Empowerment Center for Adolescents

Teenage girl in hoodie at a youth homeless shelter in Denver, CO

This location is currently not providing in-person intakes for mental health services. To get started in mental health services, click here. To get started with ECA, please call or email us. ECA provides shelter admission 24/7.

  • Youth must be 12 – 17. Over 18? Click here.
  • All genders accepted.
  • Youth must be unaccompanied, runaways, victims of trafficking, or living in a place not meant for human habitation.
  • Youth must be able to independently complete activities of daily living* (ADLs).
  • Youth must have manageable mental health needs and do not require more than an outpatient level of care.
  • Youth with medical needs can be reasonably managed by qualified medication administration personnel.
  • Youth living at ECA cannot be pending felony trial and have charges related to violence.

*Activities of daily living (ADLs) are essential and routine tasks that most healthy individuals can perform without assistance such as bathing, toilet hygiene, getting out of bed, getting dressed, practicing personal hygiene, and eating.

Services Provided by Referral

Individual Therapy

Whether you prefer virtual or in-person therapy sessions, our compassionate therapists will create a safe and confidential space for you to open up about your thoughts and feelings. 

Group Therapy

Group Therapy consists of groups of 5-15 people and are led by clinicians who specialize in your area of need. With numerous sessions to choose from, our group model maximizes support and skill-building.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy offers virtual and in-person care, enabling families to make positive change. We utilize various methods like: exploring emotions, changing behaviors, and examining roles to enhance familial support.

Family Reunification

Family Reunification starts with identifying what led to separation. To help with this, we look into the challenges families face, their individual needs, and work with a team to bring the family back together or another safe alternative.

Medical Services

Medical Services helps manage your medications, and create a care plan that fits your indiviaul long- and short-term treatment goals. We also teach you about your health, so you can make smart choices and live a healthier life.

Case Management

Case Management ensures a coordinated approach to help you achieve your goals. Framed around comprehensive assessments, we address your medical, psychosocial, behavioral, and functional needs through community resources.

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The Empowerment Center for Adolescents is the result of a dynamic collaboration among esteemed partners, including District Attorney Brian Mason for Colorado’s 17th Judicial District, Chief of Police Terrence Gordon for Thornton Police Department, Adams County Commissioners, and the City of Thornton. This collaborative network is designed to nurture youth in the community, within the shelter, and across every facet of their lives.