Summit Youth Services Center

2901 Ford St.
Golden, CO 80401

Summit Youth Services Center (SYSC), located in Golden Colorado, is an intensive secure treatment program for 36 males committed by the District Court to the Division of Youth Services (DYS). Summit YSC serves youth from across the state and  is designed to meet the needs of Colorado’s highest risk youth.  
SYSC offers comprehensive services to committed youth and their families. Using the DYS Treatment Model along with cognitive behavioral and social learning models, Summit’s programming provides an environment where therapeutic and strength-based relationships develop. Programming within the center is highly structured to allow youth to develop and practice skills learned in individual and group sessions with their assigned Behavioral Health Specialist. Youth progress through a phase system designed to track their growth through the elements of their personalized treatment plan. Services consist of academic, career technology, recreation, medical, and dental for every individual at SYSC. Treatment services are provided for substance abuse, family dynamics, mental health, and offense specific treatment needs.
SYSC utilizes Restorative Community Justice (RCJ) and is committed to creating a community that understands The Seven Sanctuary Commitments.  The 7 commitments that are practiced include: Nonviolence, Emotional Intelligence, Social Learning, Communication, Democracy, Social Responsibility, Growth and Change. Restorative Community Justice (RCJ) principles are grounded in all areas of trauma responsive treatment at Summit.  Youth are both encouraged to develop individualized RCJ projects and participate in long standing RCJ activities in partnerships within the Golden community.
In collaboration with regional client managers, Summit Youth Services Center utilizes a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach. The MDT process provides a deliberate and caring 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 support, the client manager, and representatives from various youth center disciplines including clinical, education, direct-care staff, and medical providers when appropriate. The youth’s case plan and their individual treatment plan guide them throughout their placement at SYSC 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 APYSC, GPYSC, or SYSC. 
  • Male population

The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman - Phone Number: 720-625-8640 - The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman is required by the Legislature to serve as an independent state agency that investigates complaints and grievances about child protection services, seek and recommend system impro