An open house will be held for the new Arise Youth Center/Reception Center and Shelter Care programs of LSS in partnership with Minnehaha County. The open house will be Friday, July 15 from 9 am to noon at the LSS Center for Children and Youth located at 621 E. Presentation St., Sioux Falls.
The Reception Center is where law enforcement can transport youth in custody to wait in a safe environment prior to being picked up by a parent or approved adult. Reception Center staff complete screenings and offer resources to the youth and their parent or guardian. The Reception Center has served 226 youth since its opening in March.
When returning home isn’t an immediate option, one recommendation may be Shelter Care. Shelter Care provides temporary care, 30 days or less, and can be an alternative to going into a secure detention facility when the youth does not require that level of service. Shelter Care assists youth and their parent or guardian through a screening process to identify needs, community resources, and a discharge plan in collaboration with the court system. Shelter Care strives to have a home-like atmosphere. Youth wear their own clothes, attend their local school when possible and participate in life skill building activities. The Shelter Care program has served 59 youth since opening in May.
The Arise Youth Center/Reception Center and Shelter Care programs are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year round. They are located within the LSS Center for Children and Youth. Other LSS services offered at the center include:
- Summit Oaks Center, a psychiatric residential treatment program
- Summit Oaks Day Treatment, a school-based program for youth who need additional treatment and staff support during the school day
- Specialized and Treatment Foster Care Services
- Adoption Services
- Pregnancy Counseling
- Kinship Home Study Services
“Being at one site where multiple children’s services are available for youth and their families creates an opportunity for synergy and efficiency of resources,” says Sheila Weber, Vice President of LSS Children and Youth Services. “We are pleased to partner with Minnehaha County to provide these important and much needed services to our community.”
LSS also provides Shelter Care and Reception Center services at their Arise Youth Center in Rapid City, which has been in operation for the last three years. “We are excited to have an opportunity to offer this service in Minnehaha County,” says Weber.
LSS has been an active participant Minnehaha County’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative effort since those efforts began in 2010.
LSS is a private non-profit social service agency. Last year, 50,700 lives were touched through a variety of services offered through LSS statewide. Core services offered by LSS include adoption, pregnancy counseling, foster care, kinship services, childcare & education, disaster response, mental health counseling, Fatherhood & Re-entry Services, Center for Financial Resources, residential services for children & youth, detention alternatives, independent living services for young adults, mentoring, Better Together and Center for New Americans. LSS serves people of all ages, races, faiths and economic levels with professional, confidential and affordable services. LSS services are licensed by the State of South Dakota and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. LSS is a United Way agency.