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Company Overview of Youth Services International, Inc.

Company Overview

Youth Services International, Inc. provides educational and developmental services that change the thinking and behavior of troubled youth in the United States. It offers programs and services to government agencies serving at-risk youth; and rehabilitates juveniles through integrated programs, staff mentoring, and environments to promote learning and change. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Sarasota, Florida. Youth Services International, Inc. is a former subsidiary of Correctional Services Corporation, LLC. As of November, 2005, Youth Services International, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Jfs Development, Llc.

6000 Cattleridge Drive

Suite 200

Sarasota, FL 34232

United States

Founded in 1991

1,800 Employees





Key Executives for Youth Services International, Inc.

Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Age: 62
CEO of Correctional Services Corporation and President of Correctional Services Corporation
Age: 67
Chief Operating Officer of Correctional Services Corporation
Age: 66
Senior Vice President of Operations
Age: 69
Senior Vice President - Corporate Development, Secretary and General Counsel
Age: 61
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

Youth Services International, Inc. Key Developments

State Juvenile Department Ends Relationship with Youth Services International

After years of controversy, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is ending its relationship with Youth Services International with state contracts totaling roughly $90 million to run seven juvenile lockups. The department announced that it had reached a settlement with YSI that includes ending the company's contracts. That came after criticism of the firm by local communities and a whistleblower lawsuit - alleging, at least in part, that YSI made false claims about providing services, and even food, to juvenile offenders. Under terms of the settlement, the firm has agreed to pay $2 million to the state and the lawsuit will be dismissed. The settlement calls for new contractors to be in place by Aug. 31, and Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christina Daly has pledged that there will be no interruption of services. The whistleblower lawsuit contended the company made repeated false claims 'in order for the defendants to receive tens of millions of dollars in payments under contracts entered with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice that the defendants were not entitled to receive (including) numerous monthly invoices claiming payments for services that had not been performed as required under contracts with the state of Florida'. Plaintiffs alleged such falsifications - of safety checks, staff training and timesheets, case-management plans and mental health and rehabilitation records - were a daily occurrence at YSI facilities. They also alleged the company instructed facility administrators to leave required positions unfilled so as to reduce staffing levels below contract requirements "and would hold back or refuse to provide adequate funds . to purchase required items such as adequate food, clothing, cleaning supplies and other basic necessities." The plaintiffs were six former YSI employees. One, Antwyon Carter, had some monitoring responsibility for several of the firm's Florida lockups. Four others had worked at the 118-bed, maximum-security Palm Beach County Juvenile Corrections Facility or its predecessor, Thompson Academy. The sixth worked at YSI-run Broward Girls Academy. In legal documents, YSI acknowledged that the plaintiffs had worked for the company but contended they did not have "sufficient knowledge to form a belief" to support the allegations. But in Palm Beach County, where the largest of YSI's Florida facilities is located, Kerner, County Commissioner Shelly Vana and other officials had pushed the Department of Juvenile Justice to replace the firm. They also tried to investigate repeated allegations of abuse. Daly met with Palm Beach County commissioners and conducted dozens of site visits.

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