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Programs and Services Offered at the Youth Care Center

S.A.F.E. Unit (Secure Attention Facilitating Environment)

The S.A.F.E. unit provides 32 beds for juvenile males. This unit is committed to instilling dignity, honor and respect into each resident while maintaining a very safe, secure and structured environment.

S.T.A.G.E. Unit (Secure Trusting Attention Girls Environment)

The S.T.A.G.E. Unit is an all-female unit providing six secure beds by compassionate, attentive and resourceful staff.

**All placements for either the S.A.F.E. or S.T.A.G.E. unit are made by the local juvenile judicial system or law enforcement.

During their stay, males and females participate in the following activities:

  • Therapeutic Groups
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • “Success For Teens”— This book is read by all YCC residents, it is incorporated into the level system and it is discussed in weekly groups. “Success For Teens” encourages residents to learn to make practical decisions to succeed in life.
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness
  • Reading Groups, led by Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library volunteers (Central location).
  • Character Education Movies
  • Sex Education class, taught by the Aids Resource Group
  • Career Days: Local professionals visit the YCC and present their occupation, testimony, and steps to reach personal success.
  • Community Organization Days: Residents learn about the different programs and services offered to our local community.
  • Ongoing Education: Residents can maintain their education by either regularly meeting with the YCC’s two Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation teachers or individually work to acquire their GED with our certified GED instructors from CAPE.

If ordered by the Vanderburgh County Juvenile Court, residents will participate in the following activities:

  • Substance Abuse Evaluations
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • IQ Testing

All residents complete the MAYSI-2 (Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Version 2) brief mental health assessment upon admission. The MAYSI-2 alerts staff to any immediate mental health needs and critical concerns in order to best care for the residents. Results of the MAYSI-2 are provided to the Vanderburgh County Juvenile Court to create a continuum of care beyond the YCC.