County Commitments to DYS

Any juvenile court personnel seeking to commit a youth to the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS), please begin by calling (614) 728-7093 or by emailing callindys@dys.ohio.gov. If preferred, juvenile court personnel can complete the "County Call-In Form" (below) and email to callindys@dys.ohio.gov or fax to (614) 728-4680. County commitments of youth to DYS require juvenile court personnel to complete the DYS Commitment Package Checklist (below) along with submitting all required documentation as listed in the checklist. If at all possible, please provide the youth’s journal entry prior to the youth being transported to intake at DYS (email to callindys@dys.ohio.gov or fax to (614) 728-4680). When the youth is transported to intake at DYS, please provide a packet of the items required by the Commitment Package Checklist.

Intake for Male Youth

As indicated by the map, male youth from the southern half of the state are received at Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility while male youth from the northern half of the state are received at Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility. Please refer to the County Call-In Form for guidance on this process. A staff person from the Bureau of Records and Sentence Computation will contact the juvenile court personnel regarding next steps.


Intake for Female Youth All female youth are received by the Montgomery County Center for Adolescent Services. Please refer to the County Call-In Form for guidance on this process. A staff person from the Bureau of Records and Sentence Computation will contact the juvenile court personnel regarding next steps.


What Happens Next? During the first 3 days of a youth’s stay, the youth’s medical, dental, psychological, educational, legal, social and criminological needs will be assessed. DYS will use this information to develop a comprehensive intervention and reentry plan that will guide decisions about facility placement and programming.

For any questions regarding this process, please contact the DYS Bureau of Records and Sentence Computation at (614) 728-7093.

Virtual Tours of Facilities:  Virtual tours of the DYS facilities and alternative placements are available on YouTube here.
Quick Reference Guide for Families:  Family members can learn more about the Ohio Department of Youth Services by reading our Quick Reference Guide.