Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center

2901 Ford St.
Golden, CO 80401

Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center (LMYSC), located in Golden Colorado, is an intensive secure treatment program for 140 male juvenile offenders. LMYSC provides for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the CDHS Division of Youth Services (DYS).  Lookout Mountain is designed to meet the needs of DYS’s highest risk youth and accepts referrals from all four of the Division’s management regions.

LMYSC offers comprehensive services to committed youth and their families. Using cognitive behavioral and social learning modalities, Lookout Mountain’s programming provides an environment where therapeutic and strength-based relationships may develop. Services consist of academic and career technology programming, recreation, medical and dental. Spiritual life and pastoral care are provided by Youth for Christ and Straight Ahead Colorado. Treatment services are provided for substance abuse, family, mental health and offense specific treatment needs. Programming is grounded in the principles of Restorative Community Justice (RCJ).

In collaboration with regional Client Managers, Lookout Mountain utilizes a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach. The MDT process provides a structured setting for the development of individualized treatment plans, treatment plan review, and case related decision-making. MDT members include the youth, the family, natural community supports, the Client Manager, representatives from various youth center disciplines including clinical, education, line staff and medical providers when appropriate. The youth’s case plan and their individual treatment plan guide them throughout their placement at LMYSC by identifying goals, objectives, and target interventions.

Youth Served

  • Youth requiring secure care who are committed through the court system to the custody of CDHS
  • Youth may be referred from any region of the state and subsequently receive services at LMYSC
  • Male population