for Jobs page for information, instructions, and links to forms. 

All work permit requests are to be submitted via email to: workpermits@needham.k12.ma.us