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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 youth centers 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 youth centers are multi-purpose, serving detained and committed youth. These three youth centers include the Platte Valley, Grand Mesa, and the Mount View Youth Services Center.
Two of the DYS secure youth centers, 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 youth centers that, in addition to acting as juvenile detention centers, provide longer term treatment to committed youth.
Colorado contracts with a private provider to operate a State owned youth center, the Ridge View Youth Services Center. Ridge View is a 500 bed open campus designed to operate with an academic/vocational focus.
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.