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

Short Term Comprehensive Diagnostic and Risk Evaluation

Send referrals for Short Term Comprehensive Diagnostic and Risk Evaluation to:
Jessica Repko, LCSW-R, Director of Intake and Aftercare Services
LaSalle School  .  391 Western Avenue  .  Albany, NY 12203
Repko@LaSalle-School.org  .  518-242-4731, ext. 219  .  518-242-4747 (fax)

LaSalle School began providing care for adolescent boys in 1854, and the nature of this care has changed significantly over the decades. Through the years, LaSalle School has functioned as an orphanage, group home, and residential treatment center. At-risk youth who present with complex needs can present challenges to Family Courts or DSS agencies who need to determine appropriate and least restrictive care for these youth. Since 2013, LaSalle has worked to meet this need by broadening and adapting the array of services we offer to include a Short Term Comprehensive Diagnostic and Risk Evaluation to aid referral agencies in making determinations for youth whose complex treatment needs are not easily determined. This option is particularly helpful when there has been a significant issue which brings a child to the County’s attention due to sexual victimization within the family, or sexually aggressive behaviors between siblings or minor family members.

County DSS Agencies along with Family Court Judges can refer youth to LaSalle for a brief stay, ranging from 29 to 45 days, in one of our three Specialized Residential Treatment Programs, which enables us to provide recommendations to support the identification of the appropriate services and level of care that will promote safety for youth, family and community.

While at LaSalle the youth will benefit from all of our residential services while participating in a wide array of diagnostic and evaluative measures which begin at the point of intake. While a lead clinician will review all available historical records and collaborate with appropriate collateral agencies as well as the youth’s guardians, as they develop the treatment recommendations, the youth and his family will also be engaged with a number of staff which contributes to the final Comprehensive Diagnostic Report including:

  • A LaSalle Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, who will conduct evaluations for concerns including any identified problematic sexual behaviors, fire setting, alcohol and substance abuse needs, and trauma symptoms.
  • A LaSalle School Psychologist / Behavioral Specialist, who will assess psycho-educational needs including potential CSE needs.
  • Our pediatrician who will evaluate his medical needs and recommendations.
  • Our Medical Team who will assess any ongoing health issues.
  • LaSalle’s Staff psychiatrist who will provide an initial psychiatric evaluation and treatment recommendations.
  • A Master’s degree prepared Social Worker who will work with the family to identify issues within the home which need to be addressed in order to safely meet the child’s needs.

Upon the completion of the Diagnostic Evaluation, the referring agency will be provided with a comprehensive document detailing the evaluation process which will include comprehensive treatment concerns and recommendations for level of care, community supports and safety. These recommendations may include, but are not limited to: referral to outpatient care (for local families this could be available at the Counseling Center at LaSalle or with another licensed community based provider), recommendation for residential placement (if appropriate, remaining at LaSalle could be an option, or another residential or inpatient setting), scholastic  recommendations including any learning or CSE issues, psychiatric recommendations, and the identification of outpatient through the Counseling Center at LaSalle is the appropriate option for the youth’s needs, we have the capacity to provide continuity of care and consistency with providers to support needed ongoing treatment progress across our continuum.

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