Director, Marketing and Client Relations
August 11, 2005
Eckerd Youth Alternatives Expands Private
Programming in TN and FL
Significant changes underway to meet needs of the private
Clearwater, Fla. -Eckerd Youth Alternatives (EYA) today announced
expanded offerings for families of troubled youth, including the
transformation of two outdoor therapeutic programs, E-Sun-Alee
in Deer Lodge, TN, and E-How-Kee in Brooksville, FL, to serve
the needs of privately referred boys and girls, their families
and referring professionals. The announcement reflects recent
and ongoing rigorous operational, system and programming evaluation
to meet the needs of referral sources, parents and youth.
Eckerd Youth Alternatives is among the nation's leading organizations
serving thousands of at-risk and troubled youth, through a range
of 40 community-based and residential programs in eight states.
Since 1968, it has helped more than 60,000 youth.
Major Changes Made and More Underway
"Eckerd Youth Alternatives has long been recognized in our
field for our commitment to helping all at-risk children, and
we're always striving to continue to improve our highly effective
model. We've listened and responded to suggestions families and
referring professionals have made over the years, including streamlining
our admissions process, separating adjudicated from non-adjudicated
youth, adjusting therapeutic programming to meet the needs of
families, and becoming more accommodating overall," said
Robert B. McKeagney, Chief Operating Officer.
"Our outdoor therapeutic programs in Deer Lodge, TN, and
Brooksville, FL, reflect those changes and will now provide dedicated
services for families seeking help for their troubled teens in
the private market, " he said. According to McKeagney, an
EYA project underway will upgrade its admissions process even
further for the private market. "We anticipate implementing
those changes within the next few months," he said.
Both the E-Sun-Alee and E-How-Kee programs combine a fully accredited
education program with group and individual counseling, adventure
programs and relationship- and communication-building skills.
The Eckerd Model for therapeutic residential treatment features
eight essentials: a strength-based focus, therapeutic environment,
positive relationships with staff, group living, individual treatment,
safety, education and family participation. Youth live with counselor-teachers
in groups of up to 10 boys or girls for an average of six to 12
months. The program serves boys and girls experiencing emotional
and behavioral problems at home, school or in the community.
In Tennessee: New Girls Group In September
Tennessee's E-Sun-Alee, founded in 1988, is nestled in the rolling
hills of the Cumberland Mountain plateau between Knoxville and
Nashville. E-Sun-Alee currently serves two groups of privately
referred boys, ages 10-18, and will launch a new girls' group
in September. Also opening by September will be the newly remodeled
and upgraded computer lab, where students will be able to pursue
individualized education programming to accelerate academic progress.
Nearly Four Decades of Helping Teens in Florida
Florida's E-How-Kee, which is set among 880 acres of woods north
of Tampa, began outreach to privately referred boys and girls
ages 10-17 last year. Founded in 1968 as EYA's first outdoor therapeutic
program, E-How-Kee has helped generations of youth across nearly
four decades. It also features full classroom and computer lab
facilities, and a full ropes course.
Referrals are now being accepted for both programs. Call EYA Admissions
at 1-800-914-3937, or visit our website
and click on "Get Help for Your Teen."
About Eckerd Youth Alternatives
Eckerd Youth Alternatives (EYA) is one of the nation's leading
providers of services for at-risk and troubled youth. As a private
not-for-profit organization, EYA serves more than 9,000 youth
each year. Since 1968, more than 69,000 young people have been
helped through a range of 40 residential and community-based programs:
outdoor therapeutic treatment, juvenile justice, ReEntry programs,
youth foster care, and early intervention and prevention services.
Headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., Eckerd Youth Alternatives has
1,400 caring employees and provides youth programs in eight states:
Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Vermont, Rhode
Island and New Hampshire. To learn more, call 727-461-2990 or
visit our Web