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The Behavioral Health Centers are licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to provide outpatient mental health treatment services to those individuals who need help managing emotional and behavioral challenges.

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Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidenced-based practice that offers treatment, rehabilitation, and support services using a person-centered, recovery-based approach to individuals diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness.

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Short-Term Crisis Stabilization and Treatment is a short-term, community-based, 24/7/365 therapeutic overnight treatment option for youth ages 12–17 experiencing acute stress or mental health or psychiatric crisis.

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Our Home-Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI) program is an intensive 4- to 6-week in-home service available to families in Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties to help they manage crisis and provide support.

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OnTrackNY supports young adults who have recently begun experiencing symptoms of psychosis to help them understand that recovery is possible. OnTrackNY collaboratively works with clients in to help them reach their educational and employment goals, maintain healthy relationships, and improve life satisfaction.

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School-Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) places Northern Rivers–staffed and –operated, NYS Office of Mental Health–licensed mental health clinics inside public schools. Clinicians work with children who have social, emotional, and behavioral needs so that they can be successful in school and in life.

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Our Mobile Crisis teams are rapid-response teams deployed in the community to help children, adolescents, adults, and families safely deal with behavioral health crisis situations.

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  • The Behavioral Health Centers are licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to provide outpatient mental health treatment services to those individuals who need help managing emotional and behavioral challenges.

    Read more

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidenced-based practice that offers treatment, rehabilitation, and support services using a person-centered, recovery-based approach to individuals diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness.

    Read more

  • Short-Term Crisis Stabilization and Treatment is a short-term, community-based, 24/7/365 therapeutic overnight treatment option for youth ages 12–17 experiencing acute stress or mental health or psychiatric crisis.

    Read more

  • Our Home-Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI) program is an intensive 4- to 6-week in-home service available to families in Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties to help they manage crisis and provide support.

    Read more

  • OnTrackNY supports young adults who have recently begun experiencing symptoms of psychosis to help them understand that recovery is possible. OnTrackNY collaboratively works with clients in to help them reach their educational and employment goals, maintain healthy relationships, and improve life satisfaction.

    Read more

  • School-Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) places Northern Rivers–staffed and –operated, NYS Office of Mental Health–licensed mental health clinics inside public schools. Clinicians work with children who have social, emotional, and behavioral needs so that they can be successful in school and in life.

    Read more

  • Our Mobile Crisis teams are rapid-response teams deployed in the community to help children, adolescents, adults, and families safely deal with behavioral health crisis situations.

    Read more


    Northern Rivers’ Behavioral Health Services comprise a community-based system of social work and psychiatric service designed to support the diverse range of behavioral health needs for children, adults, and families, while providing opportunities for awareness, growth, empowerment, and healing. Services are provided by an interdisciplinary team comprised of master’s level social workers and mental health counselors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists.

    Northern Rivers has four behavioral health centers, which are licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health to provide outpatient mental health treatment services to those individuals who need help managing emotional and behavioral challenges, including:

    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Depression and mood disorders
    • Trauma and adjustment disorders
    • Oppositional defiant disorders
    • School behavior difficulty and aggression
    • Coping with loss
    • Bullying
    • Attachment and bonding
    • Suicidality

    The Northern Rivers Difference

    Our behavioral health services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of highly-trained, compassionate professionals who provide trauma-informed, culturally-competent, person-centered care to help clients find success on their own terms. With convenient office locations and the flexibility to deliver many services right in the community, we make it easy to access services. Our continuum of services means that we have the right level of service for many situations, and our strength as an organization means clients have access to an unmatched network of community resources. 

    Behavioral Health Centers

    We have four conveniently located outpatient mental health centers:

    • 58 Academy Road, Albany, NY 12208, 518.982.2152
    • 401 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, 518.431.1650
    • 2452 U.S. Route 9, Suite 206, Malta, NY 12020, 518.292.5433
    • 530 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, 518.381.8911 

    Our centers provide help to children and adults with challenges including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, school behavior difficulty, coping with loss, bullying, and suicidality. Our mental health counselors and social workers have a wide variety of areas of expertise, and we work to ensure that every client gets the help he or she needs.

    School-Based Behavioral Health

    School districts throughout the region engage Northern Rivers to provide our Behavioral Health Center services in their schools. Rather than having to travel to a center, students may be seen by a Northern Rivers behavioral health professional right in their own school, saving time and reducing stigma. Additionally, some districts implement a more robust, integrated model that allows Northern Rivers professionals to work directly with school staff to enhance student success.

    Mobile Crisis Teams

    Our multidisciplinary rapid-response teams are dispatched to homes, schools, and community locations to aid children and adults experiencing behavioral health crises over a 6-county area ( the children’s team serves 5 counties). Our goal is to safely divert clients from emergency room visits or hospital placements and to help connect clients to community resources to chart a course to future success.

    Home-Based Crisis Intervention

    Home-Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI) is an intensive 4- to 6-week in-home service available to families in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. HBCI therapists are on call 24/7 to help families manage crisis and provide support. The program is committed to strengthening relationships while empowering and educating children and families to enhance problem-solving skills. The goal of the program is to maintain healthy family functioning in a safe environment. 

    Short-Term Crisis Stabilization

    Northern Rivers Family of Services offers short-term overnight therapeutic programs for youth ages 5–17 experiencing a period of acute stress, mental health issues, or psychiatric crisis that requires a 24/7 staff-secured (nonhospital) setting. These family-centered programs are designed to equip families and youth with a plan for success at home, in school, and in the community.

    Healy House: Support for families that includes programming for children ages 5–12. We provide customized supervision, clinical support, nursing care, and tutoring, focusing on helping children stabilize through a consistent, nurturing structure combined with behavior modification. Our primary goal is to stabilize a crisis situation to prevent the unnecessary use of a hospital emergency room or hospital admission.

    North Star: Support for families that includes programming for youth ages 12–17. Our primary goal is to stabilize a crisis situation to prevent the unnecessary use of a hospital emergency room or a hospital admission. As a youth’s crisis stabilizes, the program develops a plan of care to address underlying difficulties that led to the crisis, including making referrals for needed treatment supports and services for both the youth and the family.

    Assertive Community Treatment

    Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an intensive and highly integrated approach for community mental health service delivery serving adults whose symptoms of mental illness lead to serious functioning difficulties in several major areas of life, often including work, social relationships, residential independence, money management, and physical health and wellness. The ACT team is on call 24/7/365 to help with crises. We support recovery through an individualized, stigma-free approach that gives clients the tools to manage their recovery and set and reach meaningful goals.

    OnTrackNY

    This innovative, intensive program provides comprehensive support and services to adolescents and young adults who have recently experienced a first episode of psychosis. Our goal is to provide client-driven services including treatment, educational and vocational support, medication management, and other clinical assistance to help individuals manage their symptoms and achieve life goals.

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    Northern Rivers offers a network of NYS Office of Mental Health-licensed community-based social work and psychiatric services throughout the Capital Region and beyond to support the emotional, social, and developmental needs of children, adults, and families. Our skilled and dedicated team of social workers, mental health counselors, and medical professionals provide programs tailored to different mental health needs, serving thousands of people every year through individual, group, and family psychotherapy; psychiatric assessments; medication management; and complex care management.
    The Northern Rivers Difference
    Our behavioral health services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of highly-trained, compassionate professionals who provide trauma-informed, culturally-competent, person-centered care to help clients find success on their own terms. With convenient office locations and the flexibility to deliver many services right in the community, we make it easy to access services. Our continuum of services means that we have the right level of service for many situations, and our strength as an organization means clients have access to an unmatched network of community resources. 
    Behavioral Health Centers
    We have four conveniently located outpatient mental health centers:
    58 Academy Road, Albany, NY 12208, 518.982.2152
    401 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, 518.431.1650
    2452 U.S. Route 9, Suite 206, Malta, NY 12020, 518.292.5433
    530 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, 518.381.8911 
    Our centers provide help to children and adults with challenges including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, school behavior difficulty, coping with loss, bullying, and suicidality. Our mental health counselors and social workers have a wide variety of areas of expertise, and we work to ensure that every client gets the help he or she needs.
    School-Based Behavioral Health
    School districts throughout the region engage Northern Rivers to provide our Behavioral Health Center services in their schools. Rather than having to travel to a center, students may be seen by a Northern Rivers behavioral health professional right in their own school, saving time and reducing stigma. Additionally, some districts implement a more robust, integrated model that allows Northern Rivers professionals to work directly with school staff to enhance student success.
     
    Mobile Crisis Teams
    Our multidisciplinary rapid-response teams are dispatched to homes, schools, and community locations to aid children and adults experiencing behavioral health crises over a 6-county area ( the children’s team serves 5 counties). Our goal is to safely divert clients from emergency room visits or hospital placements and to help connect clients to community resources to chart a course to future success.
    Home-Based Crisis Intervention
    Home-Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI) is an intensive 4- to 6-week in-home service available to families in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. HBCI therapists are on call 24/7 to help families manage crisis and provide support. The program is committed to strengthening relationships while empowering and educating children and families to enhance problem-solving skills. The goal of the program is to maintain healthy family functioning in a safe environment. 
    Short-Term Crisis Stabilization
    Northern Rivers Family of Services offers short-term (1–21 days) overnight therapeutic programs for youth ages 5–17 experiencing a period of acute stress, mental health issues, or psychiatric crisis that requires a 24/7 staff-secured (nonhospital) setting. These family-centered programs are designed to equip families and youth with a plan for success at home, in school, and in the community.
    Healy House: Support for families that includes programming for children ages 5–12. We provide customized supervision, clinical support, nursing care, and tutoring, focusing on helping children stabilize through a consistent, nurturing structure combined with behavior modification. Our primary goal is to stabilize a crisis situation to prevent the unnecessary use of a hospital emergency room or hospital admission.
    North Star: Support for families that includes programming for youth ages 12–17. Our primary goal is to stabilize a crisis situation to prevent the unnecessary use of a hospital emergency room or a hospital admission. As a youth’s crisis stabilizes, the program develops a plan of care to address underlying difficulties that led to the crisis, including making referrals for needed treatment supports and services for both the youth and the family.
    Assertive Community Treatment
    Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an intensive and highly integrated approach for community mental health service delivery serving adults whose symptoms of mental illness lead to serious functioning difficulties in several major areas of life, often including work, social relationships, residential independence, money management, and physical health and wellness. The ACT team is on call 24/7/365 to help with crises. We support recovery through an individualized, stigma-free approach that gives clients the tools to manage their recovery and set and reach meaningful goals.
    OnTrackNY
    This innovative, intensive program provides comprehensive support and services to adolescents and young adults who have recently experienced a first episode of psychosis. Our goal is to provide client-driven services including treatment, educational and vocational support, medication management, and other clinical assistance to help individuals manage their symptoms and achieve life goals.