Children’s Home

When multiple risk issues make it unsafe for youth to remain in the   home or community, Northeast offers a residential program to address these risk areas and to teach the youth and family skills needed to return the youth safely home.   Youth typically served are dealing with multiple issues including family instability, emotional trauma, delinquency, mental health, truancy, running away, substance abuse and various issues of risk. Northeast’s residential Children’s Home is a multiple unit residential treatment center serving 60 at-risk males and females ages 11-18 plus a specialized 8-bed intensive treatment program for Hard to Place youth.

The Children’s Home is licensed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services and nationally accredited by the Council of Accreditation.  We strive to ensure that all therapeutic services provided in our residential treatment center are of the highest quality and that we utilize best practice standards.

Available Services

Evidenced Based Clinical Services

  • Specialized Clinical Services for Fire-setting and Sexually Aggressive Behaviors
  • Comprehensive assessments, including psychiatric and psychological assessments
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma informed clinical services
  • Gender specific services
  • Individual, family, and group counseling provided by master’s level clinical staff

Milieu Services

  • Comprehensive behavior management system based on Boys Town Social Skills model
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) trained staff
  • Therapeutic recreational activities
  • Career development
  • Transitional Independent Living Program focusing on independent living skills and employment preparation services

Educational Services

  • All youth attend the School at Northeast, an alternative education program for students in grades 6 – 12
  • Self-contained special education classrooms
  • Departmentalized middle school and high school curricula
  • Committee on Special Education (CSE) evaluations
  • The program provides a full continuum of care to meet the clinical, developmental and needed living arrangements for older youth transitioning from care.
  • Improved ability to regulate emotions
  • Increased social skills
  • Improved independent living skills
  • Focus on transition to early adulthood
  • Improved daily functioning at home, in school, and in the community
Who can access services?

Youth ages 11-18 are referred through county Departments of Social Services, Probation, Family Court, local school district Committee on Special Education, and Northeast’s internal programs. (continued)

Services are provided to youth with a history of disruptive behavior, such as truancy, running away from home and misdemeanor criminal activity. based on PINS, JD, Abuse/Neglect, or Voluntary petitions filed through Family Court systems.

How are services accessed?

For information regarding the referral process contact Nancy Van Allen, Manager of Intake at 518 579-3600 or 518 346-2387 ext. 4509 or via email:

When are services available?

Northeast provides wrap-around services that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.

We pride ourselves on the unmatched quality of our services, and are pleased to report that in 2012:

  • 85% of our clients were satisfied with services they received at Northeast
  • 95% of parents/guardians were satisfied with services their family received at Northeast
  • 94% of our foster parents were satisfied with Northeast services in managing children in their home

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