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De Paul Treatment Centers - Youth Center

4310 NE Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon, 97218
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De Paul uses comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, culturally appropriate and evidence-based practices that address the needs of the whole person, family and community. We support participation in groups such as the Anonymous fellowships that provide inspiration and hope.

Facility Highlights

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Recreational Activities


  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Settings

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Meet the Staff

  • Drew Gadbois, BSW, CADC I
    Drew Gadbois, BSW, CADC IYouth Residential Lead Counselor
    Drew has more than eight years experience working with homeless, street entrenched youth. He worked in various positions within the Homeless Youth Continuum (HYC) in Portland, Oregon, including Alcohol and Drug Specialist for Project Metamorphosis. Drew is currently a Residential Counselor for De Paul Youth and Family Center, bringing his years of experience to the youth in residential services. Drew also has experience working with adults involved in the justice system. Drew has facilitated trainings for the HYC, including Motivational Interviewing, Harm reduction, Understanding Street Youth, and Addiction and the Brain. Drew currently sits on the Advisory Board for Mt. Hood Community College.
  • June McCandles, CADC I, QMHA
    June McCandles, CADC I, QMHAYouth Residential Counselor
    June received her Applied Associates in Addictions from Portland Community College in 2005. She also received a Certificate in Drug Prevention. June helped to create and facilitate a middle school program for mothers and daughters with the Sun Program in Portland Public Schools. June continues to attend classes toward her degree in Social work and work as a Residential Counselor in the Youth program. June began interning at De Paul’s Youth and Family Center and was hired directly after her internship to support the effort to build the family program. June’s Spanish speaking abilities were put to good use when she worked as a Family Counselor. Her efforts have greatly improved the connection with our Spanish speaking population. Last year, June took on the role of Residential Counselor with the youth at the Youth and Family Center. She has experience in community mental health and addictions services, providing individual, group, and family counseling with teens.

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Based in downtown Portland, Ore., De Paul Treatment Centers is one of Oregon’s 125 private, nonprofit treatment facilities for substance abuse. It was founded in 1977, began serving youth in 1985, and now offers a residential program and outpatient services for adolescents ages 13 to 17. It also treats those with co-occurring disorders. Detox is not available.


At the core of the De Paul treatment model is Positive Youth Development (PYD), a nationally recognized best practice for treating addiction in adolescents. It is a trauma-focused treatment method that helps adolescents overcome the influence of traumatic events.

The admissions process takes place in person at the facility. Admissions are completed on a first come, first serve basis. Assessments are completed at the time of admission to guide the process. However, clients who are paying with private insurance can only be admitted during the week. Others can be admitted over the weekend.

De Paul delivers its PYD-based treatment through a number of program components including individual, family, and group therapy on topics including social skills development, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and drug abuse education. De Paul’s alternative high school is accredited through Portland Public Schools. When not in treatment or groups, clients spend four hours a day in classes.

General outpatient programs meet once or twice a week and intensive outpatient programs meet three or more times a week, both for three to four months. Treatment includes individual and family counseling. De Paul conducts random weekly urine tests for outpatient clients.


This center’s staff includes licensed addiction counselors, youth and family therapists, teachers, and youth counselors. It is one of 27 (11 percent) of facilities in Oregon that are accredited by CARF.


De Paul Treatment Centers - Youth Center is one of Oregon’s 39 (17.3 percent) residential treatment facilities. Housing is gender-specific and includes capacity for 24 boys and 16 girls**. Rooms are single occupancy and minimally furnished. Residents sleep, eat, and spend free time in separate, dormitory-style wings. The facility has a classroom as well to maintain a regular academic schedule. Youth are encouraged to use the *fitness center* and participate in the “sport of the week”. Other activities include hikes, movies, cultural events, and volunteer work with the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon Humane Society.


At the time of this writing, five alumni gave De Paul mixed ratings. In comments, two alumni felt that De Paul's treatment worked well for them, but two others described the program as strict with staff expressing little empathy. Alum T.S. wrote that the program offered "Hard core recovery" but "Not a lot of empathy."

Holistic Offerings: 3.4/5
Family Participation: 2.75/5
Facility Cleanliness: 3.2/5

On Google, De Paul has a four out of five star review and a one out of five star review. No commentary was left. [1]


Six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave De Paul mixed to positive ratings.

In comments, loved ones provided positive feedback about the staff's professionalism and qualifications, though one wrote that counselors were not punctual for individual sessions and another noted the loose regulations for clients. Loved ones also provided positive feedback about the variety of programming available, one crediting its outpatient program.

Family Participation: 4.2/5
Affordability: 4.2/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.8/5


The single staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date gave De Paul mixed ratings, rating the facility three out of five stars for cleanliness, affordability, and staff's level of experience and training. However, the staff member gave just two stars for its holistic offerings and when asked if they’d recommend the program to others. The anonymous employee wrote: "the "management" team needs to be a little more approachable to residents from what I hear."


De Paul accepts most private insurance plans and offers a sliding fee scale for uninsured clients. Self-pay plans and financial assistance are also available.

[1] GoogleReviews

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