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Mission and Vision


The mission of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services is to give court- involved youth the opportunity to become more productive citizens by building on the strengths of youths and their families in the least restrictive, most homelike environment consistent with public safety.


DYRS’ vision is to provide the nation’s best continuum of care for court-involved youth and their families through a wide range of programs that emphasize individual strengths, personal accountability, public safety, skill development, family involvement and community support. 

Guiding Principles

We believe…

  1. Youth prefer the joy of accomplishment to failure, and each youth is unique and can learn, re-learn, and unlearn.

  2. All youth should be connected to caring adults, services, supports, and opportunities that enable them to contribute to the community and successfully transition into adulthood.

  3. In honoring diversity.

  4. All youth, families, staff, and community should be valued, respected and have opportunities for growth and change.

  5. Youth, families, and staff at all levels must be at the table and involved in decision-making; from Youth Family Team Meetings to agency policies.

  6. In a robust continuum of care that is flexible, strengths-based, family-focused and results in youth being safety served in the least restrictive environment consistent with public safety.

  7. In creating environments that are safe, structured, stable, and supportive for youth and staff.

  8. Staff at all levels should be responsive, respectful, and work collaboratively with internal and external customers.

  9. Decisions should be informed by valid and reliable data.

  10. Everyone’s job is to help youth develop to their fullest potential.