Deep Creek Youth Academy

Deep Creek Youth Academy serves 90 males between the ages of 12 and 19 in a non-secure residential program which provides intensive mental health (IMH) treatment services, borderline developmental disability (BDD)/developmental disability (DD) treatment services, intensive mental health treatment services – comprehensive (CMH), substance abuse treatment overlay services (SAOS) and medically complex residential medical overlay services. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Program services include 90 slots (33 for Intensive Mental Health (IMH) Treatment services, 12 for Borderline Developmental Disability (BDD)/ Developmental Disability (DD) Treatment services, 30 for Intensive Mental Health Treatment Services – Comprehensive (CMH), 15 for Substance Abuse Treatment Overlay Services (SAOS); of these 90 slots, 4 will be dedicated to Medically Complex Residential Medical Overlay Services). The program includes an administration building, which includes administrative offices, education classrooms, mid-management offices, medical clinic, kitchen, and maintenance department. There are four dorms which are split in two halves and includes mental health therapist offices, case manager offices and recreational spaces.

The program provides individualized mental health and substance abuse treatment services using a trauma-informed approach. 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 assessed risk to reoffend and the progress the youth has made in the program toward reducing criminogenic needs and risk factors, addressing the youth’s treatment needs, and increasing the youth’s protective factors. 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.

Deep Creek Youth Academy provides clinical/ treatment services including SkillStreaming, Living in balance, Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), and Impact of Crime (a restorative justice, victim impact curriculum), as well as gender-specific programming. Additionally, individual and family counseling is provided to all youth. 24-hour 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 on 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.

The Deep Creek Youth Academy offers the following electives: ServSafe, First Coast Technical College for H.S graduates, Upper Iowa University (post-secondary/dual enrollment), YOI Broadband Technical (C-Tech program), Microsoft Office, CPR/FA/AED, Education services are provided through the St. Johns County School District.

Deep Creek 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. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice makes all placement decisions. Youth will not be retained in the program when they require services beyond those which the facility is licensed or has the functional ability to provide as determined by the medical director in consultation with the chief operating officer or designee.

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