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Questions about Admissions & Referrals contact:
Jessica Repko, LCSW-R
Director of Admissions
518-242-4731 x219
518-242-4747 (Fax)

Kortney Conley
Admissions Coordinator

LaSalle School’s Residential & Day Services Programs are specially trained to work with adolescent males and their families between the ages of 12-18, who are in grades 6-12, and who are experiencing significant difficulties in their home, school, or community.

  • LaSalle is an open campus, set in a neighborhood community in Albany, NY.
  • Our admission process assesses whether the array of treatment services we have available can address the needs of the youth and his family, in order to improve their quality of life.
  • Referrals can originate from Departments of Social Services (LDSS), Family Court, or a student’s Home School District.

We are committed to making this process as expedient as possible. We are strength-based, family-centered, and culturally-sensitive in our approach to children and families.

In order to properly determine if the student is an appropriate candidate for our treatment programs, we benefit from having the opportunity to review the following materials:

  • Brief explanation of why placement services are needed
  • Pre-Dispositional Investigation (PDI) if Probation is involved
  • FASPs if case in open on Connections
  • CPS information (if applicable)
  • School transcripts and most recent report card
  • School behavior reports
  • Committee on Special Education (CSE) information and current IEP (if applicable)
  • Psychosocial, Psychological, and Psychiatric Evaluations
  • List of current medications (if applicable)
  • Any additional information, not specifically requested, that would be useful in describing treatment needs
  • Be sure to let us know how best to contact you

If the review of this material indicates he may be a candidate for our program, our Admissions Team will schedule a PPI (Pre-Placement Interview) with the student, his family, and the referring providers. Our primary objective in the interview process is to explore and consider all pertinent information to help determine if we as a treatment agency are the most appropriate service provider to address their individual and familial needs.

**Our hope is to become part of the solution for children and families, not ANOTHER failure **

During the PPI, the Admissions Team will:

  • Explain the array of programs and treatment services offered by LaSalle School
  • Answer any questions pertaining to the services of LaSalle School
  • Discuss the events leading to the student’s possible placement and explore options presently available to them.
  • Provide written materials explaining each of the programs that the student may be entering, and any / all authorization forms that will need parental signature, upon admission.
  • Explore initial and short-term goals, as well as strategies that may facilitate progress towards attaining both individual and familial goals.
  • Whenever possible, we conduct the interview on-campus to provide the student and his family the opportunity to tour the campus and meet with staff. This has proven to be a key step toward early engagement.
  • Complete initial trauma and substance abuse screening(s) if applicable.
  • Develop an engaging relationship with the student & his family, explore any obstacles to motivation, and their ability to respond to therapeutic relationships.

The team involved at Admissions considers numerous factors including, but not limited to, the degree of aggression and other key risk concerns, the range of any delinquent behaviors, peer relationships, level of community adjustment, motivation for growth & change, substance abuse history, family engagement, significance of mental health concerns, and other prognostic indicators.

The parents / caretakers are also interviewed to support treatment, and to synthesize their thoughts on their son’s possible placement. We welcome all questions or concerns that the family has throughout the process.

We understand the stressors for the child and his family and remain available to assist everyone involved in managing this difficult transition with care and compassion.


  • Facilitate the student’s introduction to his Social Work team, and all available support staff.
  • Show the student the location of his living unit and introduce him to Youth Development Specialists in his dormitory.
  • Discuss LaSalle’s opportunities for calling or writing home, and review ways to remain connected and attached with a student’s family members, as indicated. Allow the student to call home and ensure that phone pass is in place with all approved contact phone numbers.
  • Oversee the initial transition, and support the student as needed.
  • Complete an Individual Crises Management Plan (ICMP) with the student, to assist staff in adapting to the individuality of his needs.
  • We provide everything he needs for his first night (i.e. bedding, personal hygiene products, etc.)
  • Our residential team will conduct an I AM SAFE interview designed to help him feel more comfortable and supported here.

UPON ADMISSION, we will need:

  • Family Court order / Violation orders
  • School attendance records
  • Immunization records
  • Health records, including most recent physical
  • Medical insurance information, ID#, and sequence# (copy of card)
  • All signed authorizations
  • Copy of SS card, and copy of birth certificate
  • Information regarding current medications
  • Contact information for family
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