W.J. Maxey Boys Training School provides treatment to delinquent male youths, 12 to 21 years of age. The 60-bed facility serves the needs of Michigan youth who require intensive or specialized rehabilitation treatment and a high level of program security and structure to provide personal and community safety.

Treatment Highlights

Individualized planning is developed under the supervision of clinical professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and certified social workers. The plan is implemented through a multi-disciplinary treatment team composed of direct care workers, teachers, clinical staff, social workers and specialized consultants under the direction of a master-level program manager. Individual, group and family approaches are used to stabilize behavior, build thinking and decision making skills, and develop pro-social and productive behavior patterns. Areas of specialized programming include:

  • Sex Offender Treatment
  • Substance Abuse Education and Treatment
  • Criminal Behavior Treatment
  • Behavioral Health Treatment (Mental Health)

Educational Services

Youth at Maxey are provided a full-day, year-round educational program through our NCA-accredited academic program. All teachers are state-certified educators and special education services are available. Youth are provided with an individualized education curriculum targeted toward high school or GED completion. Also, youth participate in life skills and vocation training classes - such as construction trades, cosmetology and graphic design.

Additional Services

  • Mental Health Services: All youth are screened for mental health issues. Medication monitoring and therapy are used, in addition to normal programming. Intensive treatment is available for a specialized unit with increased structure and clinical oversight.
  • Community Reintegration: Community re-entry is viewed as the most critical component of successful rehabilitation. Treatment services build identity, develop skills and provide insight into re-entering the community. Ongoing family contact, problem-solving, and future planning are a large part of a youth's social support network for the re-entry phase.
  • Medical Health Services: Maxey operates a state-of-the-art Health and Dental Services Clinic. Clinic staff includes a physician, nurses, a dentist, a dental hygienist, an optometrist and medical support personnel.
  • Restorative Justice: Youth are required to participate in BARJ activities at Maxey. Volunteer projects include building houses for Habitat for Humanity, local soup kitchens, donating funds to domestic violence centers and supporting Michigan soldiers stationed overseas.

Spiritual Development

Maxey provides a range of spiritual development activities and services.  Special events and annual renewal celebration encourage youth to examine and develop their spiritual standing.