Residential Treatment Center

RTC CottageThe service delivery system at Little Flower is guided by the understanding that our young people have experienced multiple traumas that strongly influence their behaviors.

The Residential Treatment Center on the campus at Wading River is designed as a therapeutic community based on the belief that a “healthy community” helps people to heal.

The integrated interdisciplinary treatment team, consisting of social workers, mental health staff, childcare staff, educators, medical professionals and a recreation therapist, formulates individualized treatment plans that address the specific needs of each young person.


Residents are referred from Nassau and Suffolk Counties as well as New York City. Generalized Characteristics of our youth include:

  • Highly traumatized
  • Limited ability to emotionally regulate
  • Poor social skills
  • Verbally aggressive
  • Physically aggressive
  • Specialized treatment needs (grief and loss; substance abuse; family therapy)

The young people reside in one of seven modern, each featuring individual rooms, spacious common areas, a large dining room and kitchen.  Recreation opportunities include outdoor basketball and handball courts, athletic fields, a rope course, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Clinical and mental health services are conducted by caseworkers, mental health staff and treatment teams and can include susbtance abuse services, family therapy and milieu therapy.  Other services offered are:

  • 16 hour infirmary coverage daily
  • Medication administration
  • Routine medical treatment
  • Liaison with local providers for all necessary medical and dental needs

Recreational Programming includes the Conway Recreation Center, off campus recreation, volunteer services and community involvement and Religious Services include Bible study, Sunday Mass and access to the on the grounds chapel.