About Turning Point:

Help with Substance Abuse Treatment, Behavior, and Mental Health

Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development was established as an emergency shelter for youth in the juvenile justice system in 1967. It has grown to become a multi-service agency offering a continuum of services including:

  • Short and long-term intensive residential substance abuse treatment for teens
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Outpatient therapies and treatment
  • Coaching and mentoring programs
  • Individualized education


Today, Turning Point is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are dedicated to turning lives around for youth needing substance abuse treatment, help with behavior or mental health issues, or a combination. We offer the broadest range of programs from outpatient services to intensive residential treatment, offering help and hope for youth and their families.

Our programs give youth the skills to make better decisions and healthier life choices. Services such as therapeutic treatment and support combine to offer a brighter future for each of the kids in our care.

We provide direct clinical intervention services to address behavioral health and substance abuse issues for high-risk youth, ultimately teaching them to make healthy life choices and smarter decisions.

Throughout Turning Point’s history, the agency has adjusted programming to respond to growing community needs. Our well-qualified staff and extensive continuum of care combined with our five decades of experience allow us to better treat youth using the programs and services they need, no matter the intensity of their troubles and challenges.

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1644 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80525, Outpatient Services
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913 11th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631, Weld Outpatient Services

Turning Point Continuum of Care

Least Restrictive to Most Restrictive Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs and Services

Testing Center

DUI Classes

Family Visitor

Coaching / Mentoring

Crisis Intervention

Individual & Family Therapy

Community-Based Services for YOS

Transitional Services

Family Care Coordination

YOS Residential Program

Boys/Girls Residential Program


Stephanie Lefke, Executive Director at Turning Point

Stephanie Lefke, LCSW

Executive Director

Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker and is certified in nonprofit management. She received both her MSW and BSW from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Stephanie first began work in the social services as a volunteer in college for a very small residential treatment center. She also worked in a special needs clinic with young kids with developmental disabilities and worked in the for-profit world in day treatment and psychiatric hospitalization. She first joined Turning Point as a counselor almost 20 years ago and has since held positions as Therapist, Program Director, Chief Operating Officer, and now Executive Director.

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Paul Christenson

Director of Business & Operations

Paul has a BA in Kinesiology and an MA in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. During graduate school at UNC, Paul discovered his passion for working with at-risk youth where he implemented outdoor/adventure programming at an alternative high school. Paul has worked for Turning Point since 1996. During that time, Paul has worked his way up through the organization serving as a Recreation Therapist, Program Coordinator, Program Director, Development Director and now Director of Business and Operations.

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Sherelle Reed, MBA

Finance and Development Director

Sherelle brings over 15 years of experience in accounting, finance, and operations management. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Most recently, as CEO of White & Elm, Sherelle expanded the company from a local brand to one with national scale availability, bringing the company valuation to seven figures within the first two years of startup. Previously, she worked at Colorado State University in several financial management roles, including Chief Financial Officer for the Infectious Disease Research Center.

Chase Zajc, Turning Point Clinical Director

Chase Zajc, MA

Clinical Director

Chase oversees programming and provides clinical support to therapists and supervisors, ensures staff is well-equipped to deliver programming, provides high-level coordination with key partners and stakeholders, and improves quality and integrates accountability with clients. Chase was formerly the Clinical Director for an Illinois agency  that provides residential, transition and outpatient programs for juvenile sex offenders and young adults.  He has vast experience in both residential and outpatient programs and created their outpatient program.  He has a MA in Professional Counseling and is working on a PhD in Organizational Leadership. Chase joined our team in June of 2021.