Crestview Youth Academy

The Crestview Youth Academy serves 30 males between the ages of 13 and 21 in a secure residential program which provides substance abuse treatment services, co-located with a non-secure residential commitment program serving 24 males, ages 13-18, providing services for boys who meet criteria for borderline developmental disability (BDD) services or Developmental Disability (DD) services. BDD youth typically have a full-scale IQ 70-79, while DD youth IQ 69 and under, where the youth’s IQ and functional limitations have been documented by a formal psychological evaluation completed within the last twelve months. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

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Program services include 30 slots with substance abuse treatment services, and 24 slots with BDD or DD services. Within one building the program has administrative space, a cafeteria, two living areas including youth dorms, classrooms and multipurpose areas, as well as indoor and outdoor recreation space. The program has designated “man cave” activity rooms for earned privileges and socialization opportunities. The non-secure youth are separated from the high-risk youth at all times.

The program provides individualized mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability treatment services using a trauma-informed approach. Average length of stay is typically 3 to 12 months during which time youth participate in individual, family, and group therapy sessions, social and life skills training, victim impact awareness and restorative justice programming. The 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.

Crestview Youth Academy Substance Abuse provides clinical/treatment services including the Seven Challenges, and Impact of Crime (a restorative justice, victim impact curriculum). 

Crestview Youth Academy BDD/DD provides clinical/treatment services including the skills-based Skillstreaming the Adolescent, and Impact of Crime (a restorative justice, victim impact curriculum). 

Additionally, on both living units (Substance Abuse and BDD/DD) individual and family counseling is provided to all youth, as is gender-specific programming. 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. Incentives are created by the Youth Advisory Board. A contracted Board-Certified Behavior Analyst provides individualized behavior plans and staff training to assist in ongoing education and strategies in working with the population’s specialized needs. The non-secure component of 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. The high-risk secure component maintains a 1:6 day and evening ratio, and 1:12 asleep ratio. A staff to youth ratio of 1:5 is required for off-site activities facility-wide.

All educational needs are provided by The Raider Group. Oversight of educational services provided by Okaloosa County Schools. The program serves as a GED ® test site. Vocational opportunities include:  Masonry, Electronics Technician, Carpentry and Horticulture.

Crestview Youth Academy maintains CARF Accreditation

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.

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