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Youth Services


Mailing Address 1177 Red Mile Place
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone (859) 246-4370
Fax Fax (859) 231-1213

Director:  Stephanie Hong


The Division of Youth Services provides specialized casework services to families who are experiencing disruptions and strives to improve home, school, and community life. Services offered are designed to strengthen family life, prevent family breakdown, and facilitate the development and social functioning of young people.

Families who are residents of Fayette County with children under 18 years of age are eligible for services. The family may request services or they may be ordered by the court. Families who request services must be willing to participate during all phases of service delivery. There are no fees for services provided.

DYS Annual Report FY 2015 

Lexington Day Treatment Center
1177 Red Mile Place
(859) 246-4370 or (859) 246-4371
Fax: (859) 231-1213

Lexington Day Treatment Center is a treatment center and non-traditional school all in one.  Our mission is to provide our clients with the behavior, academic, and social skills needed to successfully transition back to their home schools and graduate, while remaining in the community and without additional court involvement.  In order to qualify for participation, youth must be between the ages of 12-17 and residents of Fayette County.  In addition, they are required to be court-ordered to Lexington Day Treatment Center, committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice or committed to the Department of Community Based Services.

 Day Treatment Center

Lexington Day Treatment Center is a collaborative program between LFUCG, Fayette County Public Schools, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. We provide individual and group counseling, an academic program with credit recovery opportunities, on-going team meetings with parents and collaborative partners, and transition/follow-up services. 

A completed application along with a copy of the court order or commitment must be submitted before youth are interviewed and assessed to begin the program.  For more information, please call (859) 246-4370.

Link to Lexington Day Treatment Center Application

1155 Red Mile Place
(859) 246-4313
Fax: (859) 246-4346

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington provides court appointed, trained, volunteer advocates to speak for children who through court action have been deemed abused and/or neglected. CASA volunteers act as another set of eyes and ears for the Judge. CASA works in cooperation with other agencies, monitors compliance with court orders, investigates and submits independent reports to the court with recommendations in the “best interest” of the child. For further information regarding CASA of Lexington or how to become a CASA volunteer please call 246-4313.

Juvenile Probation & Court Services
1155 Red Mile Place
(859) 246-4300
Fax: (859) 246-4346

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) Juvenile Probation & Court Services was created pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statue 605.050 with duties and responsibilities defined in subsequent statues.  DYS Juvenile Probation & Court Servcies provides a variety of community based support services to assist the Courts and Juvenile Justice system in delivering the highest quality of supervision for Fayette County youth. DYS Probation officers are sworn peace officers with years of education and experience.  Probation conducts investigations and prepares pre-dispositional reports as ordered by the Fayette County District Court. Services include monitoring and supervising youth placed on probation by the Court, development and implementation of individualized treatment plans, drug screening, curfew monitoring and referral to community resources based on youth or family needs.

Juvenile Probation & Court Services also provides a home detention program to monitor youth in the community that the Court determines do not require secure detention.  Officers monitor compliance with the home detention contract, school attendance, behavior, and specific Court orders through regular random contacts.  This includes collaboration with the LFUCG Police Department to conduct after hours home contacts through our Juvenile Surveillance Program. 

Juvenile Probation & Court Services develops and facilitates life skills educational programs and contracts with community resources to provide therapeutic services to address the competency and accountability of our youth. 

Additionally, Juvenile Probation & Court Services provides a Suspension Alternative Program (SAP) for Court involved youth that have been suspended from school.  This program provides supervision, educational services, life skills, and community service opportunities for youth as an alternative to formal court action or detention.  Probation has access to  the web-based curriculum, PLATO, and can provide clients an additional opportunity to earn their high school credits or improve their academic performance.

DYS Probation & Court Services monitors youth ordered to perform community service.  Probation provides a list of available community organizations and screen the youth to ensure a positive experience for the youth and the community organization.  For further information regarding Juvenile Probation and Court Services call 246-4300.

Student Intern Opportunities

Juvenile Probation & Court Services offers unpaid internship and practicum placement opportunities throughout the year.  If you are an undergraduate student studying Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology or a related human service major, Juvenile Probation & Court Services offers the opportunity for students to gain experience and learn on the job skills.

To apply for an undergraduate student internship or practicum placement, click here for the application. Students must also submit to a criminal background check. 

Please send completed applications to Linda Taylor at or Matthew Crutcher  If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Linda or Matthew at (859) 246-4300.    

Youth Development Center 

101 E. Vine Street, Suite 150
(859) 246-4300
(859) 246-4355 FAX

The goal of the youth development team is to assist young people in reaching their highest potential.  We do this by offering positive opportunities and programs for youth.  These programs are offered free of charge to participants.

Path to Success

This program serves out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 residing in Fayette County.  Participants are provided with paid work experience, GED testing preparation, work readiness training, leadership skills and much more.  Participants can also earn up to $1,500 in incentives and can take the GED test at no cost.  The program aims to give each individual the tools they need to be workforce ready or enroll in higher education.

360 Change

360 Change serves teens ages 11 to 17 by providing substance abuse and mental health services. The 24-week program is provided through a collaboration of local community agencies, including the Division of Youth Services’ youth development team.  Each participant receives a Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN-1) Assessment a standardized bio-psycho-social assessment designed to help clinicians gather information for diagnosis and treatment planning.   The program also offers group counseling, workshops, a family nurturing program and other activities.

Summer Youth Job Training Program

Youth ages 14 to 17 can enroll in this six week summer employment program. Participants will get paid minimum wage to work for 20 hours/week at various businesses and organizations across the city.  As part of the program youth will also attend work readiness workshops and training to help prepare them for future employment.

Summer Youth Job training applications can be picked up at Fayette County Public Schools (middle/high), Lexington Public Libraries, Lexington community centers and the Youth Development Center (101 E. Vine Street, Suite 150). You may also download an application. For more information, contact Pat Sidney or Mattie Morton (859) 243-4300.  

Information about the Youth Job Training Program for businesses who want to participate.

Gainesway Community Center
3460 Milan Road (located off of Centre Parkway)
Phone: 859-971-3068
Fax: 859-971-3068

The Gainesway Community Center offers afterschool programs for residents of Gainesway and the surrounding neighborhoods.  The center is open Monday through Friday from 3 pm - 7 pm, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on non-school days and is closed on holidays.  Some of the activities and services offered at the center include homework assistance, a computer lab, a community garden, karate class, workshops, college tours and camps for spring, summer and winter break. The center also offers a Teen Job Club, which assists youth ages 16 to 18 with employment and developing work readiness skills. Teen Job Club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 pm – 7 pm.

For more information on the above mentioned programs contact Mattie Morton, Program Administrator at or (859) 246-4300.

Last updated: 3/21/2016 11:50:29 AM