Excelsior Youth Center Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Excelsior Youth Center

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aurora coloradoThe Basics

Excelsior Youth Center is nestled on a 33-acre campus overlooking the Rocky Mountains in Aurora, Colorado. Through inpatient, outpatient and community based programs, EYC caters to the unique needs of young women in recovery. Programming is gender specific and highly structured to provide safe and effective support. Girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who are struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse disorders and co-occurring disorders are all welcome. 

Accommodations and Food

Young girls at EYC are housed in one of two cottages located on campus. Each cottage holds up to 12 girls at a time in dormitory-style bedrooms with twin beds, dressers and desks. Each cottage has its own common living area, dining room and fully equipped kitchen. There are also sports fields, a gym and nature trails for residents to enjoy during down time. Clients typically engage in daily recreational activities throughout the week. Free time is extended on the weekends.

Dining is a communal affair with all meals except lunch served family-style at one large dinner table. Residents are served lunch in the cafeteria during the school week. The kitchen and cafeteria staff can accommodate any dietary restrictions. Meals are served hot and include comfort food options like pizza, pasta, salads and soups.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment at EYC begins with an assessment to properly determine each client’s needs. After this, each resident is placed in either the 21-day short-term program or the standard 90-day inpatient track. Both programs consist of educational services along with group, individual and family therapy sessions. Psychiatric medication management is available to those in need of support for co-occurring disorders.

An average day at EYC begins with breakfast and continues with school from 9 am to 4 pm. During school hours, clients engage in core subjects like Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science, along with electives including Physical Education, Art, Women’s Studies and Leadership Studies. After school, girls take part in a variety of life skills groups covering topics like vocational goals, trauma, self-esteem, substance abuse education, relapse prevention, stress management and money management.

Aside from group therapy, residents are offered individual and family therapy sessions. Those in the short-term program are offered daily individual therapy sessions and family therapy three times a week. Girls in the 90-day program are offered one individual and one family therapy session a week. All sessions use evidence-based treatment modalities like CBT and DBT. Alternative therapies like Animal Assisted therapy and EMDR are also offered in efforts to deal with trauma.

There is also an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) available for those interested in continuing treatment after returning home following graduation. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm during which clients engage in individual and group therapy sessions. Group topics are similar to those discussed in the inpatient program. Family therapy is also implemented as part of treatment though it is scheduled only as needed. Length of treatment in IOP varies based on the needs of each client.

Staff members at EYC include LADCs, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and special education teachers.

Extras

Excelsior Youth Center also offers community based services that are facilitated in each family’s home. Treatment includes individual and family counseling along with psychiatric services and career counseling when needed.

In Summary

At Excelsior Youth Center, young women participate in treatment that includes evidence-based modalities during individual, group and family therapy. Regardless of the setting, each client is offered supportive recovery aimed to promote healthy life choices. With a credentialed staff and communal atmosphere, young women develop a peer support network to lean on in the early stages of recovery. 

Excelsior Youth Center
15001 East Oxford Ave
Aurora, CO 80014

Excelsior Youth Center Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Excelsior Youth Center by phone at (303) 693-1550. Find Excelsior Youth Center on Facebook and Twitter

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  1. It’s unfortunate that the program didn’t work for the girls now women in the previouse post. As for me my experience at Excelsior was nothing like theirs. At the time I was there honestly I hated it but I didn’t realize till I’d graduated high school while there as well as the program (1989-1992) how much I’d actually benefited from Excelsior. Yes there were girls more troublef than others, yes there were consequences like being locked in a room with 360 bricks (I counted) with only a thin mattress on concrette slab in the room, and we weren’t allowed to sleep during the day only thing we could do was sit and think about our actions that got us there. Often times punishment consisted of 24hrs or more inside these rooms. These were known as the QR…..quiet room Unit. And girls who became violent were restrained physically by 3 or staff however many it took to control the girl. I myself exsperiened this on a few occasions. But if you work with the program instead of fighting it I can promise you the program will work for you. There are phases you advance through as you gradually progress. The cottages as each unit has it’s own name I was first in Depoze Unit as I was a run risk upon arriving then a few months in I was moved to Reniassance Unit with less security and more privlages. From there I had many struggles but eventually I settled into a routine and learned to open up about my troubled and painful life that lead up to my being sentenced by juvenile judge. The abuse I lived through the pain I’d endured since I can remember all came to surface yet with the support of the counselors and staff members even the friends I’d made there I was able to talk about it and learn to cope with my feelings and my life. So with that said I knew it was going to be a struggle going in and I hated my life, mysekf, my parents and adults and all authority but in the end I was and still am grateful for Excelsior Youth Center and all the Counselors and staff members and teachers for putting up with my shit and still loving me and believing in me every step of the way.

  2. ALL LIES TRY 45 GIRLS TO A UNIT NOT 12 THEY LOOK LIKE MID CENTURY MENTAL HOSPITAL ROOMS I WAS HERE IN 1986-1989 AND STAFF STEALS FROM YOU AND IF YOU SAY ANYTHING 24 HOURS LOCK UP FOR YOU MY EARRINGS WERE GONE AND THE WITCH HAD THE NERVE TO WEAR THEM TO WORK CLAIMING THEY WERE HERS AND THERE WAS NOTHING I CAN DO PLUS BECAUSE I SAID SOMETHING I WAS LOCKED UP 24 HOURS STRAIGHT IN A DIRTY ROOM WITH NO MATTRESS AND BTW MY MOM HAD THE EARRINGS CUSTOM MADE FOR ME AND MY BEST FRIENDS 6TH GRADE GRADUATION THAT INCLUDED OUR BIRTHSTONES TO MAKE THEM MORE PERSONAL ON TOP OF THE DESIGN SO HOW WOULD SHE HAVE THE SAME PAIR??? … SHE WOULDN’T THAT’S HOW UGH!!! DO NOT SEND YOUR GIRLS HERE IT REALLY MESSED ME UP WORSE THAN I WAS I’M 43 NOW AND STILL HAVE A REOCCURRING NIGHTMARE WHERE I WAKE UP AND I’M THERE IT IS TERRIFYING EVERY TIME I HAVE IT AND IT’S BEEN HAPPENING SINCE 1989 I ALWAYS WAKE UP AND I’M CRYING I LITERALLY HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES BECAUSE I’M LOCKED UP THERE IN MY OLD ROOM AND IT’S DARK AND SO SAD THE FEELING IS JUST DESPAIR! DON’T DO THIS TO YOUR GIRLS IT RUINED MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY MOM I NEVER TRUSTED HER AGAIN AND WAS HURT SHE ACTUALLY PUT ME IN THIS PRISON THAT IS WHAT IT IS IT’S HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS NOTHING AND PUT ME DOWN EVERY CHANCE THEY HAD BECAUSE THEY SAID I WAS CONCEDED OR I THOUGHT TOO MUCH OF MYSELF … HOW DOES ONE DO THAT AND WHY WOULD THEY WANT ME TO FEEL LIKE LESS OF ANYTHING. MY FRIEND JUNE PENA HUNG HERSELF WHEN I WAS THERE I’LL NEVER FORGET THE LOOK ON HER FACE HANGING IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM “EVER”!!BY THE WAY JUNE WAS 14 AND THAT’S AS FAR AS HER LIFE WENT I HATE THIS PLACE AND EVERYONE WHO WORKS HERE OLD HAGS JUST UNDER PAID PISSED OFF JEALOUS EVIL WITCHES THEN THEY HAVE A WEBSITE CALLED “WORKING AT EXCELSIOR YOUTH CENTER” COMPLAINING ABOUT THE GIRLS AND HOW THEY LAUGH AT THEM WITH ONE ANOTHER “HOW PROFESSIONAL”!!! AND SAYING THAT THEY ARE HORRIBLE , DIRTY (HYGIENE WISE NOT TRUE) ALSO SOME CLAIMING THE GIRLS ARE TOO MUCH TROUBLE AND NOT WORTH IT AND THEY’RE TOO HARD TO DEAL WITH. WELL THEY KNEW WHERE THEY WERE APPLYING WHAT DID THEY EXPECT SWEET VALLEY HIGH? AND IF THAT’S HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THE GIRLS WHY WORK THERE TO BEGIN WITH? TO TAKE IT OUT ON THE GIRLS THAT THEIR LIFE DIDN’T TURN OUT AS THEY HOPED I MEAN IF THEY FEEL LIKE THEY WERE TOO GOOD FOR THE JOB THEY SHOULD HAVE GOT A BETTER EDUCATION OR MARRIED A DOCTOR LIKE I DID I GUESS THEY’RE THE ONES WHO REALLY NEEDED THE HELP … BUMS!

    • I was at EYC too from 11- 16 and it was hell. I was abused there and did not progress in my treatment. A girl committed suicide two weeks before I came in to the program. The staff were abusive and rude. And I was drugged up on 8 diffrent medications. I will never wish another child to go there. Ever.

      • Crissette Rodriguez on

        Same here. I was there in 06-07. Staff were allowed to hit you anywhere from the neck down. It did straighten me out for the better though. i knew this isn’t what i wanted to keep going through.

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