You’re invited! In celebration of a new Day Treatment Substance Abuse Program and in honor of National Safe Place Week, Youth Services Riverton office will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, March 16, 2011 from 4 – 6 PM.
Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth will kick off the open house at 1262 West, 12700 South, to be followed by comments from Youth Services Director Pat Berckman.
“We want to give the Riverton community an opportunity to learn about available resources to youth and families and why they are so valuable, especially in light of initial budget discussions this legislative session to eliminate funding for receiving centers,” Berckman said.
We posted an article about Legislature’s Proposal to Close Juvenile Receiving Centers Statewide in February. Since then funding for receiving centers has been restored to the Utah State budget for 2011. However, Juvenile Justice Services, which contracts with Youth Services, is still slated for budget cuts. We will post updates as we learn about them.
Along with a tour of the Juvenile Receiving Center, the Open House willl highlight all Riverton programs including free individual and family counseling, crisis management and substance abuse treatment.
The Day Treatment Substance Abuse program is the only day treatment program offered in the southwest end of the valley. Treatment is available for up to 8 youth and includes education, skill building groups, counseling, family support, recreational therapy and service opportunities.
Youth Services is also the only Safe Place agency in Utah. Safe Place is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing immediate help and resources to youth in crisis. About 90 Safe Place sites are operating in Salt Lake County in public locations, such as fire stations and recreation centers. Youth can walk into a Safe Place site and Youth Services can provide resources or transportation.