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 male juvenile offenders. SYSC provides for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the CDHS Division of Youth Services (DYS).  Summit is designed to meet the needs of DYS’s highest risk youth and accepts referrals from all four of the Division’s management regions.

SYSC offers comprehensive services to committed youth and their families. Using cognitive behavioral and social learning modalities, Summit’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, Summit Youth Services Center 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 support, 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 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