Youth Recovery Campus

YSS is excited to announce plans for a new youth recovery campus near Cambridge, Iowa. Located in a serene, nature-based setting, the facility will provide crisis stabilization, youth shelters and adolescent addictions treatment.

About the Project

Thanks to generous friends, donors, and a transformational investment from CICS and the state of Iowa, YSS is planning to create a place that will meet the needs of Iowa youth who need treatment and support.

A modern, homelike residential space will complement and enhance YSS programs and services. The best-in-class facility will include retreat style cottages, wellness and recreation areas, nature trails, and therapy spaces.

Once completed, this project 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 to:

  • Provide a place for best-in-class, wrap-around 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 provided

We’re also building a continuum that will include an alumni network for peer support and a collegiate recovery program. All this will come together on a multi-building, nature-focused campus that takes a holistic approach to mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Next Steps

The new campus is currently planned for 53 acres of land near Cambridge, Iowa, which YSS already owns. YSS is currently going through the process to get the appropriate use permits and zoning changes to build 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.

We are still in the early stages of the process, with many important steps before 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.

Get Involved

You can be part of this amazing project focused on youth mental health and addiction services in Central Iowa.


Champion our cause.
Contact us to get involved, receive more information and help make this campus a reality.


Invite other people to come along with YSS on our journey.
Tell your friends and family about this transformational project, which will impact youth around the state.


Invest your time, treasure and talents.
Give to YSS, or contact YSS President & CEO Andrew Allen at to learn how you can support the campus project.