Youth Services Center
The Youth Services Center of Allen County (YSC) was established in 1979 as a county operated residential emergency shelter care. The 25-bed facility is licensed by the state Department of Child Services (DCS) and has CARF accreditation. It is a quality, non-secure, short-term emergency shelter care. Funding comes from the state Department of Child Services (DCS) and Allen County government.
Referrals are made by juvenile probation departments and the Department of Child Services (DCS). Placements are accepted from DCS defined regions, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 11. All admissions referrals must be called into the center prior to being accepted. All potential admissions must be able to use the restroom and complete basic hygiene tasks on their own. We do not accept youth that have been physically violent to peers and adults. Admissions are accepted twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. The target population is males and females ages six to eighteen with an IQ of sixty or above who have been abused or neglected or are status offenders. As an emergency shelter care, YSC serves youth in crisis who have an extreme range of social, emotional, and behavioral problems. The facility offers a stable, supportive, clean, caring environment. The maximum length of stay is twenty days unless approval for an extension is obtained from the state Department of Child services.
Medical needs are reviewed, and medical treatment is provided by the center's registered nurse and contracted physician upon admission and thereafter. The nurse monitors and continues previously ordered prescription medications that are brought to YSC. Educational needs are met by the school of origin with support from an on-grounds classroom and licensed teacher hired by Northwest Allen County Schools. There is a structured daily living format and behavioral management system which rewards positive, appropriate behaviors. Cooperative group living skills are addressed and implemented daily through trained youth care workers. Therapeutic Crisis Intervention is used to safely diffuse crises.
YSC exists to meet the needs of youth experiencing abuse and neglect and/or engaging in delinquent or self-harming behavior. A high priority is placed on minimizing the trauma of their present situation by offering a positive, stable, environment and helping them to address the realities of their immediate future with hope and encouragement.
The Youth Services Center provides area youth with a safe, structured, and caring environment.