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Non-Secure Detention

Non-Secure Detention (NSD) offers a less restrictive setting for lower-risk Juvenile Delinquents who have court cases pending in the Family Court.

NSD group homes house up to 12 youth, offering supportive, home-like environments and close supervision.

ACS manages a network of NSD group homes in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The agency operates two homes while others are operated by non-profit organizations contracted and overseen by ACS.

Intake and Orientation

ACS considers several factors, including service needs and family’s location in assigning youth to the most appropriate NSD group home. ACS has two NSD intake facilities located in the Bronx nthat process incoming youth as they await their group home assignment. All newly admitted youth to NSD participate in an orientation at an NSD intake facility.


Youth receive medical and mental health screenings, assessments, evaluations, and care including medical, trauma, depression and substance abuse services, dental services, educational and family assessments.


The New York City Department of Education (DOE) provides instruction for NSD youth at two Passages Academy sites: Belmont in Brooklyn and Bronx Hope in the Bronx.

In addition to regular instruction, DOE also provides a comprehensive special education program, including academic skills classes, speech and language services, and psychological counseling. Social workers, guidance counselors, and a psychologist provide students with either group or individual counseling.

Recreation Services & Activities

Youth in NSD homes participate in a variety of recreational activities such as field trips, museum visits, book clubs, plays, concerts, sporting events, community service, and other programs in the community. Activities inside the group homes are designed to promote learning. Residents have access to educational software, books, and magazines.

Non-Secure Detention Providers

The following contracted non-profit providers operate NSD homes across New York City:

Contact Non-Secure Detention by calling the ACS Office of Advocacy

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