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Residential Facilities

Post-adjudication facilities are the Burnett-Bayland Rehabilitation Center, the Harris County Leadership Academy and the Harris County Youth Village. The Division continues to use the DART system of structured supervision and programming from campus to campus. DART stresses personal accountability through Discipline, Accountability, Redirection and Transition.

Burnett-Bayland Rehabilitation Center
6500 Chimney Rock

The Burnett Bayland Rehabilitation Center (BBRC) is a secure placement with a capacity of 144 boys. Each male juvenile offender to be placed in a county residential facility is first sent to BBRC to be carefully evaluated. In 2008, assessments were completed for 1,547 youth who were then routed to other county campuses, private placement, TYC and in some cases, placed at home on regular probation or assigned to BBRC. In addition to the general population programming, BBRC offers specialized treatment  components: Sex Offender Program, Psychiatric Stabilization Unit and a drug dependent treatment program. There is also a 30-day Intense Impact program which emphasizes structure and early reconnection to family. MHMRA provides intense counseling to the Psychiatric Stabilization Unit residents and crisis intervention.

The Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse Program and Love U2 groups provides curriculum that teaches boys how to develop and maintain healthy relationships. The Children’s Assessment Center provides individual counseling for those youths who indicate sexual victimization in their past. Writers in Schools assists juveniles in writing projects and the Rotary Club provides “Success at Work” groups with a focus on life skills. Volunteers from Special Youth Services and Crossroads bring guest speakers, tutors, religious services, art and other programs to BBRC. In addition, BBRC has participated in a research project with Fordham University on decision-making skills among males who have been placed on probation.

Harris County Youth Village
210 J.W. Mills Drive, Seabrook

The Harris County Youth Village (HCYV) is a lakefront campus located in the Clear Lake area that provides educational, medical and therapeutic services, as well as drug education therapy, for males 10 to 17 years of age. The total capacity of the Youth Village is 170, and in 2008, 644 youths resided there. The behavioral program of the Youth Village targets personal responsibility, appropriate expression of anger, positive decision-making, leadership and, ultimately, self-management of one’s own behavior. Student-led community governments meet weekly.   

Student-led community governments meet weekly. Support team meetings and staffings are held to assist students with their progress on campus and to prepare them to return to their homes, schools and community. Parent and guardian involvement is encouraged with visitation, input on treatment plans family and multi-family counseling and home visits. Community volunteers also support the Youth Village program by providing incentive awards and working with residents as mentors, training coaches, advisors and tutors.

In 2008, the Youth Village’s vocational program continued providing residents with stronger ties to continuing education as well as to employers in the community. The Vocational Education Program (VEP) can accommodate 120 students per year. Central to this program is its partnership with the San Jacinto College System’s Central Campus, where residents complete certificate-level vocational classes, which are industry recognized and can be used to further the students’ studies at either college or general trades’ level. Professors from San Jacinto College instruct students in an 18-week program in either electrical or automotive repair studies. Students in the electrical program receive instruction in basic residential and commercial wiring, and students in the automotive program attend Introduction to Automotive Systems. In addition to vocational studies, all students are enrolled in on campus GED classes. They spend four hours each day preparing to take not only the GED exam, but college-level entrance exams. All students are given academic and employment counseling by both Youth Village staff and San Jacinto College who assist with college financial aid paperwork, scholarships, grants and job applications. Some youth in this program can qualify for grants to cover tuition and fees for one year after their release which will allow many students to continue their college studies as they transition back into the community.

In January 1, 2010, Harris County Youth Village accepted the girls that previously were housed  at Burnett-Bayland Home (BBH).   In December 2009, Burnett Bayland Home closed and the girls relocated to the Youth Village, and began the Girls Program.  Family visitation is encouraged and parents participate in regular counseling sessions. Residents attend on-campus classes taught by the Juvenile Justice Charter School. A vocational curriculum has been added with instruction on writing resumes and completing job applications. Those attending GED classes or extra-curricular activities may go off campus.  Drug and alcohol counseling, therapy and peer mediation play a significant role in the rehabilitation of the residents. Privately-funded activities such as art, a photography program and a print shop bring yet another learning dimension to the residents. The Rotary Club of Houston continued its generous support and conducted weekly tutoring.

Harris County Leadership Academy
9120 Katy-Hockley, Katy

The Harris County Leadership Academy (HCLA) provides a residential correctional program for adjudicated males, ages 13 to 16, who have been determined by the court to need a strong structured and discipline-oriented program. The Harris County Leadership Academy is in west Harris County, opened in 1999, and has a capacity of *96 residents.  During 2008, 592 young men participated in the program. The focus of the program is to redirect the thinking and behavior patterns of juveniles by instilling in them a sound foundation embracing a healthy self-concept, respect for others, authority and personal accountability. This is accomplished in a safe, secure environment with zero tolerance for abuse of any kind while maximizing opportunities for development of body, mind and spirit. The juveniles take part in a structured basic program incorporating the four phases of DART (Discipline, Accountability, Redirection and Transition.) The goal of Harris County Leadership Academy is to provide a successful reintegration into the community and family. Educational classes are provided by teachers from the Juvenile Justice Charter School as well as counseling, anger management and mental health services by MHMRA of Harris County.

Additionally the juveniles of Harris County Leadership Academy have the opportunity to participate in a Vocational Education Program in conjunction with San Jacinto College. Trainees who have problems with alcohol and/or drugs are provided treatment via Turning Point of Houston. Special Youth Services and Youth Exchange provide religious programs. A gardening program highlights the juvenile’s ability to discover the value of working with nature. Upon completion of the program, a promotion ceremony is held when parents witness how their sons have matured. Juveniles return home and attend school with intensive supervision by juvenile probation officers from CUPS 7, a special Probation Services aftercare unit. They also participate in community service projects, drug testing and counseling sessions. A 30-45 day impact program designed to redirect probationers whose behavior is jeopardizing their current community or residential probation status recorded a 94% success rate in 2008.

* HCLA originally opened as Delta Boot Camp in 1999, with a capacity for 144 youth; however, in 2009, the program was redesigned to the current HCLA and a capacity of 96 youth.

A Balanced Approach to Juvenile Justice

Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
1200 Congress
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-222-4100