Acadiana Center for Youth (ACY) is under construction on a site in the town of Bunkie, Avoyelles Parish. The facility is being constructed by M. D. Descant, Inc., a Bunkie construction company selected through the state bid process. Construction began in August 2014. The facility is expected to open in April 2018.
The site is just off U.S. Hwy. 71 at Bordelon Road. It sits on 20 acres formerly in agricultural use.ACY will be a state-of-the-art secure therapeutic treatment center for youth, and will be Louisiana’s first facility built specifically to accommodate LAMOD, the therapeutic treatment model in place in all of OJJ’s facilities. LAMOD, the Louisiana Model for Secure Care, is based on the highly-respected “Missouri Model,” which incorporates therapy and family involvement for juvenile delinquents. ACY will house up to 72 youth requiring intensive treatment in a therapeutic, secure environment.
ACY will primarily serve youth and families in the southwestern area of the state. Youth will be able to receive services closer to home, with greater opportunities for meaningful family involvement and community re-integration. Research shows that youth whose families participate in their treatment are more successfully rehabilitated; they are more likely to re-integrate successfully into their communities; are less likely to re-offend; and more likely to remain in their communities as productive, wage-earning, tax-paying adults.
The facility will comprise nine buildings, including administration, housing units, gymnasium, a school with classrooms and a vocational-technical area, a kitchen and dining hall and maintenance buildings. Included on the site will be a soccer field and outdoor basketball court. A state-of-the art, 12 foot tall arched barrier (“candy cane”) no-climb fence will encircle the perimeter.