Youth Services to run a third Florida facility

Maryland Watch

November 25, 1997

Youth Services International Inc. of Owings Mills has been chosen by the state of Florida to run a residential program for juveniles in Daytona Beach, the company said yesterday.

Youth Services is to take over the contract today for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to manage the 30-bed Timberline Youth Center, an academy for young women serving sentences of nine to 12 months.

Timberline is the third troubled facility that Florida has asked Youth Services to take over.

The company will hire an executive director and staff to operate an accredited school that offers treatment programs, athletics and vocational skills. The juveniles will be able to transfer credits upon their return to school and apply them toward a General Equivalency Diploma.

The program should generate annual revenues of about $700,000 for Youth Services, which currently serves about 200 female juveniles in other academy programs, the company said.

In Maryland, YSI manages the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School and the Victor Cullen Academy. It operates 18 residential juvenile justice programs in nine states.

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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