Housing Areas

Living Environments

Each youth has a private room. There is a small common area in each pod for quiet activities, use of the phone or shower. Between every two pods is a larger multi-purpose area designed for more active indoor activities such as ping pong or foosball. Classification into these housing units encompasses several factors including gender, size, and behavior issues.


Communication options with professionals, family and friends include mail, telephone, and visits.

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Youth may mail items twice a week and receive mail five days a week. Postage is provided for all professional correspondence and for two personal letters weekly. Youth are allowed to have a book of stamps to write additional letters.


Youth may only receive incoming calls from professionals. All personal calls are outgoing. Those who want to receive calls from youth living in this unit may call 888-729-4326 to set up an account. Daily, each youth get a free outgoing call to their legal guardian.


Visitation times are determined by the housing unit. All visitors must be approved prior to visitation. Professionals may visit between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m, except between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Additional visitation information is available in the Visitor Information Pamphlet in our front lobby or on the Visitation Schedule and Rules page.


Youth Services Center staff transport youth to court. These transportations include:

  • Lancaster County court appearances: District, County, and the Separate Juvenile Court
  • Medical, dental, and mental health appointments that are deemed medically necessary by medical staff
  • Supervision of hospitalized youth

Contracted youth held at the Center may be charged for these services. For information regarding transportation contact the Records Manager at 402-441-6598.