This week on #GandaraAtWork, episode 9, we sit down with Lianette Rivera, In-Home Behavioral Services Director, at our 80 Commercial St. facility in Holyoke.

Liannette joined Gándara Center about five years ago as a behavior management monitor. It was in this role that she found her calling for human behavior, understanding how and why people behave the way they do. As she continued to grow in her role, Gándara and Lianette teamed up; Lianette pursued her Master’s degree and Gándara was generously flexible, allowing her to work while she was in school and fund her licensing and exam fees.

Her job allows her to bring her outside-work passions into the workplace. Lianette is an avid reader, traveler, and practitioner of yoga. She reads for fun but her choice in books also stands as a testament to supporting positive mental health and behavior. Yoga, too, offers her a chance for meditation, reflection, and of course a good stretch, and she loves rallying the folks at 80 Commercial to join her as she teaches classes.

Related: #GandaraAtWork Episode 8: Abrah Orth, Director of Family Support and Training


About: In-Home Behavioral Services

Our in-home behavioral services are delivered by one or more professional and paraprofessional staff who offer a combination of medically necessary behavior management therapy and behavior management monitoring. This program is used when less intensive behavioral interventions do not reduce or eliminate a youth’s problem behavior(s) or do not increase/maintain desirable behavior(s).

Eligibility: When clinical evaluation suggests that the youth’s clinical condition, level of functioning, and intensity of need require a specific structure and positive behavioral supports to successfully support a youth in the home and community.

80 Commercial Street
Holyoke, MA  01040
Intake: (413) 846-0445 x483

440 McClellan Highway
East Boston, MA  02128
Intake: (857) 366-7040 x514

142 Crescent Street
Brockton, MA  02302
Intake: (508) 232-6670 x525

New Bedford
376 Nash Road
New Bedford, MA  02746
Intake: (774) 406-4620