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Services for Youth

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
  • 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 your youth's case coordinator.

exam room in the clinic

​​While your child is with Oregon Youth Authority, we provide them with the treatment, medical care, and mental health care they need.

Eastern has a clinic with nurses, a nurse practitioner, qualified mental health professionals, and access to psychiatric nurses and a dentist. We also have contracts with health care providers in the community for services we are unable to provide in our clinic.

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 MacLaren 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 services 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 Eastern'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 information, please contact their living unit manager and they can help you.
​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). 

We provide services to meet the needs of many groups, including:
  • Native American
  • Latino
  • African American
  • Asian and Pacific Islander
  • LGBTQ+
OYA also provides a free tattoo removal program for any youth wishing to get rid of gang-related, sex trafficking-related, or other anti-social tattoos.

To learn more about our cultural services, contact:
Mari Gonzalez
503-378-4667
youth on bike with dog
​Eastern offers multiple enrichment programs 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. 

Community members frequently come into Eastern to volunteer or offer programs for our youth. Programs include:
  • Recreation and sports, including several all-facility sports tournaments each year
  • Training shelter dogs for placement in the community
  • Writing, photography, and other arts
  • Cultural events
  • Activities that give back to the community

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