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Lake Academy
/daryl-wolfgang lake-academy 9504 E Columbus Drive FL 33619 (813) 623-6286 (813) 623-6004 christina.roberts@truecorebehavioral.com 56, Ages 12-19 TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, LLC http://www.truecorebehavioral.com/ Nonsecure /facilities/restrictiveness-levels#nonsecure 13 Tampa Christina Roberts Facility Administrator

The Lake Academy serves 50 females, ages 12 to 19, in a non-secure residential commitment program. The program provides intensive mental health treatment services to youth with a DSM-IV Axis I or II mental disorder who demonstrate serious to severe symptoms of mental disorder and impairment in social, emotional, and/or adaptive functioning. The program also provides services for up to 16 of the 50 youth with borderline mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

To be eligible for the borderline mental retardation services, the youth must have a formal IQ between 70 and 79, which must be documented by a psychological evaluation completed within six (6) months of admission to the program. To be eligible for the developmental disability services, the youth must have a formal IQ of less than 70, which must be documented by a psychological evaluation completed within six (6) months of admission to the program. The psychological evaluations must be conducted and signed by a psychologist licensed under Chapter 490, F.S., or Department of Education employed/certified school psychologist.

In addition, residents may be classified as needing intensive medical overlay services. The ability to accept these youth is based on bed availability. The scope of medical services provided includes insulin dependent diabetics, renal disease, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, etc. (to be approved by the Office of Health Services prior to admission). Medical services not provided are intravenous therapy, gastric tube maintenance (including feeding tubes), skilled observation treatments required more than every two hours, medical conditions determined to be acute and emergent in nature, stage 3 and stage 4 open wounds, and contagious infectious diseases.

The anticipated average length of stay depends on the youth's pace of success in completing the individualized treatment plan and goals.

The Lake Academy is a Type 2 program offering English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and one elective course. 

Education services are provided through the Hillsborough County School District.

  • In Tampa, proceed south on I-75 to Mango exit 52, which is Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Blvd.
  • Turn right on MLK Blvd.
  • Proceed approximately 1 mile to Falkenburg Road.
  • Turn left onto Falkenburg Road.
  • Proceed to the third traffic light, which is Columbus Drive and is 0.1 miles past Lake Avenue. 
  • If you reach Windhorst Road, you've gone about 0.2 miles too far. 
  • Turn right onto Columbus Drive and follow the road for about ¼ mile.
  • Lake Academy is located on the right.