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Kissimmee Youth Academy / Kissimmee Youth Academy BDD and DD Program
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/thomas-mcfadyen kissimmee-youth-academy-kissimmee-youth-academy-bdd-and-dd-program 2330 New Beginnings Road FL 34744 (407) 350-4900 (407) 201-2561 joseph.nixon@youthopportunity.com 62, Ages 14-21 Youth Opportunity Investments, LLC http://www.youthopportunity.com/ High-Risk http://www.djj.state.fl.us/Residential/restrictiveness.html#High 9 Kissimmee Joseph Nixon Director
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The Kissimmee Youth Academy is a staff- and hardware-secure program that provides substance abuse overlay services and mental health overlay services treatment for each youth as appropriate.  Additionally, Kissimmee Youth Academy provides a program for youth with borderline developmental disability (BDD) and developmental disability (DD) diagnoses.  While the age range for admission to the BDD/DD program is 14 to 19 years of age, admission shall be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Program treatment services also include social and life skills, vocational training and on-site educational classes.  All clothing and hygiene items are provided.

The length of stay depends on the youth's assessed risk to reoffend and the progress the youth has made in the program toward reducing criminogenic needs and risk factors, addressing the youth's treatment needs, and increasing the youth's protective factors. 

The anticipated, average length of stay is nine to 12 months, depending on the youth's pace of success in completing his individualized therapeutic treatment plan and goals. 

Kissimmee Youth Academy is a Type 2 program offering English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and one elective course. The elective course is typically used to provide additional reading assistance to needy students or vocational training.

Education and vocational services are provided through the Osceola County School District.  In addition to traditional, direct instruction, the education staff uses the PLATO lab as an online credit recovery option in appropriate cases for youth in the program.

This program serves as a GED® test site.

From the North:

  • Take the Florida Turnpike toward Miami. 
  • Exit US-192/US 441 towards St. Cloud (US 441). 
  • Turn right on US 441. 
  • Turn right on Simpson.  T
  • urn right on New Beginnings Road.

From the South:

  • Take the Florida Turnpike towards Orlando. 
  • Exit US-192/US 441 towards St. Cloud (US 441). 
  • Turn right on US 441. 
  • Turn right on Simpson.  T
  • urn right on New Beginnings Road.
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