Spring Creek Youth Services Center

3190 E. Las Vegas

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 390-2710

June 2020 Update: Please access the Stakeholder Guide for more information regarding the youth center transfer between Spring Creek Youth Services Center and Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center.

Spring Creek Youth Services Center (SCYSC) is a 60-bed secure treatment youth center for male and female juvenile offenders committed to the Division of Youth Services (DYS). Spring Creek serves youth from 12-20 years of age who have high-risk needs and have committed various crimes to include violent offenses, property crimes and/or sexual offenses.

Providing a safe and secure environment through clear directions, appropriate consequences and frequent rewards is a priority. The youth receiving services at SCYSC present with complex needs, many are in need of family interventions, substance abuse treatment, parenting classes, vocational/life skills building, positive replacement activities and self esteem building.

The staff at SCYSC committed to serving this complex population consist of administrators and their support staff, behavioral health and medical service professionals. The youth center also employs direct care staff that work with the youth on a daily basis, this includes residential, security and school personnel.

SCYSC offers an on-site education program that includes classroom instruction, GED preparation, business management, vocational programs and transition activities. Post secondary education programs are an option for eligible students. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled quarterly to ensure the academic success of the youth. Award ceremonies are held quarterly and graduation services occur twice per year.

SCYSC provides structured, consistent treatment services in a safe environment. An individual treatment plan is developed for each youth within 30 days of arrival to the center. Spring Creek's registered medical team triages any medical treatment required on a daily basis. The youth center psychologist visits the youth center weekly and on an emergent basis when indicated. Other interventions include treatment groups focused on misuse of power, cognitive behavioral care core curriculum, counseling overseen by licensed mental health professionals, sex offense specific treatment by a Sex Offender Management Board approved provider and substance abuse treatment from a certified addictions counselor.

Transition is an essential part of each youth's preparation to successfully return to the community. SCYSC focuses on a gradual return to the community and strives to introduce the youth to a variety of pro-social activities including social gatherings, community support groups, partnerships with local businesses and step down programs to help youth safely return home or emancipate.

Youth Served

Spring Creek Youth Services Center serves male and female youth from 12-20years of age.

Family Information
Youth Handbook, Voting Rights & State Testing

Visitation is an avenue to build and maintain healthy family and community relationships. Families of youth in the care of DYS are encouraged to visit. Due to limited space availability all visits require a scheduled appointment. You can request visitation by contacting the Spring Creek YSC Intake area at 719.390.2710.

Contact & Directions


Joe Kurtz, Director (719) 390-2783 Joseph.Kurtz@state.co.us
Adrienne Carter, Assistant Director (719) 390-2796 Adrienne.Carter@state.co.us
Ron Uhrick, Assistant Director (719) 390-2753 Ronald.Uhrick@state.co.us
Dr. Bobbie Warren, Clinical Director (719) 390-2731 bobbie.warren@state.co.us
Taralyn Clark, Clinical Director (719) 390-2715 taralyn.clark@state.co.us
Jeff Comfort, Principal (719) 390-2765 jeffrey.comfort@state.co.us
Angela Pope, School Secretary/Program Assistant (719) 390-2766 angela.pope@state.co.us
Jeremy Boyce, Harrison School Dist. 2 Secretary (719) 390-2766 Jeremy.Boyce@state.co.us
Max Boelter, Training Coordinator (719) 390-2723 Max.Boelter@state.co.us
Lonnel Pennington, Facility Supervisor (719) 390-2767 Lonnel.Pennington@state.co.us
Margaret Aranda, Program Assistant (719) 390-2781 Margaret.Aranda@state.co.us
Jarred Ahrend, Administrative Assistant (719) 390-2754 Jarred.Ahrend@state.co.us
Control (719) 390-2710  
Video Conference Room (719) 390-2784  
Fax (719) 390-2792  


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3190 E. Las Vegas
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman - Phone Number: 720-625-8640, 1-866-276-8646 (toll-free number) - The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman helps youth and families address concerns about youth experiences and treatment while living in the Division of Youth Services (DYS) youth centers. The CPO is an independent state agency that investigates complaints and grievances about the Division of Youth Services and provides free and confidential assistance to anyone who calls.