Brookwood Secure Center
Brookwood Secure Center is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, southeast of the City of Hudson.
The youth served at Brookwood are male juvenile offenders who, while under the age of 16, committed certain violent felonies and were convicted and sentenced in adult criminal court. Depending upon the sentence, youth may remain in OCFS custody up to 21 years of age.
Juvenile delinquents under the jurisdiction of the Family Court may also be placed at Brookwood if they have been transferred or "fennered" from a limited secure facility for violent behavior. Juvenile delinquents may remain in OCFS custody up to the age of 18 depending on their placement order.
Brookwood Secure Center has a maximum capacity of 146 youth. The original facility was constructed in 1963 and consists of four 14-bed living units. In 1997, five more 14-bed living units were added, along with a 12-bed living unit and an eight-bed living unit. The academic/school area consists of a library, a computer room, a gymnasium, a wellness center, a dining hall, a recreation/all purpose room, a print shop, a building trades shop, a horticulture shop, an infirmary, and several administrative offices. Outdoor recreational facilities include four basketball courts, a handball court, two baseball fields, and a football field. In August 2011, the substance abuse program was moved from the annex to the main building; it occupies one 14-bed living unit. All residents housed there participate in the certified Intensive Residential Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Services Program. The program is certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services pursuant to Article 32, Title 14 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law. This facility is accredited by the American Correctional Association.
Vocational Opportunities: Vocational instructors provide training in building trades, horticulture/landscaping, graphic arts and print shop. In addition to vocational training there are several programs available for youth to earn credentials/certifications:
- The Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Program, a U.S. Department of Labor-approved training curricula offering certifications in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping maintenance, barbering, and custodial maintenance.The HBI curriculum integrates contextual work-based learning with vocational and academic skills training in the classroom. These include employability and life skills, career development and on the job training. Youth enrolled in the HBI program will also receive the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour construction industry outreach training program which provides an entry level construction worker’s general awareness in recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site.
- The New York State Weatherization Directors Association (NYSWDA). A four-day, intensive, training program focused on building science
- The Energy Warriors Program which is a collaboration between OCFS and Cornell Cooperative Extension at Cornell University. This program consists of a three-part curriculum including a 10-week classroom course; hands-on training that teaches students how to work with foam insulation; and connections for youth to internships, higher education, or job opportunities in green energy to advance their careers.
Health Services: Comprehensive health services are provided by licensed health professionals, including a physician, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner. Registered nurses are on duty during day and evening shifts seven days a week. Upon admission, each youth has a comprehensive health assessment and an initial plan of care is developed. Immunizations are brought up to date following current public health recommendations. Eye and dental services are also provided on site. Nursing sick call occurs daily. Nurses refer health problems that cannot be addressed via routine nursing interventions to the physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner or physician. Health staff initiate or continue needed health services via scheduled follow-up appointments. A discharge plan is established on release to address the youth's routine and specialized health care needs.
Mental Health: Mental health treatment is delivered by psychologists, licensed social workers and psychiatrists. Mental health treatment is available for all youth. Clinical personnel work directly for OCFS. Brookwood has consulting psychiatrists who provide psychopharmacological treatment. Assessment services include mental health and substance abuse assessment, evaluation of sex offense treatment needs, fire setting assessment, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment. Treatment services include crisis evaluation and intervention, individual/group/family therapy, mental health and substance abuse treatment and discharge planning. Facility treatment directors and clinicians facilitate psychiatric hospitalization where needed, and are the facility liaisons to the hospital during the youth’s stay.