The Broward Youth Treatment Center (BYTC) serves 40 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.
The program provides gender-specific programming for boys with program components and services that comprehensively address the special needs of adolescent boys.
BYTC provides behavioral health services, psycho-educational groups, anger management, victim awareness, social skills, moral development, and gang intervention. The program also provides individualized mental health and substance abuse services in a trauma-focused, restraint-free environment for the youth.
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.
Broward Youth Treatment Center provides clinical/treatment services including Living in Balance, Thinking for a Change, 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.
Individuals 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. Input into incentives is provided 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.
Broward Youth Treatment Center is a Type 2 program. Broward County Schools provides the educational and vocational services of this program. Broward Youth Treatment Center (BYTC) provides three vocational training programs that offer industry-recognized certifications as follows:
Barber Program: The youth will learn effective communication skills, visual poise, and proper grooming, delivering worthy service for value in an employer-employee relationship, skills in the areas of hair styling, hair shaping, hair coloring, texture services, scalp and hair conditioning, shaves, mustache and beard trims, hair pieces and the analytical skills to determine the best possible style for each customer.
Culinary Arts: In conjunction with a national food service provider, youth in the program will take part in a culinary training program with the goal to learn all aspects of food service operations that include safe food practices, prevention of food-borne illnesses, personal health and work habits, dishwashing and sanitation, temperature control, pest control, good housekeeping, safety practices and overall food service responsibilities. Additionally, youth will learn how to order food and supplies, inventory management, vendor relations, customer relations, health codes and compliance, scheduling, simple accounting and bookwork. The culinary program will provide youth with the opportunity to obtain a food handler’s certificate or permit upon completion of the program.
Computing for College and Careers: This program provides the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market. This course is designed to provide a basic overview of current business and information systems trends required for today’s business environments. The course emphasizes touch keyboarding and fundamental computer applications, which may be used as communication tools for enhancing personal and work place proficiency.
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.