Services for At-Risk Teens

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The Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Youth Services Division offers free, voluntary programs to youth experiencing crises and their families. Many of these services are voluntary and equip families with the tools for better communication and problem solving.

  • 24/7 Crisis intervention and hotline
  • Mental health services
  • Temporary Emergency Shelter for youth ages12-17
  • Services for youth involved with the Justice of the Peace Court
  • Multidisciplinary Case Staffing
  • Mentoring/Coaching
  • Youth Leadership Activities

These services are offered through various programs:

Community Youth Services (CYS) is a school-based crisis intervention and case coordination program offered in 13 school districts and in the community. The goal of the CYS program is to prevent school aged youth from becoming victims of child abuse, running away, dropping out of school or entering into delinquent behavior.

TRIAD provides countywide prevention and early intervention services to divert youth from involvement with the child welfare, mental health, and/or juvenile justice systems. Services include free counseling and therapy to families of youth with serious mental health issues, JP court services, parent-youth programs, youth leadership skills, mentoring, and a 24-hour hotline for families in crisis.

Kinder Emergency Shelter provides short-term residential services for youth, ages 12-17, who are in need of shelter and care due to abuse, neglect, homelessness and/or severe family conflict.