Receiving Centers provide a location for local law enforcement to take youth after arrest for status offenses or delinquent acts that do not meet the Detention Admission Guidelines. Receiving Center staff work to find parents/guardians, evaluate the youth’s immediate needs for care, and refer them for services.
Facts About Receiving Centers
- Receiving Center staff are responsible for locating parents, assessing immediate needs, and directing the youth and family to appropriate resources.
- Youth receive crisis intervention and individual and group counseling.
- Services are offered at no charge.
- Because Receiving Centers are often co-located with or are extensions of Youth Services Centers, they are generally the entry point and assessment center for youth entering Youth Services through law enforcement.