Brooksville Youth Academy serves 60 males between the ages of 13 and 18, in a non-secure residential commitment program that provides therapeutic services to address all behavioral issues, as well as mental health and substance abuse issues. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Program services include 30 slots for mental health overlay services (MHOS) and 30 slots for substance abuse overlay services (SAOS) for male youth. The program has an administration building which includes the youth cafeteria, separate buildings for youth dorms, outdoor recreation space, and a separate building of classrooms.
Treatment and education are provided in small, intensive group settings. The program stresses supportive counseling, social rehabilitation, independent living, group, individual, and family therapy, as well as recreation. A priority of the Brooksville Youth Academy is the youth’s relationships at home and in the community. Home visits are provided during the youth’s transition phases. Severe mental health offenders are excluded. Youths participate in a group-living setting, work services, and employment developing upon positive home and community relationships. The anticipated average length of stay depends on the youth’s pace of success in completing the individualized treatment plan and goals. The program’ goal is to equip youth for successful reintegration into the community to live productive, prosocial, and crime-free lives.
Brooksville Youth Academy provides clinical/treatment services including Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), the Seven Challenges, and Impact of Crime (a restorative justice, victim impact curriculum). Additionally, individual and family counseling is provided to all youth. Medical/health services are provided by on-site nursing as well as a contracted physician and psychiatrist.
Youth are provided breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, which are managed by a licensed dietician, with special medical diets and religious diets provided as needed. Youth receive nightly and monthly incentive activities and canteen. Incentives are created by the Youth Advisory Board. The facility is required by contract to maintain a 1:8 ratio of staff to youth during the day and evening and a 1:12 asleep ratio. A staff to youth ratio of 1:5 is required for off-site activities.
Brooksville Youth Academy is a Type 2 program offering English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and one elective course. The elective course is typically used to provide additional reading assistance to needy students or vocational training. Education and vocational services are provided oversight through the Hernando County School District.
Brooksville Youth Academy partners with the Home Builders Institute (HBI) to provide a certified teacher to offer nationally recognized certifications in the areas of their Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training, Adult First Aid/CPR/AED, OSHA 10, Building Construction Technology, Masonry, Carpentry, Electrical Wiring, Landscaping, Painting, and Plumbing. In addition, Brooksville Youth Academy also offers the SafeStaff Foodhandler Certification from the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Customer Service Certificate from the Small Business Administration, and a Customer Service Certification from the National Retail Federation.
Youth served have been adjudicated delinquent by the Court and committed to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. The program is contracted through the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; no additional fees are required from youth/families or insurance providers.