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The Division of Youth Services (DYS) is responsible for State operated detention and for privately contracted staff-secure detention. Five State owned and operated facilities serve only detention youth; the Gilliam Youth Services Center in Denver, the Adams Youth Services Center in Brighton, the Pueblo Youth Services Center in Pueblo, the Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs and the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center in Englewood. Three secure State operated facilities are multi-purpose, serving detained and committed youth. These three facilities include the Platte Valley, Grand Mesa and the Mount View Youth Services Center.
Two of the DYS secure facilities, Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center and Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center, serve committed youth exclusively. These programs are designed to treat the highest risk, highest need committed males. The Division also operates four multi-purpose facilities that, in addition to acting as juvenile detention facilities, provide longer term treatment to committed youth.
Colorado contracts with private providers to operate three State owned facilities, the Ridge View Youth Services Center, the Betty K. Marler Youth Services Center and the Robert E. Denier Youth Services Center. Ridge View is a 500 bed open campus designed to operate with an academic/vocational focus. The Betty Marler program is a 40 bed program for the Division’s highest risk and highest need girls. Robert E. Denier is a multi-purpose facility located in Durango. The program provides detention and treatment for committed boys and girls.
DYS contracts with a variety of private providers for community programs that range from staff-secure treatment programs to foster homes licensed through the state. Placement alternatives include RCCF (Residential Child Care Facilities), group homes and foster homes. The programs act both as initial treatment programs and as community transition placements for youth moving from more secure settings. In addition, these programs may also focus on specific populations or the provision of specific services, such as treating youth with high mental health needs, or youth transitioning to independent living.