Lane County Youth Services provides assessment, probation, training, counseling and detention services for all youth, ages 12-17 years old, referred by local law enforcement because of criminal behavior. It is the branch of Lane County government responsible for services to youth accused of law violations or judged delinquent by the juvenile court. DYS is funded from the Lane County general fund, along with some state and federal grant funding for new programs.
The Juvenile Court is an arm of the Oregon state circuit court system and is housed at the department. DYS is staffed by groupworkers and counselors specializing in juvenile corrections. DYS staff are county employees and are all experienced in working with troubled youth. The department is organized into units: Administration, Detention Services, Intake Services, and Supervision Services. The Department of Youth Services is located in the Juvenile Justice Center building on the John Serbu Campus.