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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 - Oak Creek 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 your youth's case coordinator.​

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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 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 clinic only provides 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 Oak Creek 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
Oak Creek provides 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.

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 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 their case coordinator or living unit manager and they can help you.

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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:
  • African American
  • Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic and Latinx​​
  • LGBTQ+
  • Native American
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:
Samantha Batista
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Oak Creek 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 often come into Oak Creek to volunteer or offer programs for our youth. Programs include:
  • Recreation and sports
  • Writing, photography, and other arts
  • Cultural events
  • Activities that give back to the community