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Since 1972

Meeting the unique needs of children, youth, young adults, and families.

Our History

Payne County Youth Services was established to provide programming for children, youth and families.  Originally mandated to provide counseling in schools and establish an emergency youth shelter, PCYS has grown to be a respected and well-known resource for children, youth and families focusing on the Payne, Noble, and Pawnee Counties, and serving across the state of Oklahoma.

PCYS is a private, non-profit, 501(C)3 agency serving children, youth, young adults, and families who may be struggling with a variety of issues.  All services are free of charge to the recipient and their family.  SoonerCare is not required.

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Transitional Living Clients within Apartment Living

Counseling Clients

Community Education Recipients

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Payne County Youth Services, Inc. is dedicated to providing free quality services for the positive development and recovery of children, youth, and families.

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We work hard for you
PCYS is a Designated Youth Services Agency and Member in Good Standing of the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services (OAYS). PCYS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) and is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). PCYS enjoys a robust relationship with social service providers and the educational community throughout the area.
We provide culturally competent services for you

Program services include individual, family, crisis intervention, and group counseling for both mental health and substance abuse issues. Intervention, prevention, and diversion services include emotions management, the First Offender/Skills for Success program, parenting education, substance abuse group psycho educational program, Victims of Crime (VOCA) counseling and advocacy services, Safe Place program, Building a Competent Community for Suicide Prevention, Life Skills, Advocacy, Transitional Living, Community At-Risk (CARS) counseling, and emergency sheltering for youth. All services, including LGBTQ+ services, are provided in an affirming and positive youth development manner. We proudly serve the LGBTQ+ community.

We provide shelter for you
Payne County ranks in the top 40 counties in Oklahoma for child abuse and neglect confirmations. PCYS operates the only emergency youth shelter in Payne County. Each year, we provide for approximately 100 young people in the Emergency Youth Shelter.
We provide free services for you
Many families with children and/or adolescents need counseling but cannot afford the cost. PCYS is the only agency in Payne County that has no restriction of access to services based on the services recipient’s inability or refusal to pay for such services.
We provide Community Development and Education for you.
Building a Competent Community for Suicide Prevention program trains businesses, schools, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and individuals in skills and employment to help save lives.
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Become a PCYS Team Member

Youth Guidance Specialist:

Are you a self-motivated, caring individual with a passion to work with youth?  We are looking for you!

Payne County Youth Services is seeking a Part-Time Overnight Youth Guidance Specialist. Must be self-motivated, dedicated to the privacy of confidential information, and working as a member of a team in a dynamic, professional organization. Must have basic knowledge of principles and practices of child guidance and training, familiar with the behavioral challenges associated with dependent or delinquent youth, familiar with methods and practices of household management, simple health and safety precautions, first aid methods, and techniques in supervising children and youth. Specific training will be provided. Written and oral communication skills are a must.

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