Community-based Residential Treatment


  • Roy Leitstein Legacy Treatment Services


community-based residential treatment, trauma-informed, treatment team, whole family support


Legacy Treatment Services has designed an innovative small community-based out-of-home residential treatment program for youth who are experiencing severe emotional and behavioral struggles as a result of disruptive and traumatic childhood experiences. These experiences exacerbate already co-occurring issues such as psychiatric diagnosis or substance use disorders. The program aims to serve youth who require continued intensive psychiatric care in a highly staffed and supportive residential environment, which incorporates supports for the whole family, before they can transition home or to a less restrictive out-of-home placement. Over 80% of youth are able to successfully return home or to a less restrictive placement.

Author Biography

Roy Leitstein, Legacy Treatment Services

Roy Leitstein has served as Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Treatment Services since its inception. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Human Services. Roy began his career in social services while serving in the United States Army.  His passion to help others stems from his experience as an abused and neglected child and growing up in the child welfare system. Legacy Treatment Services is a nonprofit behavioral health organization serving 18,000 individuals annually and operates over 70 programs across New Jersey and Philadelphia. Services include prevention, outpatient therapy and psychiatric services, substance abuse, crisis intervention, therapeutic foster care, residential programs, case management, developmental disabilities, and special education. Legacy is a proud affiliate of the Woods Services System of Care where Roy serves as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer. Roy is married to his wife Aimee and they have two children - Noah and Molly.




How to Cite

Leitstein, R. (2021). Community-based Residential Treatment. Social Innovations Journal, 6. Retrieved from