Residential Services

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

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 with campuses in Albany and Schenectady, are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), and combine a specialized therapeutic environment with the right kind of atmosphere that will benefit clients regardless of their challenges and goals. Click here for an overview of all the Residential services Northern Rivers offers.

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Residential Treatment Centers (OCFS)

Northern Rivers operates two residential treatment centers (RTCs), licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) In Schenectady is a multiunit RTC serving up to 40 at-risk youth ages 11–21 plus a specialized 8-bed intensive treatment program for hard-to-place youth and the RTC in Albany can serve up to 30 youth ages 8–21.

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Residential Treatment Facility (OMH)

The Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) is an intensive residential treatment option licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) to serve 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.

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Hard to Place

A licensed NY State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) 8-bed residential treatment program for boys and young men ages 12–21 who require more intensive services than an average residential treatment center.

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Diagnostic, Stabilization, and Respite

For youth ages 4–12, Healy House in Albany and the Schaffer Children’s Shelter in Schenectady provide comprehensive diagnostic services and emergency respite, with an emphasis on creating a plan for success for the child and family.

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New Directions (OCFS)

New Directions is a gender-responsive, intensive residential treatment option serving 8 young women, ages 16 and 17, at our Schenectady residential facility at 122 Park Avenue.

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Group Homes (OCFS)

  • Albany: Delaware Avenue Group Home
  • Albany: New Scotland Group Home
  • Schenectady: Zoller Group Home

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Supervised Independent Living (OCFS)

The Supervised Independent Living Program (SILP) is for youth ages 16–21 who are transitioning from foster care to community living by developing a full array of life-skills training and case management support.

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Coming Soon.

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Community Residence (OMH)

A licensed by the NY State Office of Mental Health (OMH) residentiial program that 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.

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For a look at the residential experience at Northern Rivers, check out our Welcome Packet.

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  • Residential Treatment Centers (OCFS)

    Northern Rivers operates two residential treatment centers (RTCs), licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) In Schenectady is a multiunit RTC serving up to 40 at-risk youth ages 11–21 plus a specialized 8-bed intensive treatment program for hard-to-place youth and the RTC in Albany can serve up to 30 youth ages 8–21.

    Read more

  • Residential Treatment Facility (OMH)

    The Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) is an intensive residential treatment option licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) to serve 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.

    Read more

  • Hard to Place

    A licensed NY State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) 8-bed residential treatment program for boys and young men ages 12–21 who require more intensive services than an average residential treatment center.

    Read more

  • Diagnostic, Stabilization, and Respite

    For youth ages 4–12, Healy House in Albany and the Schaffer Children’s Shelter in Schenectady provide comprehensive diagnostic services and emergency respite, with an emphasis on creating a plan for success for the child and family.

    Read more

  • New Directions (OCFS)

    New Directions is a gender-responsive, intensive residential treatment option serving 8 young women, ages 16 and 17, at our Schenectady residential facility at 122 Park Avenue.

    Read more

  • Group Homes (OCFS)

    • Albany: Delaware Avenue Group Home
    • Albany: New Scotland Group Home
    • Schenectady: Zoller Group Home

    Read more

  • Supervised Independent Living (OCFS)

    The Supervised Independent Living Program (SILP) is for youth ages 16–21 who are transitioning from foster care to community living by developing a full array of life-skills training and case management support.

    Read more

  • Coming Soon.

    Read more

  • Community Residence (OMH)

    A licensed by the NY State Office of Mental Health (OMH) residentiial program that 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.

    Read more

  • For a look at the residential experience at Northern Rivers, check out our Welcome Packet.

    [English] [Spanish]

    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.

    Education
    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.

    Recreation
    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, in Albany contact:
    Julianne Patterson
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    518.426.2744

    In Schenectady contact:
    Nancy Van Allen
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    518.346.2387, ext. 4509