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Gender(s): Male

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Mountain Lake Academy is a New York State-approved therapeutic residential school for male students in grades 7-12 & between the ages of 12 to 21. Our 90-acre campus is located in the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, NY. Since 1999, we have offered wrap-around clinical, residential, and educational services for students experiencing emotional or learning difficulties in their home districts. We have 110+ trained and nurturing staff members to support the progression of the 36 students (maximum) in our care.

Referral packets can only originate from a sponsoring school district’s Committee on Special Education (CSE), a New York County Department of Social Services (DSS), or certain state agencies (e.g. Vermont Department of Children & Families, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families). As a private, non-public New York State 853 School, we do not accept private pay nor insurance-funded placements. The burden of cost does not fall on the families that we serve.

Mountain Lake Academy houses two different programs on campus. The Mountainview Program (24 students) and the Brookview Program (12 students) provide flexibility within our therapeutic setting to provide a community atmosphere that is most conducive for a particular student’s needs. Mountainview students benefit from a more traditional college dormitory-style residence hall, whereas our Brookview students feel more at home in our smaller social and physical setting. All of our students navigate a structured Phase System to foster personal growth. Adventure-based activities around the Adirondack Park complement the provided counseling support. Our students will experience amazing sunrise hikes, wintery backcountry skiing trips, and exhilarating rock climbing triumphs as the seasons change. With the help of a reliable, predicable schedule, without the distractions of personal technology, and amidst a peaceful mountainous setting, our students are provided a with fresh start. Family involvement and progressive family visits ensure that the skills learned at Mountain Lake Academy are transferred to the home community. Our team works alongside your student to develop a treatment plan. We’ll do “whatever it takes” to help your son succeed!

• Accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA)
• Approved by the New York State Office of Children & Family Services
• Approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
• IEP Classifications include: Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairment, Learning Disability, Multiple Disabilities. (We can seek a waiver through NYSED for students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.)
• Organizational oversight by the New York State Justice Center
• New York State Regents Curriculum and Individualized Educational Program (IEP) accommodations
• Robust Clinical Services include: Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Family Therapy, Parent Coaching, and Psychiatric Consultation
• Adventure-based activities across the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park
• Therapeutic Phase System inspires introspection and personal growth
• Therapeutic Family Visits are supported as students progress through the program
• Vocational and Culinary opportunities on campus
• High Ropes Course and Adventure-based challenges on campus
• Recreational opportunities including intramural sports, hiking, biking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, paddling, and rock climbing
• Our holistic, family-oriented approach combines an experiential-based program with an outstanding educational curriculum to deliver proven results

*** For more information see the facts listed below or click on the website link to the left. ***

Ownership Type
Non-Profit

Name of Parent Company
N/A

Name of Sister Company
N/A

Type of Land
Privately Owned

Do your students receive insurance coverage for more than two weeks?
N/A

Do you have an insurance utilization person?
N/A

Is the program on any insurance panels?
No

Religious Affiliation?
No

Please specify the type of religious affiliation
N/A

Minimum Age of Participants
12

Maximum Age of Participants
21

Can program support 18-year-olds if they enroll before 18?
Yes

Program can accept students with I-20 Visa?
No

Average Length of Stay (months)
12

Maximum Enrollment
36

Location of Program
Rural

Dorm/Housing
Single Rooms with Shared Baths
Doubles

How does the program prevent students from leaving (running) from the program
Students are Always in “Line-of-Sight” with staff

Does the program have more than one location for this particular program?
No

Family Involvement
HIGH: Family Expected on weekly calls (or more) & to attend all family workshops (weekly , monthly or quarterly)

Percentage of Aid to Adoptive Family Students
20

Percentage of Court Ordered Students
0

Percentage of Private Pay Students
0

Percentage of School Funded Students
95

Percentage of State Funded Students
5

Housing
N/A

Community Service Requirement
N/A

Random Drug Testing
N/A

Transportation Options
N/A

Support Services
N/A

House/Community Meetings
N/A

Are participants required to do chores in the house/community?
N/A

12 Step Meetings on Location
N/A

Type of Students
N/A

Types of Workshops Offered
N/A

Accommodations
N/A

Use of Personal Vehicle
N/A

Use of Electronics
N/A

Location of Workshop
N/A

Average Length of Workshop
N/A

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

State and/or National
State License
COA (Council on Accreditation)

Academic Accreditation
Other

Is there individual therapy?
Yes

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on a difficult week?
5

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on typical week?
0

Percentage of licensed therapists?
> 50%

Therapist average case load
12

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside a program?
Not Applicable

Does the Clinical Director carry a case load?
Yes

Is there group therapy?
Yes

Average number of hours per week facilitated by licensed therapist
1

Average number of hours per week of group processing? (i.e. run by staff, interns, grad students, etc.)
5

Average number of formal family therapy hours per week (not social calls to teen)
1

Is Skype accessible for family therapy?
Yes

Are there Additional Professionals? (Select all that apply)
Behavior Specialist
Occupational Therapist
Psychiatrist
Reading Specialist
Registered Nurse

Are there Medical rule outs
Yes

Possible Medical Rule Outs
Call For more information

Is there a minimum BMI
No

Can Program accept insulin-dependent diabetics
No

Psychiatrist
On staff

Percentage of students on meds at enrollment
> 50%

If psychiatrist is available to students, what percentage of students change meds?
< 50%

Types of Therapy Offered
Behavior Modification
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Does the program have a level/phase system?
Yes

If yes, are phases/levels tied to privileges?
Yes

Does program have a milieu-driven residential model? (Staff are trained in model)
Yes

If yes — select all that apply
Other

Integrated Wellness
Other

Does program use time out rooms?
No

Line staff to student ratio during awake hours
1:0.3

Does program run background checks on all staff?
Yes

Is there an educational requirement for staff?
Yes

If Yes, what is it?
High School Diploma

Average number of hours staff are trained before their first shift
40

Are night staff awake or asleep
Awake

What percentage of the line staff are full time employees?
> 50%

Grades Served
Call for more information

Average student to teacher ratio
1:0.3

Teaching/Classroom
Traditional teacher-led class

Is the program able to implement IEP’s
Yes

Can Program handle a student who is more than two grade level’s behind in reading?
Yes

Academic Calendar
Traditional School Calendar & Required Summer Term

Can program support a student to complete a GED?
No

Can program support a student who wants vocational training?
Yes

Does the school have AP Classes or the ability to give or take a student to the AP Test?
Tests

Does the academic program have the ability to provide ACT or SAT Tutoring (on or off site)?
Yes

Does program have transition services for students?
Yes

If Yes, select all options that apply to your program
Additional Therapist To Work With Student Or Family As Transition
Other

Are there additional fees that apply to transitional options?
No

Percentage of families that participate in various transition programming?
> 50%

Scheduled or rolling admissions?
Rolling admissions

Is there an enrollment fee/outfitting fee/payment in advance?
No

If applicable, is the last month’s fees due at enrollment?
N/A

Cost per month/workshop/programming (in USD)
0

Percentage of clients who return home, or to a more traditional setting (like transitions to college or gap year, boarding school, etc.)
> 50%

Does a student have to sign themself into the program?
Yes

Link to Weekly or Daily Schedule
N/A

For licensed programs, but state or under 18, please select Incidents required to be reported to the state:
Elopement
Infectious Disease
Major Injury | Death
Restraint
Runaways
Other

What is the typical amount of time a family should expect before hearing about an major incident?
8

What is the average number of clients you see per year?
35

Professional Associations/Affiliations
National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (Associate Member)

Payment Type
Call for more information

Has the program previously been part of an evidence-based study?
N/A

Is the program presently part of an evidence-based study?
No

Link to the study that the organization is part of
N/A

Type of Family Therapy/Work Offered
Other

Family involvement
HIGH: Family Expected on weekly calls (or more) & to attend all family workshops (weekly , monthly or quarterly)

Who completes the psychological evaluation?
N/A

Minimum length of stay
N/A

Does the student receive a neuropsychological evaluation?
N/A

Type Of Programming For Students
N/A

Typical Student
ADHD/ADD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other

Minimum IQ
70

Interview Requirements for Applicants
Day Visit
Other

Additional Therapy
N/A

Therapist Case Load at Peak Season
> 8

Percentage of licensed therapists?
> 50%

Average number of days/week therapist is in the field
5

Number of Individual Sessions with Therapist
N/A

Integrated Wellness Support
N/A

Do clinical assistants work with lead therapists?
N/A

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside of wilderness?
N/A

Do any of the therapists operate more than one group at peak season?
N/A

What percentage of participants receive psychological evaluations?
N/A

Does program receive a fee for evaluation or referral?
N/A

Additional levels of care offered by facility
N/A

Types of eating disorder care provided
N/A

Specialized Programming
N/A

Is program focused on full recovery?
N/A

Computer Access
Call for more information

Cell Phones
Not Allowed

Academic Options
N/A

School Name (if applicable)
N/A

School Website (if applicable)
N/A

Ownership Type
Non-Profit

Name of Parent Company
N/A

Name of Sister Company
N/A

Type of Land
N/A

Do your students receive insurance coverage for more than two weeks?
N/A

Do you have an insurance utilization person?
N/A

Is the program on any insurance panels?
N/A

Religious Affiliation?
No

Please specify the type of religious affiliation
N/A

Minimum Age of Participants
12

Maximum Age of Participants
21

Can program support 18-year-olds if they enroll before 18?
Yes

Program can accept students with I-20 Visa?
No

Average Length of Stay (months)
12

Maximum Enrollment
36

Location of Program
Rural

Dorm/Housing
Single Rooms with Shared Baths
Doubles

How does the program prevent students from leaving (running) from the program
Students are Always in “Line-of-Sight” with staff

Does the program have more than one location for this particular program?
No

Family Involvement
HIGH: Family Expected on weekly calls (or more) & to attend all family workshops (weekly , monthly or quarterly)

Percentage of Aid to Adoptive Family Students
22

Percentage of Court Ordered Students
0

Percentage of Private Pay Students
0

Percentage of School Funded Students
95

Percentage of State Funded Students
4

Housing
N/A

Community Service Requirement
N/A

Random Drug Testing
N/A

Transportation Options
N/A

Support Services
N/A

House/Community Meetings
N/A

Are participants required to do chores in the house/community?
N/A

12 Step Meetings on Location
N/A

Type of Students
N/A

Types of Workshops Offered
N/A

Accommodations
N/A

Use of Personal Vehicle
N/A

Use of Electronics
N/A

Location of Workshop
N/A

Average Length of Workshop
N/A

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

State and/or National
State License
COA (Council on Accreditation)

Academic Accreditation
Other

Is there individual therapy?
Yes

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on a difficult week?
5

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on typical week?
1

Percentage of licensed therapists?
> 50%

Therapist average case load
12

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside a program?
Not Applicable

Does the Clinical Director carry a case load?
Yes

Is there group therapy?
Yes

Average number of hours per week facilitated by licensed therapist
1

Average number of hours per week of group processing? (i.e. run by staff, interns, grad students, etc.)
5

Average number of formal family therapy hours per week (not social calls to teen)
1

Is Skype accessible for family therapy?
Yes

Are there Additional Professionals? (Select all that apply)
Behavior Specialist
Occupational Therapist
Psychiatrist
Reading Specialist
Registered Nurse

Are there Medical rule outs
Yes

Possible Medical Rule Outs
Call For more information

Is there a minimum BMI
No

Can Program accept insulin-dependent diabetics
No

Psychiatrist
On staff

Percentage of students on meds at enrollment
> 50%

If psychiatrist is available to students, what percentage of students change meds?
< 50%

Types of Therapy Offered
Behavior Modification
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Does the program have a level/phase system?
Yes

If yes, are phases/levels tied to privileges?
Yes

Does program have a milieu-driven residential model? (Staff are trained in model)
Yes

If yes — select all that apply
Other

Integrated Wellness
Other

Does program use time out rooms?
No

Line staff to student ratio during awake hours
1:0.3

Does program run background checks on all staff?
Yes

Is there an educational requirement for staff?
Yes

If Yes, what is it?
High School Diploma

Average number of hours staff are trained before their first shift
40

Are night staff awake or asleep
Awake

What percentage of the line staff are full time employees?
> 50%

Grades Served
Call for more information

Average student to teacher ratio
1:0.3

Teaching/Classroom
Traditional teacher-led class

Is the program able to implement IEP’s
Yes

Can Program handle a student who is more than two grade level’s behind in reading?
Yes

Academic Calendar
Traditional School Calendar & Required Summer Term

Can program support a student to complete a GED?
No

Can program support a student who wants vocational training?
Yes

Does the school have AP Classes or the ability to give or take a student to the AP Test?
Tests

Does the academic program have the ability to provide ACT or SAT Tutoring (on or off site)?
Yes

Does program have transition services for students?
Yes

If Yes, select all options that apply to your program
Additional Therapist To Work With Student Or Family As Transition
Other

Are there additional fees that apply to transitional options?
No

Percentage of families that participate in various transition programming?
> 50%

Scheduled or rolling admissions?
Rolling admissions

Is there an enrollment fee/outfitting fee/payment in advance?
No

If applicable, is the last month’s fees due at enrollment?
N/A

Cost per month/workshop/programming (in USD)
0

Percentage of clients who return home, or to a more traditional setting (like transitions to college or gap year, boarding school, etc.)
> 50%

Does a student have to sign themself into the program?
Yes

Link to Weekly or Daily Schedule
N/A

For licensed programs, but state or under 18, please select Incidents required to be reported to the state:
Elopement
Infectious Disease
Major Injury | Death
Restraint
Runaways
Other

What is the typical amount of time a family should expect before hearing about an major incident?
8

What is the average number of clients you see per year?
36

Professional Associations/Affiliations
National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (Associate Member)

Payment Type
Call for more information

Has the program previously been part of an evidence-based study?
N/A

Is the program presently part of an evidence-based study?
No

Link to the study that the organization is part of
N/A

Type of Family Therapy/Work Offered
Other

Family involvement
HIGH: Family Expected on weekly calls (or more) & to attend all family workshops (weekly , monthly or quarterly)

Who completes the psychological evaluation?
N/A

Minimum length of stay
N/A

Does the student receive a neuropsychological evaluation?
N/A

Type Of Programming For Students
N/A

Typical Student
ADHD/ADD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other

Minimum IQ
70

Interview Requirements for Applicants
Day Visit
Other

Additional Therapy
N/A

Therapist Case Load at Peak Season
> 8

Percentage of licensed therapists?
> 50%

Average number of days/week therapist is in the field
5

Number of Individual Sessions with Therapist
N/A

Integrated Wellness Support
N/A

Do clinical assistants work with lead therapists?
N/A

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside of wilderness?
N/A

Do any of the therapists operate more than one group at peak season?
N/A

What percentage of participants receive psychological evaluations?
N/A

Does program receive a fee for evaluation or referral?
N/A

Additional levels of care offered by facility
N/A

Types of eating disorder care provided
N/A

Specialized Programming
N/A

Is program focused on full recovery?
N/A

Computer Access
Call for more information

Cell Phones
Not Allowed

Academic Options
N/A

School Name (if applicable)
N/A

School Website (if applicable)
N/A