Northeast operates two group homes – one for males and the other for females. Each home serves 10 youth between the ages 14-21. The homes are located in residential neighborhoods in the city of Schenectady. The primary focus of the treatment program in each home is community integration and the development of independent living skills. Youth residing in the group homes generally attend local public schools and are encouraged to participate in school and community activities. Those youth requiring special education programming attend the School at Northeast, an approved special education program operated by Northeast Parent and Child Society.
A full range of therapeutic programming and supports are available to each group home resident and an individualized treatment plan is developed by a multi-disciplinary treatment team who complete a variety of individualized strength-based assessments
- Housing located in a safe residential neighborhood
- Weekly individual, group and family therapy provided in a supportive and confidential environment
- Weekly Independent Living groups in which the youth practice skills such as navigating public transportation, cooking and managing a budget
- Opportunities to improve and practice social skills in the group home and community
- Specialized clinical services to address issues related to anger control, substance abuse, sexual offending and fire-setting.
- A comprehensive interdisciplinary clinical treatment team to provide psychiatric, psychological assessments, clinical evaluations, medication reviews and assessments for behavioral interventions.
- Completion of the “Transition Plan” Part I and II as required by OCFS regulations.
- Group homes are conveniently located near public transportation and provide routine and emergency medical care on site
- 24-hour supervision and support
- Northeast has an Independent Living Services department which provides youth training in the following life skills areas: personal effectiveness and wellbeing, daily living, self-care, educational opportunities, employment and career and community life
- Every youth receives a “Life Pak” upon discharge which contains their work at Northeast and their important documents, ie, birth certificate, social security card, non-drivers ID, etc.
- Improved daily functioning at home, in school and in the community
- Many youth are discharged to their own apartment with the help/support of aftercare services
- Clinical approaches using evidence-based treatment models such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Functional Behavior Assessment, Motivational Interviewing, ARC Trauma Treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are used address clinical needs of youth and help sustain the youth in the community
- Youth are afforded various employment opportunities through AmeriCorps, Girls Inc., Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady Job Training Agency, School to Work program at the School at Northeast and Northeast’s Community Living Services program
Who can access services?
Youth ages 14-21 referred from County Department of Social Services, Probation, Family Court, local school district Committee on Special Education, and Northeast’s internal programs. Services are provided to youth with a history of disruptive behavior, such as truancy, running away from home and misdemeanor criminal activity. In addition services are also provided to responsible youth from foster homes or residential care who would benefit from a different community-based setting.
How are services accessed?
When are services available?
Northeast provides wrap-around services that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.