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Services for Youth

Youth at YWTP learn and practice skills to help them live as independent adults. However, YWTP is not an independent living program.

YWTP focuses on:

  • continued treatment, including treatment for substance use;
  • social skill-building;
  • education and vocational training; 
  • exposure to the community through work, service projects, treatment groups, school, and healthy activities; and
  • other skills for transitioning back to the community, including how to rent housing, and how to make and keep a budget.

A nurse measuring the blood pressure of a youth

While your child is with Oregon Youth Authority, we will make sure their needs are met. This includes medical care, dental care, and mental health care.

Oak Creek, located next to YWTP, has a clinic with nurses, a doctor, psychiatrists, psychologists, and access to a dentist. We also have contracts with health care providers in the community for services we are unable to provide inside Oak Creek.

Our facility only provides medical services that are medically necessary.

Payment for medical services: OYA pays for all necessary medical services for all youth in our correctional facilities. Youth are not eligible to receive Oregon Health Plan benefits while they are in OYA facilities. Learn more about paying for medical services

Private health insurance: If you already have private health insurance for your youth, you should keep it, and let YWTP know about it. If your youth needs emergency or specialty care somewhere outside of our facilities, your insurance could help pay for this. It also could get you a deduction on our child support payments.    

Receiving medical information about your child:

OYA health service follows HIPAA privacy guidelines . We are not allowed to release medical information about youth in our custody without a signed release.

  • Youth who are 14 and younger must have a release of information signed by Oak Creek's superintendent.
  • Youth who are 15 and older must sign a release of information form before we can share their medical information.

If you have questions or want updates about your youth's medical care, please contact the camp counselor and they can help you get the information.

Two young women, shown from behind, watching a performance from a Mexican dance group

​​To successfully fulfill OYA’s mission, we must ensure that we effectively meet the needs of all youth and communities, especially those who are marginalized.

OYA works to provide culturally appropriate services at all our facilities, both for youth who identify as part of marginalized groups, and for all our youth to learn to understand and respect other cultures.

Many, but not all, of these services are led by our Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR). YWTP youth also have the opportunity to attend cultural events in the community at local colleges.

We provide services to meet the needs of many groups, including:

  • Native American
  • Latino
  • African American
  • Asian and Pacific Islander
  • LGBTQ+

We also provide a free tattoo removal program for any OYA youth wishing to get rid of gang-related, sex trafficking-related, or other anti-social tattoos.

To learn more about our cultural services, contact:

Ann Butte

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​YWTP offers multiple enrichment programs — both on campus and out in the community — ​to help youth stay healthy, learn how to interact positively with others, and build skills that will help them when they return to the community.

Programs include:

  • Recreation and sports
  • Writing, photography, and other arts
  • Cultural events
  • Activities that give back to the community​
Not all treatment programs are offered at every OYA facility. However, all facilities do offer an array of treatment to address developmental needs and risks related to criminal behavior.

Each youth’s treatment team selects the most appropriate combination of treatment programs based on the youth’s needs and personal characteristics.​

Elements of treatment for OYA youth include:
  • Addressing needs that are likely to lead to criminal behavior
  • Engaging families​
  • Addressing mental health or trauma
  • Addressing substance use - YWTP is ​a certified substance use treatment site​
  • Teaching life and social skills​
  • Providing education and vocational training
  • Providing medical services
Learn more on the Treatment for OYA Youth page​, or by contacting the camp counselor.​

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