The Price for Peace: Juvenile Receiving Center Services

youth_servicesBy JD Green, Youth Services Crisis Services Manager

At Youth Services we appreciate our partnerships with law enforcement agencies and community partners. It can be difficult to determine what services and resources are needed to assist youth and their families when circumstances are emotionally charged. Our Juvenile Receiving Centers and the services exist because youth don’t come with owner’s manuals.

Law enforcement officers from any agency can bring youth ages 10 to 17 to the Juvenile Receiving Centers (JRC) where our staff will assist with crisis situations such as status offenses like running away, ungovernable, substance abuse, and offenses youth are not being charged for such as trespassing, truancy, and delinquency. Staff can help youth who are 17 and under who are homeless and need help. JRC can also assist in more serious situations that might include abuse or neglect. Free crisis counseling, referrals and short-term placement for youth ages 8-17 is also available. Youth may also come to the facility on their own or parents may bring youth in for individual or family crisis counseling. No appointment is needed to access JRC services.

We know how important time is in the work of law enforcement. At JRC it is our goal to assist officers with what they require within a timeframe of twenty minutes. JRC staff can help locate and contact the parents or legal guardians, assess if the youth is a danger to themselves or others, and help formulate a safety plan that will outline resources and services available to the youth and family.

All situations have unique qualities that can be assessed by Youth Services staff and a plan created to meet the needs for the youth and their family. The plan can include referrals to community resources, counseling services with our on-site therapists, or groups that address a wide variety of issues facing the youth of our community. Staff can determine through an assessment if the youth and family will benefit from a time-out of a couple of hours or, for youth 12 years and older, an over-night stay is necessary in our on-site Crisis Residential unit.

Salt Lake County Youth Services Juvenile Receiving Center Locations:

Youth Services Main Facility:
177 W Price Avenue (3610 S)
South Salt Lake, UT 84115
Hours: 24/7
Phone: 385-468-4500

Riverton Location:
1262 W 12700 S
Riverton, UT 84065
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM to 6 PM
Phone: 385-468-4610

For more information about our Juvenile Receiving Centers, or if you or someone you know needs help, please contact us at 385-468-4500 or you can visit

This entry was posted in Communication Tips, Family Counseling, Homeless Youth, Mental Health, Mental Health, Parenting Tips, Safe Place, SLCO, Substance Abuse, Teen Counseling, Treatment. Bookmark the permalink.

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