juvenile services

Youth Services Facilities

Our facilities include the following:

Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center (Alexander, Arkansas) is a secure assessment, detention, and residential treatment program for 100 male and females, ages 12-18, who are committed to the Arkansas Division of Youth Services (DYS). AJATC provides mental health, substance abuse and sex offender services. G4S additionally operates the school, under the Department of Youth Services. The AJATC is accredited by the American Corrections Association (ACA). 

Avon Park Youth Academy (Avon Park, Florida) is a moderate-risk program that includes 165 beds for male offenders, ages 16-19. The Academy is a specialized vocational education program that is the first of its kind in the Florida Juvenile Justice system, and averages 6-9 months. The Academy focuses on preparing youth for livable-wage work through an intensive education-to-work continuum that teaches employability and life skills, develops academic and vocational competencies, and provides real life work experiences.

G4S additionally operates the school, which is part of the Polk County Public School District. Educational objectives for each youth are to attain a vocational certificate and a high school diploma or equivalent. Academic services ensure that youth earn academic credits and have a solid knowledge base appropriate for realistic career options. Over 90 percent of our residents enter the workforce with vocational certificates after leaving the Academy. The Avon Park Youth Academy is accredited by the American Corrections Association (ACA).

Bartow Youth Academy (Bartow, Florida) is a 28-bed residential program for moderate-risk Borderline Developmental Disability males, ages 14-18, with a full scale IQ of 70-79 and whose cognitive functional limitations make them unsuitable for a general offender program. The average stay is 6-9 months. Gender-specific and research interventions are used to target male issues, trauma, recidivism, daily living skills, self-determination and interpersonal skills, and employment skills.

Services include mental health and substance abuse treatment including individual, family, and group counseling. The youth receive daily (seven days a week) developmental and psychosocial treatment and interventions. Youth also receive medical and psychiatric services, behavior management, on-site education, vocational education, and specialized life-skills training. Education is provided by the Polk County School District.

Central Pasco Girls Academy (Land O’ Lakes, Florida) serves 32 moderate-risk females, ages 13-18, who have been assessed as needing intensive mental health services. The program averages 6-9 months. The program provides Intensive Mental Health Treatment Services, as well as cognitive behavioral treatment. Girls receive individual, group, and family therapy, as well as testing and psychiatric evaluation services.

The program also provides gender-responsive services utilizing the “Girls Matter” curriculum that is tailored to the unique needs of the population. Gender specific treatment areas address sexual abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, trauma, and crime specific topics. Education services are provided by the Pasco County School District.

Columbus Juvenile Residential Facility (Tampa, Florida) is a secure 50-bed residential program that provides sexual offender treatment to moderate-risk male youth, ages 10-18, for an average of 12-18 months. Youth have committed sexual offenses including, but not limited to, charges involving voyeurism, exhibitionism, frotteurism, and sexual harassment. The primary therapeutic curriculum follows a specialized model called STEPS of Progress, which incorporates the main treatment tasks identified by treatment providers as important when working with adolescent sexual offenders.

The program provides individual, family, and group therapy, in addition to case management services as well as in-home prevention services as youth progress toward program completion. Each youth admitted to the program will be evaluated by a psychiatrist for medication management with monthly follow-ups thereafter. Youth with developmental issues will be provided specific behavioral programming. Education is provided by the Hillsborough County School. The Columbus Juvenile Residential Facility is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Cypress Creek Juvenile Offender Correctional Center (Lecanto, Florida) is a maximum-risk residential program that provides specialized treatment services for 96-male youth, ages 13-21, where Mental Health Overlay Services (MHOS) are provided. The average program stay is 18-36 months. The program utilizes a cognitive-behavioral treatment model that works to positively modify the youth's antisocial thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Treatment consists of evidence-based programming where residents receive mental health and substance abuse clinical services that include screening, comprehensive assessment, treatment planning and reviews, individual, group and family counseling, risk assessments, and transition/aftercare planning that are provided by master’s degree professionals under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. Psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, treatment planning, and emergency consultation are provided by a board certified psychiatrist. Education services are provided by G4S who operates the school under the Citrus County School District. 

Dade Juvenile Residential Facility (Florida City, Florida) serves 56 moderate risk male youth offenders, ages 13-18, who have been assessed as needing dual diagnosis treatment services or intensive mental health treatment services for an average of 6-9 months.  The program is highly structured to provide secure care, treatment, and supervision. Youth receive daily psychotherapeutic services including individual, family and group counseling, cognitive skills training, and relapse prevention training by qualified mental health and substance abuse professionals under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

A board certified psychiatrist is at the facility 24 hours per week to provide psychiatric evaluations, psychopharmacological services, treatment recommendations, and 24 hour consultation. Life Curriculum Education is provided on the weekend to strengthen daily living skills, self-determination and interpersonal skills, and employment skills.  Education is provided by the Miami-Dade County School District.

Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center (Nashville, Tennessee) is a secure juvenile detention center that provides services to 64 male and female youth, ages 13-18, who are detained by the Davidson County Juvenile Court for approximately three to five days based on the nature of charges brought against the offender. In addition to operating the program, G4S operates the school, which is under the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. The Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center was the first in the State of Tennessee to be accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA).

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility (Daytona, Florida) is a high-risk sex offender residential treatment program for 30 males, ages 13-18. The average program stay is 12-18 months. The specialized treatment program incorporates the practice standards and ethical guidelines of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). The primary curriculum at the facility follows a specialized model called STEPS of Progress, which incorporates the main treatment tasks identified by treatment providers as important when working with adolescent sexual offenders.

The program goals are to increase the youth’s problem solving skills, teach anger management and coping skills, increase his insight and healthy regulation of sexual thinking and behavior, increase his understanding of accessible resources, stabilize mood and impulse control, educate on medication management, and improve his overall level of functioning. Educational services are provided by the Volusia County School District.

G4S Academy for Young Women (Nashville, Tennessee) is a 24-bed residential program for females, ages 13-18. This is the first privatized juvenile justice program in the State of Tennessee and is provided to females in need of Level III Continuum care that includes mental health, substance abuse, and sex offender treatment. Education is provided by G4S under the Department of Children’s Services.

G4S Outpatient Services provides outpatient sex offender services to 80 females and males, ages 13-18, in four Florida Circuits: Circuit 6 (Pinellas and Pasco Counties), Circuit 9 (Orange and Osceola Counties), Circuit 10 (Polk County), and Circuit 13 (Hillsborough County).

Hastings Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Facility (Hastings, Florida) is a moderate-risk residential program for 120 males, ages 14-19.  Comprehensive mental health treatment is provided to 85 males. Intensive Mental Health (IMH) and Intensive Medical Overlay Services (IMOS) are provided to 35 males. The average program stay is 7-12 months. The Hastings Youth Academy uses a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach and employs evidence-based programs within a therapeutic community setting.

Youth receive therapeutic services seven days per week that includes individual, family and group counseling, cognitive skills training, and relapse prevention. Mental health and substance abuse professionals work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. A licensed psychiatrist provides weekly psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and 24-hour, seven days a week emergency consultation. Education services are provided by G4S, under the St. Johns County School District. The Hastings Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Facility is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). 

Hillsborough Girls Academy (Tampa, Florida) is an 18-bed, high- and maximum-risk program that serves high-risk female juvenile offenders, ages 13-18, and maximum-risk female juvenile offenders, ages 14-21.  The program utilizes gender-specific, cognitive-behavioral treatment and evidence-based programming. The program also provides Mental Health Overlay Services (MHOS), individual, family, and group treatment that includes anger management, coping skills, depression management, ego development, self-concept, family issues, impulse control, life and social skills, female issues, substance abuse and addictions, trauma, and domestic violence.

Hillsborough Girls Academy operates under the company’s "Girls 4 Success" model, which identifies signature strengths such as volunteer and family-focused services along with therapeutic support, health and wellness, academic, and life skills services. The anticipated average length of stay for high-risk youth is between 9-12 months, while maximum-risk youth will stay between 18-36 months. Education is provided by the Hillsborough County School District. The Hillsborough Girls Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Lake Academy (Tampa, Florida) is a secure 46-bed residential program for female juvenile offenders, ages 12-18, which provides several specialized fields. Intensive Mental Health (IMH) services will be provided to females with a DSM-IV Axis I or II mental disorder who demonstrate serious to severe symptoms of mental disorder and impairment in social, emotional, and/or adaptive functioning. 

The program also provides services for females with Borderline Developmental Disability Services (BDDS) or Developmental Disability Services (DDS). In addition, several females may receive Intensive Medical Overlay Services (IMOS), based on bed availability that includes medical services for insulin dependent diabetics, renal disease, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, etc. (to be approved by the Office of Health Services prior to admission). The average stay is 9-12 months.  Education services are provided by the Hillsborough County School District. The Lake Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Les Peters Academy (Tampa, Florida) is a moderate-risk, step-down program for 24 males, ages 14-18, who have earned the opportunity to transition from the Tampa Residential Facility.  Evidence-based programming targets areas surrounding the transitioning process and includes curricula geared toward transition skills building and independence. Education and vocational services are provided through the Hillsborough County School District.

Martin Girls Academy (Stuart, Florida) is a secure, 30-bed residential high-risk program for female juvenile offenders. The program provides intensive mental health services. The program addresses youth trauma utilizing an evidence-based model known as TARGET. The TARGET philosophy outlines a strengths-based model that explains Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in terms of body survival/alarm system, while teaching practical skills to enable youth to gain control of PTSD symptoms. Youth receive individual, group, and family therapy, as well as testing and psychiatric evaluation services.

The program provides a licensed mental health professional seven days a week, and psychiatrist and psychologist professionals are on-site weekly. Education services are provided by G4S under the Martin County Public School District. The Martin Girls Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Okeechobee Girls Academy (Okeechobee, Florida) is a 32-bed residential program for females, ages 13-18, who are classified as either low-risk or moderate-risk. The average stay for low-risk girls is 3-6 months and moderate-risk girls 6-9 months. The program provides Mental Health Overlay Services (MHOS) and gender-specific services to address sexual abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, trauma, and crime specific topics. Girls receive individual, group, and family therapy, as well as testing, psychiatric evaluation and health services.

The program also provides gender-responsive services utilizing the “Girls Matter” curriculum that is tailored to the unique needs of the population. Education is provided by G4S under the Okeechobee County School District. G4S partners with Home Builders Institute to additionally provide vocational programming.

Okeechobee Juvenile Offender Correctional Center (Okeechobee, Florida) serves 96 males: 64 high-risk males and 32 maximum-risk males, ages 13-21. The high-risk program averages 12-18 months and the maximum-risk program averages 18-36 months. The program provides specialized juvenile sex offender treatment services, as well as delinquency intervention and mental health treatment services. The specialized treatment program for high and maximum risk juvenile sex offenders incorporates the practice standards and ethical guidelines of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

The program services include, but are not limited to, case management, individual and group counseling, educational and vocational assessments and training, cultural events, physical and recreational activities, routine medical and dental treatment and aftercare preparation. Education services are provided by G4S under the Okeechobee County School District. The Okeechobee Juvenile Offender Correctional Center is accredited by the American Corrections Association (ACA).

Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House (Okeechobee, Florida) is a moderate-risk residential program that provides specialized treatment services for 30 males, ages 13-18. The average stay is 6-9 months. The program provides each youth with services designed to reach identified treatment goals and objectives.

These services are rendered through required program components including, but not limited to, Behavioral Health Overlay Services (BHOS), case management services, diagnostic evaluation services, appropriate treatment modalities including group, individual and family counseling, substance abuse prevention and counseling health services, mental health services, education services, prevocational and vocational services, physical fitness, recreational and leisure time activities. Education services are provided by G4S under the Okeechobee County Public School District.

Okeechobee Youth Development Center (Okeechobee, Florida) is a high-risk and maximum-risk residential program for 143 males, ages 13-21, in need of Mental Health Overlay Services (MHOS). The average stay for high-risk is 9-12 months and the average stay for maximum-risk is 18-36 months.  Psychotherapeutic services include individual, family, or group counseling, cognitive skills training, and relapse prevention training, and are provided by qualified mental health and substance abuse professionals under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional.

Psychiatric services, including psychiatric evaluation, psychopharmacological services, treatment recommendations, and consultation are provided by a licensed psychiatrist. The program offers mental health overlay services, substance abuse prevention and counseling, case management, life and social skills training, behavior modification, release and transition planning, and recreation and leisure activities. The program is highly structured and provides secure care, cognitive-behavioral treatment, supervision, and evidence-based services. Education services are provided by G4S under the Okeechobee School Board District.

Orange Youth Academy & Orlando Intensive Youth Academy (Orlando, Florida) consists of two populations of males. The Orange Youth Academy is a high-risk residential program for 48 males, ages 14-21, who are in need of Mental Health Overlay Services (MHOS). The average stay is 9-12 months. The Orlando Intensive Youth Academy is a moderate-risk residential program for 16 males, ages 12-18, where males receive intensive mental health services, special needs mental health services, social and life skills, vocational training, and on-site educational classes. The average stay is 6-9 months.

The program model is based on a cognitive behavioral approach incorporating evidence-based treatment practices and restorative justice principles, and youth participate in a full array of activities and projects to increase their sense of personal accountability and social responsibility. Youth participate in daily psychotherapeutic services, seven days per week, including group and individual counseling and cognitive skills training sessions, as well as educational and recreational services. Family involvement is an integral component and is achieved through family counseling, visitation, and Family Day events.  Education is provided by the Orange County School District.

Palmetto Youth Academy (Palmetto, Florida) is a high-risk residential program that provides quality substance abuse treatment services for 48 males, ages 14-21, who have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorder and are provided Residential Substance Abuse Services (RSAT). The average stay is 9-12 months. 

Psychotherapeutic groups are provided seven (7) days per week by professionals with at least a master’s degree. Family services are offered through family counseling, visitation, education, treatment teams, and quarterly family days. Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques and choice language are used to facilitate evidence-based practices and stimulate positive, self-motivated change in each youth through individual, group, and family counseling services. Education is provided by G4S under the Manatee County School District.

Polk Halfway House (Bartow, Florida) is a moderate-risk program for male juvenile offenders between the ages of 10 and 14. The program focuses on assessing and treating youth with mental health and substance abuse issues. The average stay is 6-9 months. The youth receive clinical and case management services, individual, family and group therapeutic interventions, treatment team development, behavior management, human growth and development, life skills, physical skills, and specialized community re-entry preparedness.

The philosophy of treatment encompasses program goals based upon the youth's ability to demonstrate an understanding and identify alternatives to delinquent patterns of thinking, understand the impact of crime on victims and the community, and identify a plan for success. Education is provided by the Polk County School District.   The Polk Halfway House is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Riverside Academy (Tampa, Florida) is a moderate-risk residential program for 165 male offenders, ages 14-18, who are in need of Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) services.  The program averages 6-9 months. Riverside Academy is a highly structured, therapeutic community that fosters personal growth, social development, and responsibility, through an array of comprehensive substance abuse and mental health programming. Riverside Academy provides specialized treatment services for youth who exhibit primary substance abuse issues as substantiated by a DSM-IV diagnosis.

All youth receive substance abuse clinical services that include individual, group, and family counseling provided by qualified substance abuse therapists under the supervision of a licensed professional. Additional program services include on-site medical services, case management services, family system intervention and treatment services, and care and custody services. Education services are provided by the Hillsborough County School District. The Riverside Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Spring Lake Youth Academy (Arcadia, Florida) is a low-risk residential program for 30 males, ages 15-18. The average stay is 60-90 days. The program provides Behavioral Health Overlay Services (BHOS), as well as group and individual counseling. In addition, youth receive clinical and case management services, individual, family and group therapeutic interventions, treatment team development, behavior management, human growth and development, life skills, and specialized community re-entry preparedness.

The philosophy of treatment demonstrates the understanding of alternatives to delinquent patterns of thinking, the impact of crime on victims and the community, and the importance of a plan for success. Spring Lake Youth Academy is committed to the balanced approach of restorative justice that emphasizes accountability, competency development, and public safety. Education services are provided by G4S under the DeSoto County School District.

Tampa Residential Facility (Tampa, Florida) is a high-risk residential program for 60 males, ages 14-18, who are in need of comprehensive mental health and co-occurring treatment services. The average stay is 9-12 months, which includes transitioning youth through a step-down process to the Les Peters Academy. The program incorporates a large array of evidence-based interventions to address delinquency, restorative justice, anger, stress, depression, cognitive restructuring, substance abuse, trauma, and gender-specific issues. Education is provided by the Hillsborough County School.

The Oaks Brownwood (Brownwood, Texas) is a residential treatment facility that will accompany up to 115 adolescents. The program is currently receiving males, ages 13-18 with mental health and substance abuse needs. Youth are referred to the program through the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or County Chief Probation. The program provides three specialized curricula tracks to address mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring problems.