Program services include 24 slots for intensive mental health treatment for adjudicated youth. The program has two living/multipurpose room, cafeteria, education and outdoor recreation space.
The program provides intensive mental health treatment services using a trauma-informed approach. Youth participate in individual, family, and group therapy sessions, social and life skills training, anger replacement training, substance use prevention and intervention, and psychoeducation programming. The length of stay is 6 months, and depends on the progress the youth has made in the program toward reducing behavioral and mental health 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’s goal is to equip youth for successful reintegration into the community to live productive, prosocial, and crime-free lives within a permanent placement.
Walnut Youth Academy provides a vast array of programs that focus on Mental Health Treatment, Art, Music, and Recreation Therapies and Education. Youth receive groups daily, individual therapy weekly and as needed, and family therapy twice a month with birth and foster parents. Treatment modality focuses on trauma-informed care along with anger reduction therapy and other evidence-based treatment modalities. Facility has faith-based services offered through visiting pastors with an allowance for spiritual time. Youth participate in TOP (Teen Outreach Program), completing service-learning projects that benefit the program and community. Youth are able to go on outings including additional recreation at a gym, parks, and swimming pools if earned through positive behavior.
Upon discharge, youth will continue to receive services for a period of time determined by the continuum contract with Omni Visions.
Medical/health services are provided by on-site nursing as well as a contracted physician and psychiatrist. Summit Medical Center provides emergency hospital services.
Individuals are provided breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, which are managed by a licensed dietitian, with special medical diets and religious diets provided as needed. Youth receive various incentives throughout the week and are also eligible to earn/ participate in a monthly Incentive.
The facility also has a boutique that is a part of the iChoose System™. Input on incentives is provided by the Youth Advisory Board. The facility is required by contract to maintain a 1:5 ratio of staff to individuals, on first and second shifts and a 1:8 ratio on third shift.
Education Department is staffed by a Principal and two (2) teachers, one of whom specializes in special education. Youth attend school the same number of hours as regular Davidson County Schools.
Walnut Youth Academy maintains CARF Accreditation.
The facility serves adjudicated youth who need intensive mental health treatment. The program is contracted under the TN Department of Children’s Services (DCS).