Dermott Youth Academy

Dermott Youth Academy serves 40 moderate- to high-risk males between the ages of 17.5 and 20, in a hardware secure residential commitment program. This culture is focused on grounding a foundation for our youth to develop mature decision-making skills, while establishing a mechanism for employability and career goals. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Program services include 40 slots for male “extended justice” youth in a secure residential setting. The program will emphasize treatment for aggression, substance abuse, sex offender-specific programming, and include Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile (EJJ) youth who age out of or fail to respond to other placements. The campus includes 5 buildings, including an administration building (administration, therapist, medical staff, and a 12-room dorm for youth); dorm building (4 units of 8 single-occupant rooms each, each with a day room and office space); education center (8 classrooms, multipurpose rooms, group therapy, “game room” to incentivize positive behavior); vocation building, facility warehouse; and outdoor recreational spaces.

This culture will be focused on grounding a foundation for our youth to develop mature decision-making skills, while establishing a mechanism for employability and career goals. 

Dermott 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 is 6-9 months, yet 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.

Dermott provides clinical/treatment services including Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Skillstreaming, MET/CBT-12, TF-CBT, Pathways (for treatment related to sexual offending), 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 contracted 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 incentive activities and canteen. Input into incentives is provided by the Youth Advisory Board. Specialized Security Measures include Specific Line of Site Interactive Supervision; 10 Minute Staggered Interval Room Checks; Room Classification for Dorm and Room assignment by risk factors and committing offense; Individual Behavior Plan Specific Intervention; Gang Prevention and Security. The facility maintains 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.

Dermott contracts with Ombudsman Educational Services (OES) to provide education to students. Curricula are provided in a blended model using in-person instruction and instruction via Virtual Arkansas. Vocational opportunities include ServSafe, the National Professional Certification in Customer Service credential (NRF), certified Microsoft Office Specialist, and CPR. 

Dermott will maintain CARF and ACA Accreditation

Youth served have been adjudicated delinquent by the Court and committed to the Arkansas Division of Youth Services. The program is contracted through the AR DYS; no additional fees are required from youth/families or insurance providers.