When a young person finds himself or herself in trouble with the juvenile justice system, Shelter Care may be recommended by the county intake officer or judge. This is ideal when placement in a secure detention facility is not required, but being released back home to a parent or guardian isn’t an immediate option either.
LSS already offers Shelter Care in the Rapid City area and is now offering this care at New Beginnings Center in Aberdeen. Shelter Care is temporary group care that provides living accommodations, and assists youth and their parents or guardians to identify needs, find community resources and develop a discharge plan in collaboration with the courts. LSS is able to help young people and their families find solutions to their challenges and make plans for a better future.
Shelter Care services were created through the efforts of the state’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in Minnehaha and Pennington Counties. JDAI efforts are now expanding statewide.