Youth Intervention Center

The Youth Intervention Center opened its doors on March 9, 2002 and is located on the Sunnyside Peninsula at 235 Circle Avenue in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Center provides detention, shelter care services, and alternative treatment programs for males and females from the ages of 10 to 18. The Detention program has a 48 bed capacity, the Shelter program has a 36 bed capacity, and P.U.L.S.E. Weekend Program has a 12 bed capacity.

The Youth Intervention Center’s Detention program provides temporary custody for alleged and adjudicated male and female residents from the ages of 10 to 18.  The mission of juvenile detention is the temporary and safe custody of juveniles who are accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of the court who require a restricted environment for their own, or the community’s protection, while pending legal action. The facility's Shelter care program provides temporary and emergency care for alleged and adjudicated dependent and less at risk delinquent male and female residents from the ages of 10 to 18.

The mission of the P.U.L.S.E. (Providing Uplifting Learning Skills to Excel) Weekend Program is to provide short-term, research/evidence-based treatment heavily reliant on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to male youth in Lancaster County. Youth who participate in the program are identified as low to moderate risk based on the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI). The instrument identifies risk, need, and responsivity factors as well as strengths and protective factors. The Program Coordinator will work with Juvenile Probation/Children and Youth Agency, the client, and the family to incorporate the data from the YLS/CMI into a holistic plan that builds upon strengths and addresses areas related to recidivism thereby enhancing success and prevention of future delinquent/criminal behavior.

 The P.U.L.S.E. (Providing Uplifting Learning Skills to Excel) Evening Treatment Center (ETC) serves adolescents who are involved with the Office of Juvenile Probation or the Children and Youth Agency. The program is offered to males and females ages 13-18. Participants can be referred to the program in three ways: recommended by a Juvenile Probation Officer while the youth is awaiting adjudication/disposition, court-ordered by Juvenile Probation after disposition or recommended by a Children and Youth Caseworker. Participants will be transported to the program after school and then transported home at 8:30pm as long as they live within a 12 mile radius of the facility. The length of the program will be determined by the participant’s treatment needs. The participant’s goals, program length, and groups will be determined based on recommendations from the Juvenile Probation Officer or Children and Youth Caseworker, consultation with the parents/guardians, and results of various assessments. The ETC participants will participate in evidence based programs, as well as psycho-educational groups. The following evidence based programs will be offered: Aggression Replacement Training, Thinking for a Change, Strengthening Families, and Alternatives. In addition, participants will be able to participate in the following psycho-educational groups: Employment Skills Development, Life Skills Development, Coping Strategies, Relationship Skills, and Therapeutic Group Discussion.

Licensing & Qualifications

The Youth Intervention Center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and abides by their regulations. The center is also a member of the Juvenile Detention Centers and Alternative Programs (JDCAP) and the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS).

The director of the Youth Intervention Center is appointed by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)


In order to demonstrate compliance with PREA, juvenile facilities such as the Youth Intervention Center must be audited every three years. The Youth Intervention Center was audited by a U.S. Department of Justice-certified PREA auditor on October 24 and 25, 2016. This audit revealed that the Youth Intervention Center met all the standards to prevent, detect and respond to prison rape, and exceeded the standards in resident reporting requirements. The next PREA audit scheduled to occur at the Youth Intervention Center will take place in October 2019.

You can review the auditor's final report below: 

2014 PREA Audit Final Report
2016 PREA Audit Final Report

2014 PREA Annual Report
2015 PREA Annual Report
2016 PREA Annual Report

Facility PREA Policy
Reporting Abuse
PREA Audit Information
Data Review for Corrective Action Publication