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The Face of Recovery for Teens and their Families

Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CAI-II, CIP, Founder/CEO

NorthStar Academy


Other leadership: Alan Zametkin, MD – Consulting Psychiatrist, Leah Simmons, LCSW-C – Clinical/Program Director Serving Metro Washington, D.C., NorthStar Academy is a transitional therapeutic program designed to meet the behavioral health needs of our community’s struggling teens. In our unique recovery environment, NorthStar’s team works with teens whose mental health and/or substance use concerns have stalled family, social, and academic integration and success. 

NorthStar’s day treatment/partial hospital program offers wraparound therapeutic and educational services for teens who are currently unable to flourish in a mainstream school setting. Our after-school/intensive outpatient program is for students able to engage in school but requiring structured clinical support. Standard outpatient programming completes our comprehensive step-down approach.

NorthStar has achieved CARF International’s Gold Seal, Aspire to Excellence accreditation utilizing the following evidence-based best practices: positive youth development, adolescent therapeutic community and transitional family therapy. 

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