Residential Services

Northern Rivers’ Residential Services meet the qualifications for QRTP and Family First regulations.

When a youth is unable to safely be maintained home with family, residential programs may be the right solution. Our residential programs, administered by Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center, have several locations in Albany and Schenectady. All of the facilities are certified by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and/or the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). We combine a specialized therapeutic environment with the right kind of atmosphere that will benefit clients regardless of their challenges and goals.

Northern Rivers Family of Services offers a continuum of residential treatment options that can help any youth find success.

Residential Treatment CenterThe Schenectady Residence serves youth ages 12–18 and is licensed by OCFS. The residential program provides:
• Diagnostic services for youth
• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
• Services for sexual problem behavior and fire-setting histories
• Permanency and family finding work

Residential Treatment Facility.  The Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) is an intensive residential treatment option licensed by the OMH and serves youth ages 12–18 who have exhibited mental health symptoms with a pattern of psychiatric interventions and hospitalizations. Located on Northern Rivers’ Academy Road campus in Albany in a state-of-the-art facility, this program provides youth with high family engagement and wraparound treatment planning and services. Entry to this program is through the NYS Office of Mental Health Preadmission Certification Committee (PACC).

Crisis Stabilization and Diagnostic ServicesFor youth ages 4–12, Schaffer Children’s Shelter (OCFS) in Schenectady provides comprehensive crisis stabilization, diagnostic services, and emergency respite, with an emphasis on creating a plan for success for the child and family.

Hard-to-Place UnitThe Mohawk Dorm, located in the Schenectady Residence and licensed by OCFS, is an 8-bed residential treatment program for boys and young men ages 12–21 who require more intensive services than an average residential treatment center can provide.

Community Residences and Group HomesWe have community residences and group homes that provide a coeducational living environment for youth with a focus on life and vocational skills along with a transitional component for those looking to return home or move on to independent living.

Community Residences.  Northern Rivers’ community residences, Miriam House (ages 12–17; OMH) and Academy Place (ages 10–18; OCFS), are located on Northern Rivers’ Academy Road campus in Albany. Miriam House serves 8 youth ages 12–17 who have a diagnosed mental health disorder and require out-of-home care, but do not require placement in a Residential Treatment Facility.

Group Homes.  Northern Rivers operates three group homes in residential neighborhoods, two in Albany and one in Schenectady, all licensed by OCFS. Each of the residences serves 10–11 youth ages 14–21 in a coeducational setting. The treatment program in each home focuses on community integration and developing 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 in Schenectady or the Neil Hellman School in Albany, both approved special education programs operated by Northern Rivers.

Foster CareThe Foster Family Program at Northern Rivers provides foster and pre-adoptive foster homes for children requiring out-of-home placement from birth through age 21. As members of a nationally accredited agency, Northern Rivers’ foster parents and staff are some of the most highly trained and talented caring adults in New York state.

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The Northern Rivers Difference

We believe that residential care should be a brief stop on the road to recovery for youth, and that the family is the strongest resource we have in developing a plan for success. Our goals are to stabilize the situation, provide trauma-informed, youth and family-driven services, and to develop and implement a plan for community reintegration from day one.

Every youth in our care deserves a rich, full experience. That’s why we ensure that every one of our residents receives the following.

Whether one of our 853 special education schools, public school, vocational programs, or higher education is appropriate, each resident receives the support he or she needs to set and meet their educational and career goals.

Medical care
Many residential sites have on-site medical care, and all youth have access to psychological, nursing, psychiatric, medication management, and physical health services.

We offer a full range of therapeutic recreational activities inside our residences and out in the community. From intramural clubs to trips to sporting events, museums, and concerts, we allow every youth to broaden their horizons and nurture their passions.

Community involvement and volunteerism
We reinforce the importance of citizenship, and we encourage our residents to get involved with a wide variety of community and charitable initiatives. From neighborhood cleanups to awareness campaigns, we encourage each resident to pursue what’s meaningful to them.

Planning for the future
Through clinical assessments and ongoing support, we focus on what comes next—whether that’s returning to family or independence.

For more information contact:
Nicole Madlin
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518.346.2387, ext. 4509