More than one hundred years
ago, Optimist Youth Homes
& Family Services began its
residential program on the
same site where we reside today
and continues to be the core
program of the Home.
Our main campus houses up to 85 boys who reside in one of four dorms or 3 independent
living units. Most are referrals by the County Departments of Probation. We serve Los
Angeles County as well as several other counties throughout the State of California.
Trained therapists assigned to each boy formulate individualized treatment plans. These
therapists, along with youth care counselors, nurses, educators, psychiatrists, recreation
staff and chemical dependency counselors, make up the treatment team.
Youth Care Counselors provide basic nurturing, structure and consistency of routine for the
boys. Clients eat in a central dining hall and are accompanied by staff at all times.
A host of recreation staff provide a variety of activities for our youth in order to teach age
appropriate use of leisure time, to help them achieve pro-social success experiences, an
understanding of teamwork, and to develop leadership qualities.
Nursing staff attend to basic medical and dental needs through direct service and/or
referrals to outside medical personnel.
Psychiatrists assess the mental health of each boy, act as consultants to the therapists, and
prescribe and/or monitor the use of psychotropic medication when indicated.
Residentially Based Services are also provided in a number of our community based group
homes whose programs are described elsewhere on this website.
For more information, please contact:
Mary Frances Hudson, LCSW
Chief Clinical Officer