391 Western Avenue, Albany, New York :: (518) 242-4731

Overview of Residential Services

For more information about Residential Services at LaSalle School, contact:
Anne C. Moscinski, Associate Executive Director
LaSalle School  .  391 Western Avenue  .  Albany, NY 12203
Anne@LaSalle-School.org  .  518-242-4731, ext. 201

Residential Treatment Center Services at LaSalle School, through the provision of a comprehensive therapeutic milieu, integrated with clinical and educational interventions, targets the issues which disrupted a youth’s ability to safely remain at home and in his community. Whether a youth comes to the attention of the County or District authorities for Juvenile Delinquency, PINS behaviors, or as a result of CPS interventions with the family, our services are equipped to work with that youth and his family. It is not unusual for a youth to transition to one of our STP programs directly from a children’s psychiatric facility. Our Residential Treatment Center offers a developmentally appropriate continuum of integrated specialized residential treatment programs, which are designed to meet each resident’s needs, build his strengths, and foster resiliency in order to support his ability to progress and experience stability in the future. Nationally accredited, our full array of services meets the highest national standards of quality.

Our unique range of programs provides evidence informed comprehensive treatment services which address trauma symptoms resulting from the impact of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences. With a focus on early Family Engagement, strengths based treatment planning, while incorporating strategies rooted in the latest brain science, our mission-driven efforts seek to guide a youth and his family towards a future with meaningful personal connections, realistic opportunities, and a sense of well-being.

Our treatment services have the expertise and capacity to address the significant issues rooted in childhood trauma, mental illness, sexual abuse (as the victim and/or the aggressor), chronic abuse, neglect, and deprivation. Our STP programs include the McCloskey Specialized Residential Treatment Program for the youngest and most vulnerable children we serve, ages 11-14. Our Junior Integrated Specialized Residential Treatment Program is designed for the 14-16 year old adolescents needing comprehensive integrated residential services. Our Senior Integrated Specialized Residential Treatment Program has service components to meet the unique needs of older youth in foster care, ages 16-21, whose permanency may be return to family, APLA-IL, or transition to the special needs adult service system. Our newest STP option is our Short Term Comprehensive Diagnostic and Risk Evaluation, which is designed to assist our county partners to determine the level of care and treatment needs for a youth with complex behavioral issues.

We are able to create a continuum of care for youth from the Greater Capital District. Our community based services allow needed therapies and mental health related services to continue through the Counseling Center at LaSalle for chemical dependency or mental health treatment. Our NYS certified Junior / Senior High School allows local public school district CSE’s to continue youth in our Educational Services through our Day Services option.

Services available as part of the individual treatment plan for all youth in Residential Services includes:

  • A safe, supervised therapeutic living environment staffed with highly trained child care professionals.
  • Comprehensive opportunities to develop social skills, communication skills, coping skills, emotional regulation strategies, goal oriented decision making, effective problem solving strategies, and restorative practices.
  • A NYS certified campus school providing special and regular Educational Services for students in grades 6 through 12, including Regents and CDOS credentials.
  • Individual, group and family therapies provided by credentialed Master’s level clinicians.
  • A pediatrician supported infirmary staffed with medical professionals who provide medical assessments, treatments, services and interventions to address the health needs and well-being of each child.
  • An OASAS licensed Chemical Dependency Treatment outpatient clinic providing services for students dealing with substance abuse issues, as well as those who may be child of an addict or alcoholic (COA).
  • A therapeutic age appropriate pro-social recreation program built on concepts of positive youth development providing a full range of opportunities to experience sports, clubs, creative expression, field days, adventure based experiential learning, and community outings to a full range of exciting venues.
  • Family-based services addressing barriers to permanency and aftercare family work supporting the achievement of reunification and sustained permanency.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports based behavioral instruction and reinforcement strategies.
  • Workforce preparation experiences integrated into all treatment planning.
  • Integrated treatment team based service planning and delivery.
  • Community Connections works to provide early and intensive family engagement leading to improved reunification, increased stability during community and school re-entry, reductions in court ordered lengths of stay and sustained permanency. This is an optional contract add-on service.

Our campus based Educational Services offer a unique emphasis on addressing both the academic and behavioral problems which have interfered with the student’s progress in school. Carefully coordinated with the Clinical and Residential service teams, our multi-disciplinary approach allows students’ educational needs to be addressed along with the treatment and supervision needs which brought him into residential care. Research endorses that a strong predictor of a child’s future success in life is success in school. A highly structured program with a success-based philosophy surrounds our students with the resources and supports needed to function effectively in the classroom. The focus is on remediating academic skills, providing grade-appropriate instruction leading to a NYS Diploma, and developing age-appropriate classroom behaviors. The goal is to prepare students to successfully reintegrate into their local public school, the workforce, or post high school educational settings:

  • Junior / Senior High School serving both special education and regular education students in grades 6-12.
  • Registered by New York State Education Department (NYSED) and certified as a school of Special Education.
  • State-of-the-art educational facility including centers for arts, technology and physical education as well as academia.
  • High qualified certified faculty with specialized training in differentiated instruction.
  • Compliance with CSE standards and practices.
  • Grade appropriate NYS curriculum in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, Fine Arts, Occupational Education, Computer Technology and Physical Education.
  • Mainstream academic programs, with departmentalized instruction meeting NYS diploma requirements, including Regents.
  • CDOS credential available. Experiences which develop vocational aptitude and career goals.
  • Highly trained school safety counselors able to support each student’s attainment of positive school behaviors.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) principles incorporated into comprehensive behavior management strategies.

LaSalle School does not discriminate in admissions and the provision of services and programs with respect to race, national origin, or religion.