Spring Creek Youth Services Center

3190 East Las Vegas St.
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 that took place June 2020.

SCYSC is a 48-bed secure treatment facility and assessment center for both 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. 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.

Spring Creek Youth Services Center 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 at the center. Spring Creek’s registered nurse triages medical treatment on a daily basis. The youth center psychologist visits 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 SOMB (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 the child safely return home or emancipate.

Youth Served

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

Family Information
Youth Handbook, Educational Testing & Voting Rights

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 the youth center. All visits require a scheduled appointment. You can request visitation by contacting the Spring Creek Youth Services Center Control Center at 719.390-2710.

Contact & Directions


Joe Kurtz, Director(719) 390-2783joseph.kurtz@state.co.us
Adrienne Carter, Assistant Director(719) 390-2796adrienne.carter@state.co.us
Ron Uhrick, Assistant Director(719) 390-2753ronald.uhrick@state.co.us
Taralyn Clark, Clinical Director(719) 390-2715taralyn.clark@state.co.us
Lonnel Pennington, Training Coordinator(719) 390-2723lonnel.pennington@state.co.us
Margaret Aranda, Program Assistant(719) 390-2781margaret.aranda@state.co.us
Edward Duncan, Administrative Assistant(719) 390-2754edward.duncan@state.co.us
Shonie Gonzalez, Principal(719) 390-2765Shonie.Gonzalez@state.co.us
Demetri Tillman, School Secretary/Program Assistant(719) 390-2766demetri.tillman@state.co.us
Control(719) 390-2710 
Video Conference Room(719) 390-2784 
Fax(719) 390-2792 


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3190 East Las Vegas St.
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.