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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 the camp counselor.
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While your child is with OYA, we provide them with the treatment, medical care, and mental health care they need. Riverbend has a clinic with a nurse. We also have contracts with health care providers in the community for services we do not provide. While physicians are often able to come to the facility, dental services are provided off site.

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.
Private health insurance: If you already have private health insurance for your youth, you should keep it, and let Riverbend 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 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 camp counselor.

We provide Riverbend youth with regular healthy meals and recreation programs, including sports and other physical activities. In addition to Riverbend’s on-site weight room and half-court gymnasium, youth have access to a membership at Anytime Fitness in the community and can participate in open gym hours at Eastern Oregon University.

Riverbend Contact
Linda Cleveland, registered nurse
541-663-8801 ext. 247
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+

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

​Ann Butte

Riverbend Contact:
Troy Williams, Camp Director
541-663-8801 ext. 224

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(Photos taken by youth in the photography class)

​Riverbend finds transitional skill-building ​opportunities for youth to learn about healthy engagement in the community.

To achieve this healthy transition, Riverbend offers programs in the facility, such as:
  • Culinary classes
  • Health and fitness training
  • Financial planning courses
  • Photography class

Riverbend also allows youth to go into the community to volunteer, participate in recreational activities, and visit with family.

Volunteer opportunities include:
Snow removal
Firewood cutting and delivery
Tree planting
Participation in community events

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Recreational activities include:
Open gym at Eastern Oregon University
Local college events and sporting activities
Shopping or dining out
Library visits​

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