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Palmetto Youth Academy
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/daryl-wolfgang palmetto-youth-academy 14494 Harlee Road FL 34221 (941) 722-3700 (941) 722-6441 robert.kennedy@truecorebehavioral.com 48, Ages 14-21 TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, LLC http://www.truecorebehavioral.com/ High-Risk http://www.djj.state.fl.us/Residential/restrictiveness.html#High 12 Palmetto Robert Kennedy Facility Administrator

The Palmetto Youth Academy is a high-risk program that provides substance abuse treatment services for 48 youth who have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorder. The facility uses evidence-based programs and practices such as Thinking For Change (T4C), Living In Balance, etc. to encourage positive, self-motivated change in each youth through individual, group, and family counseling services.

Psychotherapeutic groups are provided seven days per week by qualified substance abuse professionals, who are supervised by a licensed mental health professional. Health and wellness services are provided through the in-house medical department.  Family services are offered through family counseling, visitation, education, treatment teams, and special family days conducted quarterly. Clothing and uniforms are provided by the program.

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

Palmetto Youth Academy is a Type 2 program offering English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading. Career and technical opportunities include Business Education courses.

Education services are provided through a contract with the Manatee County School District.

The program also serves as a GED® test site.

From Tampa, proceed south on US 41, approaching the Hillsborough/Manatee County line (approximately 20 miles). Look for Port of Manatee Water Tower on the right. Turn right (west) on to Piney Point Rd. Proceed on Piney Point across 2 sets of railroad tracks. Turn right on to Harlee Rd. Continue on Harlee Rd until arriving at the Manatee Correctional Complex.The program is on the right. Manatee