Hope For Youth

Diagnostic & Emergency Group Home

Hope For Youth provides Diagnostic, Emergency and Respite residential services for children and youth for the purposes of stabilization, evaluation and overall treatment planning to aid in successful growth and healthy living.


About the Program

The Hope For Youth Diagnostic and Emergency Group Home provides a safe and secure environment for adolescent males and females while providing behavioral stabilization through therapeutic milieu treatments. The program is a 12 co-ed supervised residence which provides 24 hour intake and diagnostic, emergency and respite services for children and youth for the purposes of stabilization, evaluation, and treatment planning. The program provides a safe and therapeutic environment to assess a child’s needs and plan for how to meet these needs upon discharge. For those families seeking assistance in dealing with crisis or conflict in the home, it provides time away so that parents and guardians can work with their community resources to plan for their children. The program provides socialization, recreation and expert supervision by specifically  trained Residential Counselors. Youth ages 12-21 can be referred for placement in the program for varied lengths of time depending on the referral source, but the program is meant to be short term. The HFY Diagnostic and Emergency Services (DES) program accepts referrals from Nassau and Suffolk County Department of Social Services, Nassau and Suffolk County Juvenile Probation Departments, and through the Mental Health Association’s Children’s Crisis Respire Program from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

HFY Diagnostic & Emergency Group Home

The Hope For Youth Diagnostic and Emergency Group Home is located in Amityville, Long Island and referrals and intakes can be facilitated 24/7. The group home provides 12 co-ed beds in comfortable single bedrooms, dietitian planned and professionally prepared meals, socialization, age appropriate indoor and outdoor recreation and expert supervision by specially trained childcare workers.


Referrals of male and female adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 are accepted from the Nassau and Suffolk County Departments of Social Services, Departments of Probation or by order of a family court judge. In addition, youth are placed here through the Nassau and Suffolk Crisis Respite Bed Network.

Diagnostic Evaluations

  • Comprehensive psycho social assessment (including parent/guardian home visit)
  • Intake medical examination
  • On-site schooling (class size ratio of 12:1:1)
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Full psychological evaluation
  • Substance abuse screening (includes intake drug screening)
  • Level of care recommendation
  • Treatment recommendations


Our expert and professional staff includes 24-hour childcare worker coverage, an on-site licensed Master’s level social worker, a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, registered pediatric nurse practitioner and New York State certified teachers.

Residential Preventive & Crisis Respite Program

In working with youth and families in crisis, there are instances when a brief placement of adolescents into respite care, especially when in conjunction with other services, can significantly help restore family functioning and avert long-term placement or hospitalization. Legal guardians/parents are required to remain fully involved while their child is
in respite care.

  • Intake medical examination
  • Transportation to and from the child’s home school
  • After-school tutoring services
  • Availability of on-site schooling if needed (grades 7 and up)
  • Structured after-school and weekend schedule
  • Indoor and outdoor recreation, including full-day summer recreation