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Juvenile Justice Division

lighthouse Lighthouse Youth Center – Paint Creek
1071 Tong Hollow Road
PO Box 586
Bainbridge, Ohio 45612
Phone: (740) 634-3094
Fax: (740) 634-3047
1-800-569-7682
Director: Mark Ingles
mingles@lys.org

Lighthouse Youth Center-Paint Creek (LYC-PC) is a residential rehabilitation center for male adolescents ages 15-18, at admission, who have been adjudicated delinquent for crimes that would be considered a felony one or two for an adult offender.  Until 1993, LYC-PC was the only privately owned and managed facility of its type in Ohio.  LYC-PC is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding youth corrections facilities in the country with a recidivism rate less than half of traditional institutions.

LYC-PC rehabilitates youth through an intense program which provides positive peer culture and extensive cognitive behavioral intervention. Noted by surveyors for its care of families and profound respect for the young people served, the program was cited by CARF International in 2006 as an “Exemplary” program.

Admission Criteria:
1) 15-18 years old
2) Male
3) Felony offenders without history of serious mental health issues

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Lighthouse Youth Counseling Services
21 & 23 E. Babbitt Street
Dayton, Ohio 45405
Phone: (937) 586-0435
Fax: (937) 610-2795
Director: Ric Gulley
rgulley@lys.org

Lighthouse Youth Counseling Services provides structured aftercare services for boys returning to Montgomery County from Lighthouse Youth Center at Paint Creek. In addition to serving boys from Paint Creek, the Lighthouse Youth Counseling Services program provides structured treatment, including partial hospitalization services, to boys referred directly from the Ohio Department of Youth Services and Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

Admission Criteria:
1) 16-18 years old (felony)
2) 13-18 years old (sex offender)
3) Male

Community Management
401 E. McMillan
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: (513) 221-3350
Fax: (513) 891-3353
Director: Nathan Lynch
nlynch@lys.org

Community Management provides transitional services for youthful offenders returning to the community after a period of out-of-home placement and/or correctional institution placement. These services are provided through the Intensive Aftercare Program that targets mental health, substance abuse, and/or other interpersonal and social deficits that interfere with a youthful offender's ability to successfully re-integrate to the community. Group, individual, and family therapy, and intensive case management services are provided along with specialized services for youth with sexually aggressive behavior and/or substance abuse or addictions. Additional services help youth in the areas of educational advancement, career development and employment as well as community engagement.

Questions regarding referral to Community Management should be directed the Program Coordinator.

Admission Criteria:
1) 12 – 18 years old
2) Male or Female
3) Adjudicated and/or has substantiated history of offending behavior


Civic Justice Corps
401 E. McMillan
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: (513) 221-3350
Fax: (513) 891-3353
Director: Kathryn Thompson
kthompson@lys.org


Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the LYS Civic Justice Corps is a voluntary program for young men ages 18-22 who have been adjudicated through the Juvenile Justice System. The goals of the program are to reduce recidivism, to reunite the youth with their community in a positive way, encourage their successful education and ultimately to obtain career level employment.

The CJC is based on a Restorative Justice Model and uses Service Learning Projects to heal the harm done to the community through the past behaviors. The Projects are jointly supervised by LYS Case Managers and Lawn Life, Inc. professionals. The CJC provides free landscaping or light construction to organizations that are committed to improving our community and who understand the importance of connecting with and acknowledging the accomplishments of the CJC youth.

Upon completion of 32 hours of Service Learning the youth move into a paid apprenticeship with Lawn Life. During this time they are also receiving Leadership Training, Mentoring, Case Management, therapy if needed, aptitude testing and other supportive services. Education is emphasized and all of the youth are either working on completion of their high school credentials or they are obtaining post-secondary or vocational education.  

Additional information about the Lighthouse Youth Services Civic Justice Corps can be obtained by contacting Kathryn Thompson in the Community Management Department at 513-587-6786.


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