Reporting Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment
All reports of sexual abuse or sexual harassment will be investigated and addressed. Youth, employees, and third parties can report incidents of sexual abuse or sexual harassment in verbal or written formats. All parties can file a report with the Office of Juvenile Justice by calling the Investigative Services hotline at 1-800-626-1430. Reporters can remain anonymous or provide contact information in the event more information is needed.

LA Coordinated System of Care

Swanson Center for Youth at Columbia

P.O. Box 69, Grayson, LA  71435 (mailing address)
132 Hwy 850, Columbia, LA 71418 (physical address)
Tel. 318.649.4310
Fax 318.649.0948

Director Richard Robinson
Deputy Director Kim Rushing  

Treatment Programs:

  • Substance Abuse – campus based programs
  • Pre-release/Life Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Victim Awareness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Healthy Masculinity
  • Cognitive Behavior Program (Thinking for a Change)

Educational Programs

  • Pinehill Alternative High School
  • General Education (Regular and Special Education)
  • Pre-GED course work
  • Carnegie Units


VISITATION: Please go to Visitation Link for rules and policy regarding visits.

are every Saturday and Sunday

Hours: 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
No one admitted after 3:30 P.M.
No more than 3 visitors at a time

History of Swanson Center for Youth at Columbia

The Columbia area welcomed a new friend in a familiar setting in May 2013 when the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice opened a secure care facility for delinquent juvenile males on the site of the former Department of Health and Hospitals/Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities’ Columbia Community Residential and Employment Services (CCRES).
CCRES originally housed residents with developmental disabilities, and served day clients with vocational programming. In 2005, DHH began to comply with the Congressional mandate that individuals with developmental disabilities receive residential services in community-based, rather than institutional, settings.  All clients were transitioned to community-based care with private providers several years ago, and the facility was closed.  The property was transferred from DHH to OJJ in 2010 for use as a secure care center for youth.
The new Swanson Center for Youth at Columbia provides a therapeutic, secure setting where youth receive treatment services and rehabilitation, utilizing the nationally-acclaimed Louisiana model of therapeutic secure care.  SCYC’s on-site, state-approved Pinehill Alternative School, provides educational opportunities for resident youth, including academic instruction and life skills training.  Daily therapeutic group sessions address identified needs, such as anger management and substance abuse. 
The new OJJ facility houses youth and employees who moved from Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe to the Columbia facility after renovations to the 10-acre campus were completed.  As part of a systemic reform of Louisiana’s juvenile justice system that began a decade ago, OJJ’s goal is to open small, regional facilities for our adjudicated youth population, as we move away from the previous system of large, institutionalized corrections facilities.   Today OJJ provides youth with treatment and rehabilitation services closer to their homes, to enhance family involvement in their programming, and maintain ties with the community to which they will return.  

Swanson Center for Youth at Columbia

P.O. Box 420, Grayson, LA 71435 (mailing address)
132 Hwy 850, Columbia, LA 71418 (physical address)
Tel. 318.649.2385
Fax 318.649.2868