| ||Last Sunday, I toured the Miami Youth Academy (MYA) Residential Program in Miami during the program’s Family Day festivities. Family Day is an event that invites the families of youth at the facility for a day of food, fun, and fellowship. In addition, I was able to meet the new pet therapy dog at the facility. The dog was purchased by the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF), the DJJ direct-support-organization, and was appropriately named “Caroline,” after our own FJJF Director Caroline Ray (pictured with me, at left).
The Miami Youth Academy, operated by G4S, serves males between the ages of 14 and 18, in a non-secure residential commitment program. Males served are those who have been assessed as needing Substance Abuse Treatment Overlay Services (SAOS) in a residential environment.
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