Licensing and Standards General Information


Contact Information

Physical Address :
Youth Services
8950 Roebuck Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35206


Robert Matthews:
Director of Licensing
(205) 838-5007

Chandler Beane:
Licensing Representive
(334) 850-3093

Susan Haug:
Licensing Representive
(334) 808-6590

Karen Steele:
Licensing Representive
(205) 838-5008

Arnika Whitaker:
Licensing Representive
(205) 838-5009

The Department of Youth Services follows the American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards when approving most facilities for licensure. We utilize ACA publications for: Juvenile Correctional Facilities (formerly, Training Schools) and Juvenile Detention Facilities. For Juvenile Community Residential Facilities, Juvenile Day Treatment Programs, Short Term Detention Facilities and Outdoor Adventure Treatment Programs, contact one of the licensing staff for instructions. The DYS annual licensing audit will evaluate compliance with the various standards as they appear in the ACA publication and periodic supplements and the Administrative Code. A candidate for licensure can to obtain the appropriate publication directly from ACA at the following website in order to prepare for an audit: