Ocala Youth Academy

Ocala Youth Academy serves 72 males between the ages of 15 and 18 in a non-secure residential program which provides mental health overlay services (MHOS) and Substance abuse overlay services (SAOS). Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Program services include 24 slots with mental health overlay service needs, and 47 slots with BDD or DD services. The program includes an administration building, a training/multipurpose building which includes the medical clinic, two separate buildings of two youth dorms each, a section of 4 classroom buildings, outdoor recreation space, and land for the equine program.

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.

Ocala Youth Academy provides clinical/treatment services including the Seven Challenges, Moral Reconnation 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.

Ocala Youth Academy offers the following electives: ServSafe, The National Professional Certification in Customer Service (NRF), Microsoft Office, CPR, Forklift certification through E-Tech Simulation and Horse-care Training.

Education services are provided through the Marion County School District.

Ocala 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.