Ports in the region offering summer support for families and young people

Families and young people who need counselling, tutoring and other support services over the summer are reminded that Harbor’s Juvenile Assessment Program is here to help.

The Port has five locations in the Las Vegas Valley open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help families deal with behavioral issues and other concerns. Signs that children and teens may need help include depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol use, isolation, bullying, delinquency, or behavior changes. Appointments can be made by calling the main program number at (702) 455-6912. Visits without an appointment are accepted. Locations and more information about the program are listed on its website at www.theharborlv.com.

“The pandemic has taken a toll on our community and our families, and the transition to in-person learning at school has been difficult for many children,” said Jack Martin, director of county juvenile justice services. de Clark, who oversees the Harbor program in coordination. with several community partners. “We encourage young people and families to get in touch with the Port if they need services to get a fresh start over the summer so they can have a great school year this fall.

The Harbor began in 2016 as a pilot program to provide diversion services to prevent young people from entering the juvenile justice system. Counselling, mentoring, addiction treatment and life skills courses are the main areas of referral. Community partners supporting port operations include the Clark County School District, Clark County Department of Family Services, cities and area police departments, health and human services departments of Nevada and Child and Family Services, Clark County Family Court, Clark County District Attorney. Office, Eagle Quest, Three Square and several non-profit organizations.

Because of its success working with youth and families, Clark County expanded the port and created the Absenteeism Prevention Awareness Program (TPOP). TPOP has evolved from port work with families and community partners to address the underlying causes of school truancy and chronic absenteeism. Student absences are often rooted in issues that the program helps address, including health issues and family difficulties such as housing instability, food insecurity, and childcare issues, all of which have been made worse for many families during the pandemic.

To date, the port has served over 23,000 youth and families. About 25 percent of Harbor clients are walk-in clients from the community, brought to the center by parents or caregivers seeking counseling with their children. Another 35 percent are families referred to the port by school district and government partners. Other references come directly from the police dropping off children at a port instead of the juvenile detention center or from the reception staff at the detention center diverting children to a port if they have been arrested for a first infraction or minor infraction. Anyone in the community who thinks a child or family could be served by the port, including coaches, ministers and loved ones, is encouraged to contact the program for referral to local resources.
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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 8 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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