Welcome to the Youth Recovery Center at Valley View Hospital. We are pleased to be included in your search for safe, comprehensive, therapeutic and medical care in the recovery process. Our substance abuse and mental health treatment program offers teens and their families an opportunity for self-growth, prevention skill-building, and healing at a crucial point in development

Struggling with addiction is challenging; getting help should not be. As such, we have created this website to clearly inform, educate, and inspire teens and families in their time of need. We invite you to explore our site to better understand our program, admission requirements, and how we can serve you. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance. We look forward to partnering with you in care.


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  • Finding the right treatment for yourself or child can be a stressful experience.  Understanding that the process can be challenging, we strive to make the admissions process at YRC as clear, concise and easy as possible. Below you will find a step-by-step process to give you an idea of our admissions process.

    Step 1: To begin the process, we recommend calling our YRC Admissions office to find out if YRC is the next best step for the youth. 970-384-7484.  During that call, we will help determine if all the criteria for admission can be met.

    Step 2. Once we review this process, we will ask you to download all the intake paperwork. The youth must fill out all the designated client forms as well as sign the Release of information if they are 15 or older.

    Please be sure to list ALL professionals that are involved with the youth so that we may send out the Release (ROI) and obtain their clinical, legal or other history that for review.

    Step 3: Once the YRC file is completed, we will inform you of our next available bed date. Please be aware that this can range from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the number of referrals we receive. The sooner we receive all of the paperwork, the sooner we can assign a date.

    Step 4: Several days before the actual admission date, someone from the team will contact you to set up a telephone interview with the youth. We understand that sometimes they are not living at home, and we can call them wherever they are. The interview itself takes about 90 minutes. Normally, the admission date is a few days after the interview, and we ask that on that specific day you arrive at 10:30.

    We recommend printing out our information packet which contains directions as well as our belongings list. We are strict about adherence to this list, so please do not bring anything not listed.

    As always, we are here to help and guide you. Do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns.  We are excited to work with teens and families ready to make the step to inpatient treatment.

  • Before beginning this process, we suggest you contact our referral coordinator at 970.384.7484. All admission forms must be filled out completely and faxed back to 970.945.8491.YRC will also accept scanned copies emailed to YRCadmissions@vvh.org

    Click on the links below to view or print our forms (pdf format).

    Informational Forms

    Admission Criteria

    Information Packet (Clothing Guidelines & Phone Use Guidelines)

    Daily Schedule

    Forms to be filled out

    Agreement for Required Admissions Testing, Vaccinations & Medications

    Early Pickup Agreement

    Release of Information – Youth 15 and older must sign.

    Pre-admission Questionnaire– To be filled out by the youth.
    Youth Recovery Center Behavior Agreement

    Issues /strengths – To be filled out by the youth.

    Parent/guardian questionnaire – To be filled out by parent / guardian.

    Application – To be filled out by parent / guardian.


Guiding teens in the recovery process through self-awareness, experiential activities, and comprehensive inpatient care.

Our Values

  • Comprehensive Care: At YRC, we treat you as a whole person, not your symptoms and challenges. As such, we address every aspect of your experience.  Clients at YRC receive the best in medical treatment, healthcare empowerment training, STI screenings and education, dental and eye care to complement our intensive psychological treatment program. Recreational therapy allows for daily movement and creativity while groups facilitate self-awareness, spirituality and insight.

  • Radical Acceptance: The process of completely accepting what is on an inner level rather than resisting reality. To practice radical acceptance, we learn to see a situation clearly, as it is and not how we would like it to be, with compassion – for self and others.

  • Self-Awareness:  Understanding one’s thought patterns, feelings, body and behavior.  Without self-awareness, it’s challenging to accept and integrate ourselves and heal. At YRC, we value self-awareness not only for clients, but also for our staff.  We hire and train staff who are interested in self-growth and inner work to provide the safest and most skillful treatment possible.

  • Mindfulness: Awareness of the present moment with nonjudgmental acceptance.  We nurture mindfulness in our clients as a means to help them move from reacting to their thoughts, feelings, sensations and life situations to responding with wise mind (a state where heart and mind are aligned as opposed to acting from emotion or over-rationalizing a situation).

  • Family: At YRC, we fully believe that families are integral in the recovery process.  We approach family therapy with curiosity and openness, looking at strengths and challenges with clarity as a means to cultivate healthy parent-child relationships, authentic communication and safe, sober support.

  • Communication: At YRC, we teach our clients to understand their internal feelings and needs and how to communicate those with authenticity and compassion. We nurture empathy, deep listening and skillful sharing as effective tools for creating safe, sober, and supportive relationships.

  • Self-Compassion:  Self-compassion is extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.  We understand that at any given moment, teens, parents, and professionals do the very best they can given what they know at the time (level of education, self-awareness and emotional intelligence) and what life has given them (conditioning, trauma, events). As such, we encourage self-compassion as a skill to build lasting internal support while emphasizing the necessity of taking responsibility for our actions.

  • At YRC, we don’t see courage as “being tough,” or “having no fear” or vulnerable emotions; we see courage as the ability to feel fully, share and open up to the parts of ourselves we actually fear most. With courage, we recognize feeling afraid in our thoughts, feelings, and sensations, and move forward anyway because it is in that place, where the healing begins.


The Youth Recovery Center is committed to creating a safe learning environment in which clients engage in high quality, substance abuse treatment. YRC regards addiction and recovery as a chronic illness and embraces a harm reduction model drawing on acceptance, self-awareness, and the capacity to speak and think deliberately as fundamental to behavioral insight and change. The staff at YRC accepts clients exactly where they are in their current stage of change and guides youth as they realistically move through their process.

YRC believes that a program rich in subject matter and activity serves to integrate learning. Academics, therapeutic discernment, health literacy, recreational challenge, and mindfulness-based learning act to build skills essential for health and wellness. YRC’s multidisciplinary staff cultivates the engagement of both clients and their families as members of the care team, valuing each member’s perspective in the shared decision making of comprehensive care.


Please Note: These resources are provided for your information only, and are not intended to replace information from a professional healthcare provider.

Parents Resource Center – Drugfree.org

Provides advice and information from parents and professionals about drug prevention, intervention, and raising healthy teens. Sponsored by The Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Special resources for parents, students & young adults, and medical professionals on the science of drug abuse and addiction. Information on detecting and responding to emerging drug abuse trends, understanding how drugs work in the brain and body, and developing new treatment and prevention approaches. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA funds and supports prevention and early intervention programs for substance abuse treatment, mental health, and recovery support services in local communities. Includes the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. SAMHSA is part of the US Department of Health & Human Services.

In this video, Dr. Dan Siegel demystifies the developmental stage of adolescence, and provides accessible scientific information regarding this monumental and transformative developmental period. Parents and teens are highly encouraged to view this video prior to treatment and family therapy sessions.

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Valley View Hospital | 1906 Blake Avenue | Glenwood Springs CO, 81601 | 970.384.7470