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We offer school-based counseling services for youth who experience behavioral, emotional or substance abuse problems that affect school performance.

The highly trained and deeply compassionate counselors at Citizen Advocates have provided individual and group counseling to many children who are depressed and at risk for self-destructive behavior.

Every year, our counselors provide youth behavioral health counseling services to hundreds of children and adolescents in schools throughout the North Country. 

Common issues include:

  • Loss
  • Trauma
  • Violent environments
  • Substance abuse
  • Family conflict
  • Incarceration or death of parents
  • Minimal community support

Our counselors play an important role in providing assessment, referrals, and ongoing supportive counseling to these youth and their families.

Services are provided on school sites during school hours. Parents and students may request services and school administrators refer students.

Counseling is provided by behavioral health professionals trained in child psychology, grief, crisis intervention counseling and pediatric mental health.

Locations, hours & contact information

Our school-based team personally visits schools throughout Franklin County during regular weekday hours. In order to receive school-based services, a referral from the school or a clinician is needed.  However, if one of our clinicians is completing an assessment, they may determine a referral for school-based services is appropriate.

To schedule an appointment contact our Malone clinic at 518-483-3261 or the Saranac Lake clinic at 518-891-5535.  To reach the clinician working with your child, please contact the individual school directly.

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At-risk youth services

At-Risk Youth programs at Citizen Advocates are available to youth of all ages who are exhibiting behavioral and/or emotional problems of varying degrees.

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Need help navigating our youth services?

At Citizen Advocates, we work as a team to provide the best individual, person-centered services to the people we serve. Care coordination assists clients with identifying and accessing the services that will assist them in addressing the problems they are experiencing, or that will help them to achieve a higher quality life or level of functioning.

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