The Utah Department of Juvenile Justice Services has a Youth Services program that exists to try and keep kids out of the juvenile justice system by changing their focus to positive, active pursuits. Youth services are for kids who have a minor or non-existent delinquent history.
Some FAQs about Youth Services
• 24-hour crisis counseling to youths and families
• Services are provided free-of-charge
Kids who have access to Youth Services include:
• Those who have family problems
• Ungovernable youth
• Those who’ve committed some offenses
Both parents and youth can use Youth Services, even if the child isn’t involved in the juvenile justice system.
What Happens When You Get to Youth Services
• Basic information is obtained from the child or adult
• The juvenile is assessed for risks such as mental health needs and substance/alcohol abuse
What is Available at a Youth Service Facility?
• Crisis counseling
• Therapy—group, individual, family
• Support and education groups
• Possible residential placements (these are voluntary)
• Assessment of each child’s situation
In some circumstances, a juvenile may stay at a youth service facility for a short period of time. If a longer placement is necessary, arrangements may be made at certain facilities.
When you have a child in need of legal assistance, don’t hesitate to contact a Utah juvenile defense attorney. It is appropriate to take advantage of state resources when applicable, but no one stands in better than an experienced juvenile attorney when your child is facing legal troubles.