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Summit Youth Services Center

2901 Ford St.
Golden, CO 80401

(303) 273-2600

Summit Youth Services Center (SYSC), located in Golden, is an intensive secure treatment program for 30 males committed by the District Court to the Division of Youth Services (DYS). Summit YSC serves youth from across the state and is designed to meet the needs of Colorado's highest-risk youth.

SYSC offers comprehensive services to committed youth and their families. Using the DYS Treatment Model along with cognitive behavioral and social learning models, Summit's programming provides an environment where therapeutic and strength-based relationships develop. Programming within the center is highly structured to allow youth to develop and practice skills learned in individual and group sessions with their assigned Behavioral Health Specialist. Youth progress through a phase system designed to track their growth through the elements of their personalized treatment plan. Services consist of academic, career technology, recreation, medical, and dental for every individual at SYSC. Treatment services are provided for substance abuse, family dynamics, mental health, and offense-specific treatment needs.

SYSC utilizes Restorative Community Justice (RCJ) and is committed to creating a community that understands The Seven Sanctuary Commitments. The 7 commitments that are practiced include Nonviolence, Emotional Intelligence, Social Learning, Communication, Democracy, Social Responsibility, Growth and Change. Restorative Community Justice (RCJ) principles are grounded in all areas of trauma-responsive treatment at Summit. Youth are both encouraged to develop individualized RCJ projects and participate in long-standing RCJ activities in partnerships within the Golden community.

In collaboration with regional client managers, Summit Youth Services Center utilizes a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach. The MDT process provides a deliberate and caring setting for the development of individualized treatment plans, treatment plan review, and case-related decision-making. MDT members include the youth, the family, natural community support, the client manager, and representatives from various youth center disciplines including clinical, education, direct-care staff, and medical providers when appropriate. The youth's case plan and their individual treatment plan guide them throughout their placement at SYSC by identifying goals, objectives, and target interventions.

Youth Served

  • Youth requiring secure care who are committed through the court system to the custody of CDHS
  • Youth may be referred from any region of the state and subsequently receive services at APYSC, GPYSC, or SYSC.
  • Male population
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 Summit Control Center at 303.273.2787.

Contact & Directions


Summit Youth Services Center

SYSC Control (303) 273-2787  
Chad Dilworth, Director (303) 273-2787
Kelley Williams, Assistant Director (303) 273-2716
Ty Scheibeler, Clinical Director
Julie Porter, Principal, Teens Inc. (303) 273-2759
Felicia Castagnaro, Registrar, Teens Inc. (303) 273-2645
Lisa Arellano, Office Manager, Teens Inc. (303) 273-2636
Vacant, Program Assistant (303) 273-2604  
Vacant, Administrative Assistant (303) 273-2605  
Main Control - Campus at Lookout Mountain (303) 273-2600

For Bus Route information please visit:

2901 Ford St.
Golden, CO80401


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.