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Juvenile Addiction Receiving Facility

Juvenile addiction is a serious, potentially lifelong problem that responds well to early intervention. A majority of people suffering from addiction experience the beginnings of this illness during their teens: 95% of people who are dependent on alcohol or other drugs began using before their 20th year.

Our Juvenile Addiction Receiving Facility - JARF - offers a secure, temporary, medically supervised environment for adolescents 12 to 17 years of age who are actively using alcohol or drugs. The JARF is short-term treatment and referral, normally lasting no more than three to five days. Admission can be voluntary or involuntary, under the Florida Marchman Act.

ADMISSION The JARF is a locked facility serving Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. It operates twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. We accept adolescent admissions on both a voluntary and involuntary basis. Involuntary admissions must meet Marchman Act criteria. The most common sources of admission to the JARF include:

  • Referrals from the Juvenile Assessment Center of Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice,
  • Court Order by Marchman Act petition of parents or guardians;
  • Physician Certificate ordering involuntary assessment and stabilization, and
  • Voluntary admission by an adolescent under 18 years of age, though with the restriction that discharge to a responsible adult is required.



  • Comprehensive inpatient assessment
  • Detoxification and symptom stabilization
  • Physical Examination by Physician
  • HIV Screening
  • Structured Groups, Health Information, and Life Skills
  • Family Counseling
  • Drug Testing
  • Treatment Recommendations & Referrals