Our History

Alternative Solutions for Youth is a private,  minority-owned, DC community-based behavioral health services organization that has operated a vast number of behavioral programs for young people with emotional and delinquent challenges.  ASY currently offers the following:


  • Outpatient Program (OP) for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED);

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for children, adolescents, and their families in the District of Columbia;

  • Family Reunification Services for pre-adjudicated youth.


Alternative Solutions for Youth was founded in December of 1999. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited ASY since 2002; the current accreditation is valid through September 2012. ASY has provided community-based care services to hundreds of children, adolescents, and their families since the organization’s inception. The corporation is dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment, support and care services in a context that meets the child’s/youth’s psychosocial, developmental, educational, and/or placement needs. The treatment environment in ASY facilities is safe, nurturing, culturally sensitive, supervised, and highly-structured. ASY believes that successful intervention with the population currently served requires an atmosphere that encourages normal development, which is the least restrictive, when necessary, foster respect for others, and is nonjudgmental.


Since January 2000, ASY has been providing adolescent behavioral care, crisis intervention, and outpatient services to children and youth with special needs, and 24-hour care services to court-involved youth in the Washington, DC area.  ASY has provided comprehensive treatment and care to thousands of youth in both restrictive and community-based settings. 


ASY has been in a contractual relationship for residential treatment services with Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. (HSCSN) since 2000; two annual contractual agreements with DC Department of Mental Health (DMH) from 2005 to 2007; multiple annual Human Care Agreements with Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) since 2001, and DYRS since 2003; and direct residential placement agreements by the non-public placement department of the DC Public Schools (DCPS) since 2001.

Our Mission

To offer a foundation to prepare each youth to lead an empowered, responsible, and fulfilling life as they transition back into their communities.