From Vision to Reality: Youth Recovery Campus


For years, YSS has been planning for a place that would meet the needs of Iowa youth who are in crisis, who need emergency shelter or are struggling with addiction. A best-in-class facility where they can receive the treatment they require and the support they need. A place they can heal.

Thanks to generous friends, donors and a transformational investment from CICS and the State of Iowa, we can now begin turning this vision into reality.  That reality will take shape as a new YSS youth recovery campus.

A modern, homelike residential space in a serene, nature-based setting will complement and enhance YSS programs and services in a place that is centrally located for Iowa youth needing assistance.  This – and more – is what you can expect from the YSS youth recovery campus. This new campus is being planned for land owned by YSS near Cambridge, Iowa, pending proper approvals, and will include:

  • Retreat style cottages
  • Wellness and recreation areas
  • Nature trails
  • Specifically designed therapy spaces

This project, once completed, will elevate and greatly enrich the tailored programs and services YSS provides to more than 10,000 youth every year. In short, our vision for this new campus is:

  • Provide a place for best-in-class wraparound crisis, mental health and addiction services
  • Offer emergency shelter, crisis stabilization and addiction services that create hope and opportunity
  • Allow youth take advantage of the synergy of shared spaces specifically designed with their needs in mind
  • Create a safe and welcoming environment that complements the services and impacts outcomes

These upgraded facilities will also allow us to adapt and enhance our current programs and approach so as to give the youth we serve new tools – and benefit from – a place that facilitates healing. We’re building a continuum that will include an alumni network for peer support and other innovations, like a collegiate recovery program. And this will all be accomplished on a multi-building campus that takes a holistic approach to mental health and substance abuse treatment in a nature-based environment that offers room to grow.

You can still be a part of this amazing project focusing on youth mental health and addiction services in central Iowa. To learn more or to help us fully complete this project with a donation, please contact Amy Doyle at

Planned Campus Location

The new campus is currently planned for 53 acres of land near Cambridge, Iowa, that YSS already owns. YSS is currently going through the process to get the appropriate use permits and zoning changes to locate the facility. We consider ourselves a community partner and look forward to working with stakeholders on ensuring the project meets the needs of the organization while respecting the needs of the community.

Project Completion

This is yet to be determined, but more information (and any corresponding timelines) will be shared as the project continues to take shape.

Next Steps

We are still in the early stages of the process, with many important steps that still need to occur until this state-of-the-art campus becomes a reality. Given this, fundraising and planning will continue, and we will provide more details as they become available.

Check back to this website for updated information!