The Dimock Center
The Dimock Center is a national model in delivering integrated comprehensive health and human services to Boston's underserved neighborhoods, targeting particularly the African American and Latino residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Jamaica Plain. Located on a nine-acre historic campus, Dimock offers one-stop shopping for individuals and families with services clustered in three divisions: Health and HIV Care; Behavioral Health; and Child and Family Services. In addition to its own constellation of programs, Dimock also houses a variety of other state agencies and local community-based organizations that provide complementary services, including The Division of Children and Family Services, The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and the Askia Academy (Half-way House). The Dimock Center's programs include:
Health and HIV Care
: Dimock provides the full range of preventive and primary care services for children and adults in addition to women's health services (OB/GYN), eye care, dental services, laboratory and pharmacy. Its expertise in care for HIV/AIDS-affected individuals is well-known and includes not only medical care but also significant case management, support and community education initiatives. Dimock provides free, anonymous HIV counseling and testing as well as the Health Access Project to ensure that individuals with HIV/AIDS are able to access critically needed services.
: Shortly after opening its doors as a health center in 1969, Dimock added substance abuse services to its complement of services. Today, Dimock provides a continuum of programs that include an inpatient detoxification unit (one of two left in the City), a half-way house for men, a three-quarter way house for women with tri-diagnoses (substance abuse, HIV and mental health issues), and outpatient counseling. In 1996, Dimock merged with the Dorchester Counseling Center and now manages residential homes for developmentally delayed adults as well as the Transitions of Boston-Clubhouse program.
Child and Family Services
: Dimock provides a range of programs to support families including a Head Start Program, an Early Head Start Program (birth to three years), Early Intervention (birth to three years for developmentally challenged infants and toddlers), and the Pediatric AIDS program (one of the nation's first programs for children born with HIV/AIDS). Additionally, Dimock provides after-school programs and operates the Mary Eliza Mahoney Transitional Housing Program-one of the only shelters in Massachusetts that accepts families with teenaged sons. Rounding out these services are Dimock's Adult Education Programs that target the pre-GED and GED needs of both employees and community members.