oya logo

Contact Us:

4455 Straight Line Road
Crestview, FL 32539
(850) 689-1984

Please Call Us for a Free, Confidential Assessment: 850-689-1984

 

 

 

 

 

 




Okaloosa Youth Academy: Treatment


Mental Health Treatment
Mental health treatment is provided by licensed mental health professionals or unlicensed professionals working under the direct supervision of a licensed mental health professional. Comprehensive Bio-Psychosocial Evaluations which include mental health and substance abuse assessments are completed by qualified staff on each youth.

In addition, youth receive a psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatrist under contract with Gulf Coast Youth Services. Youth are placed in therapeutic groups of not more than 10 youth per group. Group therapy is conducted seven days per week. Individual therapy is scheduled for each youth at least two times per month.

Conjoint family sessions are conducted if indicated. Due to distance it may not be feasible to conduct face-to-face family sessions; however, some family counseling is conducted through teleconferencing.

 

Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance abuse treatment is provided by licensed mental health professionals or unlicensed professionals working under the direct supervision of a licensed mental health professional. Comprehensive Bio-Psychosocial Evaluations which include mental health and substance abuse assessments are completed by qualified staff.

Youth are placed in therapeutic groups. The Seven Challenges substance abuse curriculum for adolescents is the approach utilized in group and emphasizes the decision making process involved in quitting drugs and alcohol.

It is the premise of this program that youth who resume using drugs after being discharged from a commitment program do so because they never made a conscious decision to quit, rather quit because drugs were no longer available.

Seven Challenges encourages the youth to explore the motivation behind their drug use the role drugs play in their lives, and the skills to develop and maintain a chemical free life-style.

 

Evidenced-based Treatment
Evidenced-based treatments are those treatments which have been independently evaluated using sound methodology, including, but not limited to, random assignment, use of control groups, valid and reliable measures, low attrition and appropriate analysis.

Gulf Coast Youth Services developed a Steering Committee to determine appropriate evidenced-based training modalities to be utilized by staff for youth in the program. The evidenced-based programs identified by the Steering Committee to be utilized are as follows:

  • Motivational Interviewing: Motivational Interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping youth to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal directed. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal.
  • The Seven Challenges: The Seven Challenges is an evidence-based substance abuse treatment model which combines decision-making exercises, skills training, interactive journaling, and motivational interviewing concepts to treat adolescent substance abusers.
  • Thinking for a Change: Thinking for a Change (T4C) – T4C is designed for delivery in small group settings over 22 basic one-day lessons, with the capacity for unlimited continuing sessions that meet the particular needs of each group of participants. The curriculum uses as its core, a problem solving program embellished by both cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions.


Aggression Replacement Training
Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a multimodal intervention design to alter the behavior of chronically aggressive youth. It consists of skill streaming, designed to teach a broad curriculum of pro-social behavior, anger control training, a method for empowering youth to modify their own anger responsiveness, and moral reasoning training to help motivate youth to employ the skills learned via other components. Therapists utilize concepts of ART in some of their groups. Medical Services A “sick call system” allows the youth to acknowledge day-to-day needs for routine medical attention to minor illnesses and evaluation for the need for more extensive care. Nurses administer medications during their shifts. When nurses are not present, select shift supervisors have been trained to assist youth in self-administering their medications. The nurses prepare all medications that are to be administered. All staff members are trained in CPR and first aid. Gulf Coast Youth Services contracts with a physician who serves as the designated health authority. The physician conducts admission physicals if needed and provides on-site visits to see youth who have been identified by the nurse as requiring an appointment and/or follow-up of a youth under medical treatment.

 

Psychiatric Services
Gulf Coast Youth Services contracts with a psychiatrist to provide on-site psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Each youth receives a psychiatric evaluation. If the psychiatric evaluation indicates that psychotropic medications are necessary, the psychiatrist prescribes the appropriate medications and provides monthly medication management and monitoring. All staff members monitor the progress and potential side effects of the medication. At any time that a youth demonstrates the need, through self-report or observation by nursing staff, therapist, and/or direct care staff that follow-up evaluation is needed, an appointment with the psychiatrist will be scheduled.

Home | Contact Us | HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices