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Kentucky takes pride in the fact that its facilities are small and treatment oriented. There are a total of seven (7) youth development centers (YDC's) throughout the state. The facilities range in capacity from 30 to 45. Youth placed in youth development centers are usually between the ages of 14 and 18.
All programs have an on-grounds six hour school day. All programs offer the youth educational alternatives, such as graduation track and GED track, as well as vocational opportunities. Some youth will be able to receive college credit through the virtual university program. Individual, group and family counseling are provided. Each facility has a psychologist. Programming at the facilities include substance abuse, anger management, recreation, parenting classes and independent living classes. Community-based education, service learning and community service options are integral components of staff-secure facilities.
Whenever possible, youth are placed in the program geographically closest to home. This helps facilitate family visiting and counseling, as well as transition/aftercare services back to their home, school and community. Youth may be granted furloughs to assist in treatment and transition/aftercare planning. Some youth are discharged home after completion of a youth development center program, while others may step down to a less restrictive placement, such as a group home or therapeutic foster care.