FDJJ-Columbus Youth Academy (YA)

State Juvenile

Last Updated: April 16, 2024
9502 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33619

Columbus Youth Academy is for State Juvenile offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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The FDJJ-Columbus Youth Academy (YA) is within the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice located at 9502 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL.

The facility provides supervision of youth in a safe, secure and humane environment. Services for youth include education, mental health, substance abuse, and health care. Medical and mental health are contracted services. Educational services are funded by the Florida Department of Education through local school districts.

A typical day in secure detention would involve hygiene, meals, school, structured physical and educational activities, and court appearance as scheduled. The average length of stay in secure state detention is approximately 60 days.

The Columbus Youth Academy provides a non-secure residential commitment program for up to 50 males, aged up to 19, who have been adjudicated for sex offenses. The program offers individual, family, and group therapy tailored to address each youth's treatment needs. Upon admission, each youth undergoes evaluation by a psychiatrist for medication management, with monthly follow-up evaluations thereafter if necessary.

The duration of stay at the Columbus YA varies depending on the pace of success in completing the individualized treatment plan and goals.

Academic and career education at the Columbus Youth Academy includes English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading, offered as part of a Type 2 program. Additionally, career and technical opportunities in Culinary Arts are provided. Educational services are provided by the Hillsborough County School District.

For youths in need of extended care under the Department of Juvenile Justice's supervision, residential facilities across Florida offer the necessary support. Placement is determined by the commitment plan, with assistance available from the child's Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) in identifying the appropriate facility.

Operated by contracted provider TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, LLC, the Columbus Youth Academy offers a comprehensive range of services. For further information on the Department of Juvenile Justice's oversight, administration, and residential services, individuals can contact Lori Jernigan, Assistant Secretary of Residential Services, at lori.jernigan@fldjj.gov or (850) 394-7634.

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