Services Offered at Waco Center for Youth


Education - is furnished through AXTELL Independent School District, which provides on campus academic learning experiences in small group settings.

Treatment Team - is led by a board-certified psychiatrist, and assesses each youth's clinical needs and develops an appropriate treatment approach.

Medical Services - ensures that each youth benefits from continuous general medical care by WCY's full time pediatrician.

Clinical Services - provides each adolescent with an assigned clinical therapist who is responsible for:

  • Individual and group therapy.

  • Family therapy.

  • Coordination of the treatment team.

  • Case management services.

  • Assistance with aftercare planning.

Nursing Services - provides nurses with specialized therapeutic skills, who apply the nursing process to address the needs of the individual and family.

Psychology & Habilitation Services - provides assessment and training that identifies and addresses residents' need for self-care, independent living, social and recreational skills.

Aftercare - coordinates relationships between Waco Center for Youth, families, Mental Health Centers, state facilities, and other community resources.

The Staff - gives youth a chance for change by building a totally therapeutic environment for emotionally distressed young people. This commitment is demonstrated by a highly trained and motivated staff, as well as a large number of community volunteers who provide donated goods and services to the center's youngsters.

Rights Protection - is assured for center youth by a Rights Officer, who is available to assist center youth, families and staff in understanding the youth's rights, privileges and responsibilities.

Chaplaincy Services - provides youth with opportunities for spiritual formation while insuring their rights of religious freedom.

Residential Life - offers young people of the Waco Center for Youth cottage style housing under 24-hour staff supervision. While at the campus, each youth participates in a variety of programs, activities, and learning experiences, so that they might successfully return to home and community.

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Last updated March 23, 2010