Admissions & Referrals


Mountain Lake Academy has the service capacity to meet the needs of a select group of 44 males, ages 12 to 21. Many students referred to Mountain Lake have behavioral issues and/or diagnosed disorders such as:

  • Truancy
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Substance-Related Issues
  • High Functioning Spectrum Disorders
  • Executive Functioning Challenges

Determining if Mountain Lake is "the right fit" for a specific child can quickly be determined by calling our Admissions Team, who will provide you with immediate feedback as to the appropriateness of a referral. This efficient screening process enables caseworkers to quickly focus their energies on finding the best and most appropriate services.

At Mountain Lake, we strive to maintain excellent relations with referral sources, providing timely response and ongoing communications to keep referring agencies well informed.

Students are typically referred to our program by the following sources: Committees on Special Education, Department of Social Services or the Office of Children and Family Services. Parents or private agencies are encouraged to collaborate with the aforementioned sources to make a formal referral.

The Mountain Lake Admission and Discharge Committee governs all admissions and discharges throughout the year. This committee meets as often as necessary to provide immediate attention to incoming referrals.

Interviews for admission can be conducted at our facility, or at a location of your choice. Most on-campus interviews can be scheduled within 48 hours of a referral. Our Admissions Team is available to accept direct referrals, schedule an interview, answer any questions or discuss any situations you may have. They can be contacted at:

Mountain Lake Academy
386 River Road
Lake Placid, New York 12946
(518) 523-4300 ext. 119

We understand that emergency situations present themselves with youth being referred. We have the capability to review information within 24 hours and make admissions decisions within this time frame, (i.e., scheduling an interview, provide insight and resources for more appropriate programs, or make recommendations). Please do not hesitate to contact us at anytime.