Ella McQueen Reception Center for Boys and Girls

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The Ella McQueen Reception Center for Boys and Girls is located in Brooklyn. The building, once two separate buildings, is now joined by a connector. The facility has a kitchen and two small cafeterias, a family visiting room, a central services control center and business office on the A side of the main floor and a recreation room and statewide transport office on the main floor of the B side. The A side also houses medical and dental services, an exercise room, mental health and assessment services, two residential floors and an administration floor.

The Girls Reception Unit is located on the upper floor of the B side of the facility and also contains a processing area for new admissions and the Girls Temp Unit. There is an outdoor recreation yard and a limited enclosed parking area.

The youth served are male and female adjudicated delinquents, generally between the ages of 13 and 18.



Ella McQueen serves as the reception center for boys and girls. Youth who are to be placed in an OCFS residential facility spend 14 days at Ella McQueen in order for the following intake tasks to be accomplished:



Medical Assessment:

Medical staff conduct an initial assessment of each youth within one hour of his or her arrival.


 Psychological Assessment:

Additional Assessments:

Residential Placement Preparation:

Temporary Housing Unit:

One of the four residential floors includes nine individual sleeping rooms that temporarily house youth for court appearances, medical appointments and other specialty visits.

Intake Unit:

The Office of Community Partnerships has co-located their main Intake office at Ella McQueen Reception Center and provides the following services:




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