The YASL is a co-educational supported living "home" with 12 beds intended for young men and women (roughly 18 to 25) who have spent extended parts of their adolescence in congregate care settings (generally foster care or psychiatric facilities).
It is located in a small brownstone on a rapidly "gentrifying" residential block in west Harlem. It was developed, with support from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), in response to the difficulties that many "graduates" of the RTF program found in making the transition from the highly nurturing and protected program in which they had "grown up" to the completely unstructured life of "adults" with little or no family support. Normal young people in this age range continue to rely on their families for substantial guidance, direction and emotional (and financial) support, but our disabled young adults were being asked to suddenly assume full independence with very limited resources of any kind. Unlike the RTF, the YASL handles direct referrals. At present, about half the residents were admitted from the Aichhorn RTF, and the others from other programs.