Platte Valley Youth Services Center

2200 O St.
Greeley, CO 80631

Platte Valley Youth Services Center (PVYSC) is a 119-bed co-ed secure, multipurpose facility operated by the CDHS Division of Youth Services (DYS). PVYSC provides detention and secure custody treatment services. The facility is located in the Northeast Region of the state and services clients from five Colorado judicial districts: the 8th, 13th, 17th, 19th and 20th Judicial Districts. The above Judicial Districts encompass 12 counties: Larimer, Jackson, Boulder, Weld, Adams, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, and Kit Carson.

The local school district, Weld County District 6, provides licensed teaching staff for the facility’s comprehensive school. Youth can generate the credits necessary to receive a diploma, or receive a GED while at PVYSC. Some post secondary offerings through AIMS Community College are available if they can be subsidized.

PVYSC provides secure detention holding for youth from ages 10 through age 17. Judicial districts rely on detention to assure a safe return to court for youth who are assessed as being likely to flee or are a danger to the community.

Platte Valley is a secure custody location for long-term sentenced/committed youth to DYS. The facility has counselors, clinical staff and a licensed psychologist. PVYSC provides a wide variety of treatment services grounded in evidenced-based principles and cognitive behavioral interventions including relationship-based and strengths-based services. Services are provided in the areas of individual, family and group therapy, substance abuse treatment, psychological evaluation, medication management, case management, individualized education, restorative justice, life skills education, transitional services, and gender specific (female) programming. The facility also provides services for youth committed on a sexual offense. Committed youth are provided the opportunity to participate in a food service vocational program in accordance with their needs and interests. The program is both accredited and certificated.

All youths are given the opportunity to attend weekly religious services and we will make arrangements as necessary for independent services. Youth are all granted one hour of recreation daily and are provided nutritional meals and snacks that correspond to the daily caloric intake required by the Federal school lunch program.

There are four levels in the behavioral management program. These are Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior levels. With positive behavior, youth may gain expanded privileges. Privileges are typically tied to bedtime, allowable items in the youth’s room, number of phone calls home or number of visits to enumerate a few.

The agency has an excellent audit record, being audited annually with some 700 standards, with many Outstanding Practices awarded over time.

Youth Served

PVYSC is secure detention holding for male and female youth from ages 10 through 17. Detention services include assuring a safe return to court for youth who have a likelihood of flight issue or are a danger to the community.

PVYSC is a secure custody location for long term male and female sentenced youth to DYS. These youths are between the ages of 12 through 20.