Tampa bay academy

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Current status Closed
Checked June 12, 2013
Open.gif Opened 1989
Close.gif Closed 2010

Tampa Bay Academy was behavior modification program marketed as a residential treatment center. It was located in Riverview, Florida [1]. It was founded around 1989.

The target group was children aged between 4 and 17 [2].

They listed a number of issues they claimed to be able to fix along with different kind of therapy they claim to provide[2]

Program structure

They offered three kind of services:

  • Residential treatment [2]
  • Group homes [3]
  • Day treatment (Done in cooperation with Hillsborough County Schools) [4]

Living standards

In their groups the residents live in rooms with 1 or 2 roommates. There are 12 residents in each house which include a common area and a kitchen [3]


In 2005 the Department of Children and & Families in Florida found problems like inadequate staffing, abuse complaints and an alleged sexual assault [5]

December 2008 the Department of Children and & Families in Florida visited the facility once again and found the problems to severe that they suspended the license of the facility [6]. Following the suspension the state ordered the removal of the teenagers in the facility [7]

A mother to a 16 year old girl who had lived at the facility told that a former staff member visited the facility to take photos of her daughter so she could decorate her house with them. She also kissed the girl in a way which got the staff to intervene [8]

June 2009 the facility aimed at expanding their activities claiming to have solved the previous problems [9]. The same claim came from the facility following the 2005 events.

2010 it was reported that the facility closed [10]. A charter school with the same name connected to the facility continued for some time after.

External Links

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  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. 2,0 2,1 2,2 Residential Treatment Center, homepage of the program
  3. 3,0 3,1 Group Homes, homepage of the facility
  4. Day Treatment Program, homepage of the facility
  5. Found Same Problems At Tampa Bay Academy in 2005, by Adam Emerson, Tampa Bay Tribune, December 29, 2008
  6. State Suspends License Of Tampa Bay Academy, by Adam Emerson, Tampa Bay Tribune, December 18, 2008
  7. State Orders Children Removed From Tampa Bay Academy, by Adam Emerson, Tampa Bay Tribune, December 17, 2008
  8. Patient's parent speaks out about dangers at Tampa Bay Academy, by Rebecca Catalanello, Times staff writer, December 20, 2008
  9. Troubled academy aims to expand, by Adam Emerson, Tampa Bay Tribune, June 21, 2009
  10. Riverview children's mental health facility to close, ABC news, Posted: 12/10/2010