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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
  • Impact of crime on the victim and the community
  • Culturally responsive services
  • Engaging families​
  • Addressing mental health or trauma
  • Addressing substance use
  • Addressing anger and aggression
  • Teaching life and social skills​
  • Providing education and vocational training
  • Providing medical services
  • Power Source (for youth with the most serious crimes)
Learn more on the Treatment for OYA Youth page​, or by contacting your youth's case coordinator.

exam room in the clinic

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

Eastern Youth Correctional Facility has a medical clinic with nurses, as well as contracted doctors who provide services to youth.

Mental health services are provided on site. We also have contracts with health care providers in the community for services that are medically necessary that we cannot provide in our clinic. Our facilities only provide medical services that are medically necessary. Youth also receive regular health education information.

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 the facility know about it. If your youth needs emergency or specialty care somewhere outside of our facilities, your insurance could help pay for this. 

Nutrition and Fitness
Our youth correctional facilities and transition facilities provide youth with regular healthy meals and recreation programs, including sports and other physical activities. We do not allow our youth to have food provided by their families.
Getting Medical Information About Your Youth
OYA health services follows HIPAA privacy guidelines​. We are not allowed to release medical information about youth in our custody without a signed release. More information is available on our Medical Records page.
  • ​Youth who are 14 and younger must have a release of information signed by their facility's superintendent or director.
  • Youth who are 15 and older must sign a release of information form before we can share their medical information.
​If your youth is in an OYA facility and you want updates about their medical care, please contact their case coordinator, living unit manager, or camp counselor. They can help you get the information you need.

​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.

Eastern works to provide culturally appropriate services at our facility, 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). 

Eastern provides culturally responsive services for many groups, including:
  • African American
  • Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic and Latino/x
  • LGBTQ+
  • Native American
  • Immigrant and non-citizen youth and families
Eastern also has family-friendly events to support family engagement, and has educational groups for Hispanic and Latino/x, African American, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, and other identified cultural supports that would benefit youth.

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. This program is 100% voluntary and is done at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.

To learn more about our cultural services at Eastern, contact:
​Angelo Worley
Multicultural Youth Services Coordinator

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