Brentwood Residential Center

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Description:

Brentwood Residential Center for Girls is located in the central Long Island community of Dix Hills, New York. The 40-acre campus includes two buildings, a softball field, running track and picnic area. The main building houses the living unit, dining area, classroom and administrative offices. A second building contains a gymnasium, additional classroom and offices.

The youth served are female adjudicated juvenile delinquents, generally between the ages of 12 and 18, placed with OCFS by the New York State Family Courts.

Services:

Counseling: The Youth Counselor (YC) meets with youth and assists with release planning, family work and crisis intervention. Treatment team meetings with the YC, Mentor, Education Coordinator and other relevant staff are held on a 21-day basis for all youth.

Youth participate in weekly drug and alcohol counseling and education provided by Outreach.

Education: All youth are involved in a structured school setting with small class sizes. The facility provides educational programming for youth according to New York State Education Department requirements. Qualifying youth may also enroll in the Alternative High School Education Programs and pursue Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

Vocational Opportunities: Youth receive instruction in job readiness and portfolio development.

Health Services: Comprehensive health services are provided by licensed health professionals. Registered nurses are on duty during day and evening shifts seven days a week. A physician visits the facility twice a month.

Mental Health Services: Individual and group psychotherapy sessions are conducted for all youth by an OCFS psychologist.

Recreational: Recreational programming is provided to encourage personal confidence, build self-esteem, support sportsman-like conduct and provide opportunities for productive use of leisure time. Recreational activities include arts and crafts, hobbies, games, physical fitness and sporting events.

Religious Services: A non-denominational service is offered on a weekly basis is for the spiritual needs of the youth. Bi-lingual Spanish language services are also available.

Visitation: Families are vital to the treatment for youth in placement and are encouraged to visit on weekends. Family engagement is actively pursued through a series of video conferences, participation in treatment team meetings, as well as facility-sponsored visits to the facility.

Special Programs and Community Partnerships: Brentwood has partnered with Long Island Youth Mentoring, a program that matches our youth with mentors from the community.  Hofstra University School of Law teaches Transformative Mediation to both youth and staff.  The facility has a Community Advisory Board that provides youth mentoring, yoga and Zumba classes, and donates holiday gifts to the youth.

Pre-Release Orientation: Release planning begins at intake. The facility support team members work closely with residents, parents and community service team (CST) members to ensure that residents and their families receive the support needed for a timely and successful return to the community.


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