Residential Teens

Adolescents struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders can rebuild their lives again with the help of Outreach’s residential services program. At our dedicated residential treatment programs, young people (12-18 years old) focus full-time on their recovery through intensive, on-site treatment designed especially for them.

Outreach opened the doors to New York State’s first residential treatment program for adolescents as young as 12 with substance use disorder in 1984. Outreach House I in Ridgewood, Queens has been a trailblazer, providing comprehensive and compassionate care that meets the unique psychosocial developmental needs of adolescents. Based on the program’s success and the growing need in Suffolk County, Outreach built Outreach House II in Brentwood, Long Island seven years later.

Through a modified therapeutic community model, Outreach’s residential rehabilitation programs for youth integrate positive peer interactions and an organized work structure, with vocational/life skills preparation and reflective introspection. This combination helps prepare young clients for a life of recovery. Our program helps build the knowledge, skills, and self-esteem teens need to live a drug- and alcohol-free life.

On-site at Outreach Houses I and II, we host alternative schools that are operated by the New York City Department of Education or BOCES of New York State. Alongside a full day of school, residents receive individual, group, vocational and family counseling. In tandem, clients participate in therapeutic and recreational programs that promote pro-social values and healthy living.

Both clients and family benefit from a wide range of supportive family services, in what is called a parallel process. This level of care continues after the clients have completed residential treatment. Through aftercare, clients – and their family members – benefit from outpatient counseling to help smooth the transition to home, school, and community. Presently, to observe safety measures in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Family Services are available to residents via telehealth.

Outreach’s residential services are licensed by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). We accept Medicaid, Medicare, most insurance plans, and sliding scale payments.