Mille Lacs Academy
Residential Treatment in a Peaceful, Wooded Setting

The Site

Mille Lacs Academy (MLA) is located just 75 miles north of the Twin Cities on a 40-acre wooded lot, just outside the city of Onamia, Minnesota.

The site features a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that includes a school, gymnasium, dormitories, kitchen, cafeteria, group living space, and office space. MLA has a 96-bed residential program, divided into four smaller programs, and a 10-bed group home.
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Youth Served

Mille Lacs Academy (MLA) offers nationally recognized treatment for boys, ages 10-19, with significant mental health issues and harmful sexual behaviors. In addition, MLA youth may also struggle with lower intellectual functioning, developmental delays and other special needs, reactive attachment disorders, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, impulse control disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma-based mental health issues, attention deficit disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome effects, brain-based disorders, disruptive behaviors, patterns of abusive behavior, cognitive distortions, and family relationship issues.

Programming & Treatment

Programming at Mille Lacs Academy (MLA) serves boys, ages 10-19, with significant mental health issues and harmful sexual behaviors. Download a brochure about Mille Lacs Academy's Site and Programs.

We take an individualized, holistic approach to identify and target all the causal factors relative to sexual acting out, including inappropriate sexual behaviors, sexually reactive behaviors and sexual perpetration. Focus is placed on family relationships, patterns of abusive behavior, development of empathy, cognitive distortions, attachment issues, personal victimization issues, and trauma-based mental health issues.

Individualized therapeutic services are based on the psychological, relational, familial, and emotional needs of each youth. Treatment is combined with multi-contextual education and therapy to reduce the risk of continued harmful behaviors and increase a youth's ability to form healthy sustaining relationships.

Family Involvement

Relationships are the foundation of treatment success at MLA. Through the Nexus Family Partnership Initiative, staff at MLA work to create an open and ongoing dialogue with parents about what will work for them and their child. Family involvement is a necessity throughout the treatment process, and the family is our partner in the treatment of youth in our care.

MLA's sex-specific treatment programs are built on relationships and are based on the Cornerstone Values of Honesty, Responsibility, Courage, Care and Concern.