St. John’s has two major programs at its main campus in Rockaway Park, Queens, NY: A Residential Treatment Center (RTC) and a Close to Home Program (NSP). Our administrative offices, treatment services and on-grounds school are located at our Rockaway Park campus. In addition to the Rockaway Park based programs, St. John’s also operates a Close to Home Program in Bayside, Queens and a Non Secure Detention group home in Richmond Hill, Queens for youth awaiting adjudication.

The goal of all of our programs is to reunite each youth with his family, relatives or some other appropriate and supportive resource.

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Residential Treatment Center
NSP – Close To Home Program
Educational Services
Specialized Services
Non Secure Detention Group Home


St. John’s Residential Treatment Center (RTC) provides a structured therapeutic setting for up to 43 adolescent males between the ages of 13 and 21. The boys and young men in our RTC are in foster care and have been placed in our care through the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. Residents in the RTC live in one of 3 family-style apartments on our main campus in the Rockaways. Services provided include group living in a therapeutic environment, individual, group and family counseling, social services, comprehensive medical care, opportunities for part time work and community service activities and recreational activities. School aged residents attend either our on-site NYC Board of Education school, PS 256Q, or a community school, depending on their educational needs.

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A new residential program for twelve boys has opened as of September, 2012 on our Rockaway campus. The program is connected to a city-wide initiative called “Close to Home” which allows young people who have committed a delinquent act to be treated and rehabilitated closer to their communities. Our Rockaway program has been a great success and therefore St. John’s was granted a second program in Bayside, Queens in 2014.

The Close to Home law, which was proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and passed by the state legislature, allows youth from New York City who have committed less serious offenses to be placed in intensive treatment programs within the five boroughs, enabling their parents and caregivers to participate in their rehabilitation and to earn New York City Department of Education school credits toward graduation. The goal of the programs is to keep parents closely involved to ensure success when their child returns home.

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The thrust of our residence program is learning. Residents at St. John’s have several options in terms of schooling. We offer an on-site school, which is non-graded and staffed and administered by the New York City Board of Education. Some residents attend community public schools, both academic and vocational, or private and special service schools. Older residents have the opportunity to attend private or public colleges.

Each apartment has a daily study hour program. All residents are eligible for after school tutoring through the Chapter 1 program. Tutors meet with residents individually or in small groups twice per week during the school year.

One of the former apartments in the Residence Building was converted to an Educational Resource Center. This area gives the opportunity for the young men to pursue educational research and utilize one of a half dozen computer stations that are in the former bedroom areas. This resource center includes six internet connected computer stations, a library, a small group instruction area, educational and recreational CD’s and videos, college information, visual aids, and a number of other resources which help St. John’s realize one of its important goals: to offer a safe, supportive, encouraging educational environment while we do all we can to unite the young men with their families and loved ones.

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All residents in the RTC and Close to Home Programs who are 14 or older receive Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) Services. PYA is designed to help residents develop skills and competencies necessary to negotiate the world of work, interpersonal relationships and living independently. Program services include a management system built on the concept of contract, extensive individual and group counseling and a stipend and allowance program.

All residents benefit from the Substance Abuse Prevention Program. This program is designed to help families and youth deal with their immediate substance abuse and alcohol related problems, provide referral to various treatment programs and to provide youth with creative alternatives to substance abuse.

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St. John’s operates one Non Secure Detention group home facility. This twelve-bed facility, located in Richmond Hill, Queens, serves as a short term residence for adolescent males as they await Family Court outcomes. This highly structured program provides counseling, education, medical and recreation services.

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