Finger Lakes Residential Center

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Finger Lakes Residential Center (FLRC) is located seven miles north of the city of Ithaca. Youth are in a one-story building with eight units. Individual units contain a large multi-purpose area and connect to a classroom that can be used as program space evenings and weekends.

Each unit opens to the main area that contains additional classrooms, vocational shops, a kitchen area and central dining.

The campus was designed utilizing the latest technical security and open spacious areas optimizing supervision of the youth.

The youth served at FLRC are male, adjudicated juvenile delinquents, generally between the ages of 13 and 18, placed with OCFS by the Family Court.

This facility is accredited by the American Correctional Association.


Counseling: Group counseling is conducted at least five days a week, using  a variety of approaches, including:


Education: The facility provides educational programming for youth according to New York State Education Department requirements.  The Committee on Special Education (CSE) addresses special education needs for classified students and Individual Education Programs (IEPs) are developed for students with disabilities. State assessments including Regents examinations and competency tests are also provided to eligible students.  Qualifying youth may also enroll in the Alternative High School Education Programs and pursue a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).  Speech therapy is also available.

Vocational Opportunities: Instructors provide trade skills training in computers, food service, auto mechanics, horticulture, job readiness, building trades and building maintenance.

Health Services: Medical care is provided seven days a week by a team of health practitioners. On-site dental services are offered by a dentist and dental hygienist.

Mental Health Services: These are provided through the combined services of a psychologist, social workers and a psychiatrist. Services include individual and group therapy, staff consultation and training, mediation therapy, and referrals for community follow-up and care upon release.

 Learning how to weldRecreational: The recreation program is managed by recreation specialists and includes indoor and outdoor activities. Activities such as rock wall-climbing are also available on the grounds.

Religious Services: A group of community volunteers and the regional OCFS chaplain offer religious services. Participation by youth is voluntary.

Special Programs and Community Involvement: A community reintegration program is offered at the facility. This program provides care for youth who have had problems on aftercare and need special programming during a brief stay at the facility.

FLRC has many collaborative projects supported by connections through the center's Community Advisory Board, local businesses, colleges, universities and volunteers.

Through connections with Ithaca College, youth are exposed to the arts, a breakdancing club and health and recreation workshops. Cornell University provides ongoing support through “Day in the Life” college campus tours, access to the Africana Library and Hip Hop collection. Cornell students provide many in-house programs such as cultural cooking classes. The Cornell Debate Club has an FLRC chapter whose members come weekly to teach debate skills that youth use in debate competitions. The Binghamton University student mentor program, Project U-Turn, has adopted three units of residents and visits weekly to advise and support youth on their future college plans.

Permanency Planning: Permanency planning begins upon admission. Facility staff, in conjunction with the youth, the youth’s family and Community Service Team workers, develop a release plan and identify community-based services to assist youth with their return to the community. Family engagement is actively pursued through video conferences, participation in support team meetings as well as facility sponsored visits to the center.