Lewisville Youth Academy

Lewisville Youth Academy serves thirty-two (32) boys ages thirteen (13) to eighteen (18) in a staff-secure setting. The program specializes in low- to moderate-risk boys who cannot be served in a non-secure or community setting, offering treatment for behavioral issues, substance abuse, and moderate aggression. 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 32 slots for male youth in a staff-secure residential setting. The program will emphasize treatment for behavioral issues, substance abuse, and moderate aggression. The campus includes 10 buildings, including an administration building (administration, human resources, staff offices); 2 living unit “cottages” (up to 16 youth each, double occupancy rooms, large day rooms); medical center; education classrooms; nutrition center/cafeteria; game room to incentivize positive behavior; facility warehouse; and outdoor recreational spaces.

This culture is focused on promoting a healthy environment to nurture the physical, emotional, and social development of our young men. 

Lewisville 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.

Lewisville provides clinical/treatment services including Thinking for a Change, the 7 Challenges (substance abuse), Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents, Young Men’s Work, 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 weekly and monthly incentive activities and access to a point store (obtain items based on points earned throughout each day). Input into incentives is provided by the Youth Advisory Board. 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.

Lewisville 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. The program includes a carpentry vocation program, as well as a greenhouse where YOI delivers its horticulture vocation program

Lewisville 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.