Consolidated Youth Services, Inc.
4220 Stadium Blvd
Jonesboro, AR 72404
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- Educational Programs.
- Drug & Alcohol treatment.
- Therapy services for residents.
- Life skills development.
- Community Service activities.
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Hours of Operation24hrs. 7 days a week
Consolidated Youth Services, Inc. (CYS) is a 501c3 private, non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors. The three (3) County Judges of Craighead, Poinsett, and Greene Counties incorporated the organization in March 1979, as the successor organization to Craighead County Youth Home. The organization was established for the purpose of providing community-based services for the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency.
In April 1979, CYS assumed the operation of the Craighead County youth shelter located at 4220 Stadium Boulevard, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and also initiated outreach treatment services in Craighead, Mississippi and Poinsett Counties. In October 1981, CYS received the contract with the Division of Youth Services to provide all residential and outreach services for the seven (7) counties (Craighead, Poinsett, Greene, Mississippi, Clay, Randolph, and Lawrence) in Northeast Arkansas.
In 1988 Consolidated Youth Services was awarded a Federal grant for the purpose of providing services to assist runaway and homeless youth in Northeast Arkansas. CYS has to compete for these Federal funds every three years. We have successfully applied for and been awarded a Federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Grant since 1988.
In March 1996, the University of Arkansas Medical Center grant writers contacted Consolidated Youth Services administrative staff and asked the agency to participate in a joint project proposal to develop a continuum of services for the treatment of adolescent sex offenders in Arkansas. As a result, CYS implemented residential and outpatient services for adolescent sexual perpetrators through a contract with University of Arkansas Medical Center. In 1998 Consolidated Youth Services applied for and was awarded a license to provide residential sex offender treatment for adolescents. In 1997, Consolidated Youth Services entered into a contract with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to provide residential and outpatient sex offender treatment services for clients of the Division of Youth Services and Division of Children and Family Services.
In July 1996, the Division of Youth Services awarded CYS a contract for all community-based youth services for the 2nd Judicial District (Craighead, Greene, Poinsett, Mississippi, Crittenden, and Clay) Counties. Due to the fact that Crittenden County had a well-established youth services program, CYS subcontracted with that agency, East Arkansas Youth Services, for all community-based youth services in Crittenden County. CYS was also awarded the community-based contract for the 3rd Judicial District (Randolph, Lawrence, Jackson, and Sharp) in 1996.
In April 1997, CYS was awarded the contract to operate the Harrisburg Juvenile Treatment Program at 1800 Pine Grove Lane in Harrisburg, Arkansas. The Juvenile Treatment Program is funded through a contract with the Division of Youth Services. Services are provided in a staff-secure community-based residential treatment program. The facility serves chronic and serious delinquent boys ages 14-17 that have been placed in the custody of the Division of Youth Services.
In July 1998, the Division of Youth Services asked CYS to assume the operation of a second Juvenile Treatment Program located at Colt, Arkansas after the Division terminated the contract with the Associated Marine Institute of Florida. In March 1999, DYS issued a Request for Proposals for contracts for all Juvenile Treatment Programs in Arkansas. CYS applied for and was awarded the state contract to continue to operate the Juvenile Treatment Programs at Harrisburg and Colt.
PHILOSOPHY, MISSION, & GOALS
Consolidated Youth Services is convinced that services for the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency can best be provided to youth and their families within the local community. We believe that local service providers are best able to assess and treat the problems of youth by virtue of the fact that they are more familiar with the youth, his/her family and background and environment. CYS believes that the optimum treatment setting is the youth's own home, but if that is not possible, an alternative residential placement within the community.
It is believed that treatment must include the family and other significant persons to offer the best chances of success. This type of treatment can be best facilitated if the child remains within the community. If the child is removed from the environment where the problems developed, it is difficult for treatment staff to determine when treatment has been successful since they are observing youth in an artificial environment. "Acceptable" behavior in an artificial environment may or may not continue when the youth returns to his original environment. For this reason, CYS strives to provide youth with the opportunity to be a part of the local community whenever possible.
CYS believes that youth must be given the opportunity to develop the competencies they need to live freely and successfully in the community while at the same time the safety of the community must be assured. For this reason, we believe that youth should be provided the supervision and treatment services appropriate and necessary to safely reintegrate them into the community. CYS policy and procedures are developed to address the safety of the community as well as the needs of the youth we serve. Youth are provided as much freedom to move within the community as can be allowed while still assuring the safety of the public. We believe that youth should be held accountable for their behavior and that one element of treatment should include the youth's acceptance of responsibility for his/her own behavior.
It is our goal to provide youth with a safe, treatment environment that offers them a multitude of activities to develop social, academic, and vocational competencies. Consolidated Youth Services provides intervention services to assist youth to develop attitudes, social skills, and competencies necessary to live a law-abiding life. These new attitudes and skills will assure youth the opportunity to function effectively at home, in school, in the community, and ultimately in the work force.
Consolidated Youth Services continually strives to develop strong, cooperative relationships with the service community and particularly with law enforcement and the justice system. This relationship helps ensure services and opportunities are available to youth that will aid in rehabilitation. We strive to convince the community, through example, that community-based treatment for youth is desirable and preferable to institutional commitment.