A 36,700 square foot Family Behavioral Health and Administration Center is planned for the YFT Campus. This facility will allow for improved efficiencies in organizational management, supervision of the professional staff and coordination of the multidimensional programs.
Based upon our experiences and community surveys, there is an exponential growth anticipated within these programs over the next several years. Space will be allocated for private offices for children and families to meet with an expanded team of psychiatrists and therapists. Dedicated rooms will be available for group therapy, play therapy and observation facilities.
From a business and a service capacity perspective, the facility, also, will allow for the formation of anew program to address another "service gap" in the community and simultaneously further the continuum of services while diversifying YFT's funding sources -- dedicated beds for crisis stabilization. This facility will provide for the inclusion of a health clinic which will expand our nursing and medical services to our children on campus.
In addition to space specifically designed for expanded Behavioral Health Services, this new facility will allow eight classrooms in the school to again be utilized for educational purposes. These classrooms were converted several years ago to accommodate office space for counselors, case managers, therapists, and the staffs of fundraising, finance, budget, human resources staff and nurses’ offices, campus operations and executive offices. The space designed for these administrative units in the new facility will allow them to operate more efficiently and for the school classrooms to be returned to their original purpose. Temporarily, YFT is resorting to modular classrooms to accommodate our growth.
"To transform the life of a depressed, angry and defiant teenagers who have been drawn to self-destruction by bullying peers, neglectful parents, abuse of drugs or school truancy, we have to learn what motivates them into new behaviors and simultaneously teach them to value their own lives, create within them a desire to succeed day to day. These life-style changes put a sparkle in their eyes and a smile on their faces. We have found the best formula for such challenges – actively engaging them in the music and the performing arts."
Dr. Gary L. Jones, CEO