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OYA Facility Services
About OYA Facilities
The Oregon Youth Authority’s facility system provides both secure and transitional environments that ensure public safety and provide accountability and reformation opportunities to youth who represent an unacceptable risk in the community.
The OYA facility system includes ten facilities located in communities across Oregon.  The facilities provide the highest level of security and range in size and function and provide a continuum of evidence based services established to prepare youth for return to the community with a lower risk to re-offend.  Youth generally live in units of 25 youth, with many of the reformation and treatment activities conducted in these units. 
OYA facilities are sited across the state. 

Population Served
The population served in OYA facilities is between the ages of 12 and 18 who have been committed to the OYA by county juvenile courts.  Juvenile court committed youth offenders may remain in OYA’s custody up to age 25.  Population served also includes offenders committed to Department of Corrections, due to their age (15-17), are placed in the physical custody of OYA. 

Reformation Services
Reformation services focus on reducing criminogenic risk factors and building positive, pro-social skills.  These concepts are implemented in OYA facilities through a multi-disciplinary team approach that utilizes appropriate assessment measures to identify areas of risk and needs.  These areas are then addressed through the implementation of an individualized case plan for each youth.  Parents are encouraged to participate in case planning by attending multi-disciplinary meetings and family visitation.
All OYA facilities provide reformation services designed to reduce future criminal and anti-social thought and behavior through a variety of treatment services.  OYA continues to emphasize evidence-based treatment approaches.  These approaches are based primarily on Cognitive Behavioral and Social Learning models.  OYA places a high value on providing services that are culturally competent and gender-specific to provide offenders the best opportunity for positive change.  Education and vocational programs are provided in all facilities by a local school district or education service district through contract with the Oregon Department of Education.  OYA facilities offer a full range of supportive services for youth.  These include mental health interventions and counseling, treatment for victims of abuse, physical and dental health care, religious/spiritual services, recreational programs and work experience.

Treatment Services

Youth Work Programs
OYA provides several work experience opportunities for eligible youth in OYA custody.  Youth receive occupational safety training, vocational training, and hands on work experience in jobs that will lead to employment in the community upon release.   Work experiences include supervised work crews, assistants in various trades under the close supervision of skilled trade people, and specialized vocational programs aligned with emerging businesses and technologies. 
In addition to learning specific vocational skills, youth also learn the responsibilities of being prepared, productive and engaged in the job they are assigned.
Part of the Youth Work Program Safety and Training (YWPST) vocational tracking is also the training and tracking of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) curriculum provided by staff involved in Vocational and Educational Services for Older Youth (VESOY).

Youth-Made Products
OYA youth make a wide variety of products while participating in vocational education and workskills programs to gain experience in a trade or business practice.  By-products of these skill building programs are available to the public to purchase.

Facility Development
Performance-based Standards (PbS)
Since 1998, all of OYA's youth correctional facilities have participated in the Performance-based Standards (PbS) project.  This project is designed to improve the conditions of confinement and quality of programming through measurement of specific standards in the areas of safety, security, order, health/mental health, programming, justice, and reintegration.
Oregon was the first state to include all of its youth correctional facilities in the PbS project, and has since added its transition program to PbS. 
The project is sponsored by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJDDP) and administered by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA).

OYA recognizes the importance of interaction between offenders in its custody with family and members of the community. Such access allows offenders to maintain contact with their families and community, and contributes to effective planning for an offender's treatment needs.

FAQs & Policies
Facts and Common Questions asked by Families of Youth Committed to OYA Custody

Facility-Related Policies

Forecast Population Growth
The Department of Administrative Services, Office of Economic Analysis, has issued a semi-annual forecast of OYA close custody population since 1998 (Executive Orders 98-06 and 04-02).  Each biennium the OYA Agency Request budget includes funding to meet the capacity required by the forecast.
For more information on OYA's Close Custody Forecast, go to the Office of Economic Analysis webpage.

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