About Us

Uta Halee Academy

Uta Halee Academy is a female-specific, residential program that offers young women opportunities to build productive and meaningful futures for themselves and their communities. Since it began operations in 2013, Uta Halee has evolved and grown, incorporating the latest research and evidence into our program model. Our understanding of the populations that we serve has helped us to develop an evidence-based and trauma-responsive program that helps our young women attain their goals.

Uta Halee Academy is operated by Rite of Passage, a leading National provider of evidence-based therapeutic and educational programs for youth. Rite of Passage provides a diverse continuum of care with evidence-based programs in education, youth shelter programs, family and community aftercare and intensive treatment for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

For over 30 years, Rite of Passage has been improving the lives of youth. Through its work at Uta Halee Academy and other academy programs, Rite of Passage has developed the Academic Model™ framework to articulate its program philosophy, methodology, and specific evidence-based practices.

THE ACADEMIC MODEL™

The Academic Model™ is the framework for Uta Halee Academy’s programming and services. Beginning with a foundation of safety, accomplished through caring relationships, qualified and trained staff, fosters a culture where students can learn.

Staff model pro-social skills, utilize the appropriate amount of empathy and provide youth with problem resolution skills. Assessments identify individual student needs and strengths and develop their intrinsic motivation for change.

Evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions help students develop skills to overcome aggression, disruptive behavior, and heal from traumatic events in their lives. Since many of the students will return home, family involvement and treatment are provided at an appropriate intensity.

The normalized environment enables each student to develop and practice skills in the therapeutic, academic, vocational, health/wellness, family and community activities. Through these experiences, the student gains competencies and skills to attain Treatment Plan goals; then, new goals are established and the process of positive change is moved forward, creating a new vision and hope for the youth.

Meet Our Qualified Team

Michael Cantrell
Executive Director
Kristina Lesley
Program Director
Tarino Russell
Director of Group Living
Jessica Russell
Director of Student Services
Dr. Tanya Martin
Principal
Emily Strauss
Compliance Manager