Cayuga Centers Campus

Youth are placed in our Residential Treatment Center in Auburn, NY by family court due to juvenile delinquency or as Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS). Many have suffered significant trauma and in addition to their behavioral issues, have social, emotional and mental health challenges. Families are partners in their child’s treatment, attending family therapy sessions and scheduled on-campus visits, focusing on the preferred goal of family reunification.

Group care workers are key members of the team supporting intensive therapy and treatment planning for each youth. Serving as role models, these mentors create a safe and secure environment through structure and predictability. They supervise and monitor day-to-day activities in the unit, guide skill development, and coach residents to use the techniques in difficult times.

Our work emphasizes healing with the aim to return youth to their families or a lower level of care in 6-8 months. Each youth helps develop their personal goals and gives input on an Individualized Crisis Management Plan written to help them develop self-regulation. The Treatment Team includes group care workers and other unit staff, a licensed clinician, case manager, and parent advocate. Meeting weekly, the team reviews each youth’s progress and jointly plans future direction.


The campus is in a residential neighborhood, and includes cottage units, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and a Health and Wellness Clinic. The on-grounds school operates in partnership with the Auburn Enlarged City School District, providing more academic and behavioral support than in a public school setting. Group care workers accompany residents to classes. In the cottage, they provide structure to encourage completion of homework and development of good study skills, often resulting in school success for youth who previously have failed.

Residents participate in community-oriented activities through the recreation program.  Group care workers model pro-social behaviors while helping youth grow and heal. Independent Living Skills classes help residents improve life skills and move forward in positive directions.



  • Therapy
    Treatment approaches include Trauma Systems Therapy (TST), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Each youth receives weekly individual therapy, bi-weekly family therapy, and group therapy.
  • My own room
    Each youth personalizes their own bedroom in a cottage that includes a family room, and kitchen
  • Family Day
    Families are invited to campus monthly for family socializing and programs.
  • Health Office
    Our on-premises full time family nurse practitioner, full time psychiatric nurse practitioner, and nursing staff provide comprehensive care.
  • Recreation Facilities
    Outdoor and indoor facilities include playing fields and courts, fitness equipment, art and music project areas.

In 2014, the agency, in partnership with New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) developed a new residential treatment alternative for young women, grades 7-11, who are in OCFS custody. The CARE (Creative Approach to Residential Enrichment) Program offers intensive therapy and enrichment opportunities that are unique to residential treatment.


With a goal of expediting the return home, we identify barriers preventing the child from residing in the community, and work in partnership with the youth and family to achieve positive, long-term outcomes.


Intake Specialist for Residential Treatment
Sue Walsh
Intake Specialist
315-253-5383, Ext 1126

Intake Specialist for Residential Treatment
Melissa Marcolina
Intake Specialist
315-253-5383, Ext 1182