Non-Secure Detention Services
youth reception center (YRC)
This program assists youth, male and female, who need temporary or emergency placement in a community setting. Their behavioral, psychological, psychiatric, health and educational needs are assessed and recommendations are made to Family Court or DSS as to what level of care and services are needed, including in-home services.
Group Homes provide care to male or female adolescents who are unable to return to their families. The program gives them the opportunity to develop important skills and learn social behaviors necessary to succeed in independent living. The group homes can also be used as a “step-down” for a youth who has done well on campus but who cannot return home.
Under the auspices of the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), this home provides a treatment milieu for young boys, ages 9-14, who require intense supervision and services to address their serious
emotional issues while working closely with the child’s family.
The program offers short-term care to youth placed by the Nassau County Family Court due to ungovernable behavior while Court decide the next course of action. This structured program encourages the youth and family to work out difficulties during the child’s stay at the facility.
Our YRC is a safe place for youth in foster care, ages 14-20, to live temporarily while MercyFirst works with Administration for Children's Services (ACS), the youth and their family to work out a plan for a more permanent living arrangement. Staff are specially trained to listen to each youth’s story, support their interests and help them adjust to living away from family.