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Dade Youth Academy - Unpublished /michell-mccarthy dade-youth-academy---unpublished 18500 SW 424th Street FL 33034 (305) 247-6492 (305) 247-1881 johnny.richardson@truecorebehavioral.com 24, Ages 13-18 TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, LLC http://www.truecorebehavioral.com/ Nonsecure /facilities/restrictiveness-levels#nonsecure 11 Florida City Johnny Richardson Interim Facility Administrator

Co-located with the Dade Juvenile Residential Facility, the Dade Youth Academy serves 24 males between the ages of 13 and 18, in a non-secure residential commitment program.  The Dade Youth Academy provides Mental Health Overlay Services.

The program is highly structured, utilizing evidence-based practices 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 on site bi-weekly and available 24-hours a day, seven days a week for emergency consultation.

The anticipated average length of stay depends on the youth's pace of success in completing the individualized treatment plan and goals.


The Dade Youth Academy is a Type 2 program offering English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and elective courses. 

Education services are provided by the Miami-Dade County School District.

  • Take the Florida Turnpike south to Florida City/Key West.
  • Continue on US 1 South out of Florida City towards Key West.
  • Proceed on Highway 1 for 4.4 miles.
  • Ease into the turning lane on your right and turn right (East) onto Southwest 424th Street.
  • Continue on 424th Street until the dead end.
  • Facility parking is on the left. 
  • If you follow mile markers, 424th Street is at Mile Marker 122.5.
  • You can see a very tall radio transmission tower on the right side as you are heading South.  This tower sits on the property of the Dade Youth Academy.