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P.O. Box 1628, Ames, Iowa, 50010
At YSS “Healing starts with hope…” To achieve this YSS provides treatment programs for adolescents with substance abuse issues and co-occurring mental health conditions and connections to community based resources. Treatment at YSS is evidence-based and includes counseling, intervention, and education to promote personal responsibility and long-term recovery. YSS also provides support services for clients’ families and loved ones, and encourages family involvement in the recovery process.

Facility Highlights

  • High-quality, evidence-based treatment
  • Gender-specific focus


  • Client & Family Support Groups

    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Facility Settings

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Financial Details

  • Financing available

Treatment Center Links

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Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. is a community-based CARF-accredited nonprofit organization established in 1976 to help children, adults, and families face and overcome mental and behavioral health challenges throughout the state of Iowa. One of seven service locations currently operated by the established nonprofit, YSS Family Counseling & Clinic in Ames provides family-focused care for those experiencing challenges and difficulties related to behavioral and mental health and substance use.

Across its six other locations, YSS runs residential addiction treatment for teens, emergency services and shelters, crisis intervention services, transitional living programs, as well as prevention, education, mentoring, and employment initiatives for teens.


The treatment process at Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. typically begins with a psychiatric consultation to set the pace, goals, and intensity of an individual or family’s recovery. Clinic staff may manage a client’s medication to produce more effective recovery results.

Following this initial consultation, clients may be recommended for one of a few distinct services. There are Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) that focus primarily on helping a child develop essential skills like resolve conflict, manage their anger, and communicate more effectively with others. At-home and in-school services are also available though the clinic’s Integrated Health Services (IHS). Individuals, couples, and entire families, where necessary, can better their lives in any number of ways in therapy sessions, whether it involves developing coping skills, decision making skills, social skills, or improving the overall communication within a family unit.

YSS Family Counseling & Clinic also provides evaluations and counseling services for teens and young adults who are struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD) as well as mediation and visitation counseling for those involved in a separation or divorce. It is among the 47 percent of Iowa facilities with adolescent services.


As an organization, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. is led by a team of program directors. Staff varies from location to location, though one may expect certified counselors and specialists who have training, education, and experience in their respective fields.


While Rehabs.com has yet to receive any feedback from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. does have a perfect five-out of five-star rating from 14 Google reviewers as of this writing.[1]

Collectively, those who contributed additional written commentary described YSS as an “amazing” and “great” nonprofit organization with a “Super star team” dedicated to helping youth make lasting positive changes in their lives. “They do great work across multiple areas of need through their various community-based centers and services,” wrote reviewer K.R. in one such review.


YSS Family Counseling & Clinic accepts a variety of health insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid, making the facility one of just 38 (23.3 percent) facilities in the state of Iowa that accept Medicaid. According to the clinic’s website, “funds to cover the cost of treatment” may be available to individuals and families who are uninsured.

[1] https://goo.gl/6xTWZJ

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