Youth Crisis Centers

Youth Crisis Centers (YCC) are safe places for youth, ages 12-17, to go to by choice if they are having emotional distress, psychiatric symptoms, substance use challenges, or other life stressors.


To help youth who experience a behavioral health crisis return home and change to outpatient support in the community as quickly as possible.


To reduce strain on families and to prevent longer-term out-of-home placements.


Vital details
  • The centers do not close. They're open 24/7/365
  • No referral is needed
  • Youth may stay for up to 23 hours and 59 minutes
    • In that time, youth may receive crisis stabilization services, medical screening, assessment support, and referrals for added community-based services
  • Parents and caregivers may also receive education and support
  • School Resource Officers or Police Officers may transport youth from schools to the centers
  • A parent or guardian must be available upon a youth's admission
  • YCCs provide all services without charge



Idaho based its model for the YCCs on SAMHSA's national guidelines for child and youth behavioral health crisis care. national-guidelines-for-behavioral-health-crisis-care-02242020.pdf (

The Division of Behavioral Health contracted with Beacon Health Options, Inc., to assess Idaho's current behavioral health crisis system. Beacon Health Options provided direction to help build a statewide system. Beacon pin-pointed region-specific practices, including needs, gaps, opportunities, and national best practices. The results of the assessment and recommendations are presented in the Idaho Crisis System of Care Report.The most immediate effect is the implementation of the YCCs in Idaho. The Division of Behavioral Health is pleased to now include these crisis service locations as a resource for Idaho youth and families.

The Division of Behavioral Health will provide updates and next steps as the system develops.

Youth Crisis Centers