Program services include 65 slots: 13 male Mental Health Overlay Services (MHOS)/Conduct Offender Services (COS); 12 male Substance Abuse Overlay Services (SAOS); 12 male Sex Offender Treatment Services (SOTS); 12 female youth; and 12 Youthful Offenders (YO). The program has five SOHU housing units each with a common area, and one MOHU with a large recreational day room. The program has a gymnasium.
The program provides individualized mental health, substance abuse, and specialized treatment services (including sex offender and youthful offender) using a trauma-informed approach. Average length of stay is typically 6 to 9 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.
Rockdale Youth Academy provides a vast array of programs that focus on Mental Health Treatment, Art, Music, and Recreation Therapies and Education. Youth receive group, individual, and family therapy.
Medical/health services are provided by on-site: Two (2) Licensed Vocational Nurses and one (1) Medication Aide; One (1) contracted RN, one (1) contracted Medical Doctor, and an agreement for Telepsychiatry services. The Medical Department operates 7 days a week. The medical staff is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Youth 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 to maintain a 1:12 ratio of staff to youth and 1:8 facility wide. The ratio is 1:24 during third shift.
Education Department is staffed by a Principal, a Registrar, four (5) full-time Certified Teachers, one (1) Special Education Services Coordinator, and three (3) Instructional Aides. The Education Department is operated by the J.H.W. Inspire Academy. All youth enrolled in school attend school for 300 minutes a day of instruction. All grades are transferable to their home schools. Youth have the option to complete school while in the program. General Educational Development (GED) test preparation courses are also available. Clinical Department is staff by two (2) full-time Ph.D. psychologist and four (4) doctoral interns. Each psychologist is also an LSOTP.
Facility serves pre- and post-adjudicated youth through contracts with individual Texas counties as well as with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.