Attendant Care
Cowley County Youth Services is one of the few Judicial Districts that still has an attendant care facility. The facility is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and inspected annually by KDHE, Cowley County Health Department and the Winfield Fire Department. Attendant care is a non secure facility and consists of a day room and two bedrooms. It provides short-term care with one-on-one direct supervision of juveniles between the ages of 10 and 18 who have been taken into police custody as either an alleged juvenile offender or child in need of care. The attendant care facility is primarily used for youth that do not meet the criteria for detention, but that can not immediately return home.

Care Portal

Care Portal bridges the gap between local government agencies and local churches.  Cowley County Youth services along with the Department of Children and family services have partnered with the Care Portal to connect local churches to local children and families in crisis. This partnership has extended to receive COVID-19 related needs.  Cowley County Youth Services will be receiving requests for assistance in providing for emergency needs related to the COVID-19 virus and shutdown in three specific area:  1) Support an emergency worker, 2) Alleviate food & essentials insecurity, and 3) Stabilize housing insecurity.  As you know, this crisis is creating even more family breakdown than before.  For example, a father lost his job from the COVID-19 shutdown and he and his wife have a newborn baby – with no food in the house, no diapers, no formula, and no ability to buy these essentials.  This need was posted on Care Portal and a church stepped-up to meet that need.

If your church is interested in a partnership with the Care Portal or to report a COVID-19 related need please contact CCYS Director Brennan Hadley. Below are links to make a referral.

Authorization for Release of Confidential Information

Care Portal request Form

Cowley County Youth Services (CCYS) is the criminal justice agency that provides programs and services for juveniles in the 19th Judicial District under the direction of the Kansas Juveniles Justice Reformation act of 1997. Our vision is “to provide evidence based programs and services for justice involved youth or youth identified to be at risk, to promote public safety, hold juveniles accountable and improve the ability of youth to live productively and responsibly in their communities.”

The statement of purpose of CCYS is to affirm that supervision programs provide necessary services to juveniles, with the goal of reducing the probability of their continued delinquent behavior, while also protecting the community and enhancing the juvenile’s ability to live responsibly and productively within their community. The statement of purpose, philosophy, and program affirms that all planning and decision-making are consistent with laws relevant to the state’s responsibility for the care and protection of juveniles under its control.

The Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform Act establishes what is now the Juvenile Services division of the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC-JS) and gives powers and duties to the agency for the care, custody and control of juvenile offenders. Juvenile Justice Reform was focused on prevention, intervention, and community-based services, and that a youth should be placed in a juvenile correctional facility for rehabilitation and reform only as a last resort. Youth are more effectively rehabilitated and served in their own community. A major initiative of the juvenile justice reform act is based on the development of strong state and local partnerships. Because the KDOC-JS’s focus is to serve youth in their community, each receives state funding for the development, implementation, operation, and improvement of juvenile community correctional services. KDOC-JS allocates funds to the county governments in each district for the operation of community based Juvenile Justice Programs. Standards and procedures have been developed by KDOC-JS to provide guidance in the operation of these programs.