The Harbor - A Safe Place for Guidance


The Harbor - A Safe Place for Guidance

Juvenile Assessment Center


The mission of The Harbor is to provide a safe place for guidance and to be responsive to the well-being of youth, families, victims, and the Clark County Community by providing meaningful services to youth and families to address their immediate needs. Various providers have partnered with The Harbor. The types of programming these providers offer include tutoring, mentoring, drug education, conflict resolution, anger control, social skills training, job skills development, counseling sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy and a variety of other programs.


The Harbor opened in October 2016 at a temporary location on Pecos Road next to the Family Court Building as a collaborative effort among many community partners with the goal of keeping children and teens out of the local juvenile justice system by connecting them with services they and their families need. The program has served almost 3,000 local youth and their families since its debut. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department donated space for the Harbor at its former training center, located about 1 mile north of the Harbor's former location. The new location also shares space with the Family Justice Center, a separate program for domestic violence victims.


"The Harbor has proven itself to be an effective and highly successful program that we can be proud of as a community," said Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, who has worked closely with Clark County Juvenile Justice Services Department and other agencies and civic leaders to make the project a reality. "We are grateful to Metro for donating space to us to relocate the Harbor. Our plan was always to find a more neutral, community-centered location for the Harbor away from the Family Court Complex where our Juvenile Detention Center also is located."


Thanks to $1.9 million in funding dedicated to The Harbor in the 2017 Legislative Session, the program is scheduled to expand to a 24-hour operation in February. The program offers collaborative services to youth and their families from multiple partners including Clark County's Department of Juvenile Justice Services, Clark County's Department of Family Services, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Clark County Family Court, the local cities, the Clark County School District, the Clark County District Attorney's Office, Metro, the North Las Vegas Police Department, Three Square, and several nonprofit organizations.


Like its previous facility, the layout of the Harbor includes a play area for young children, sofas and offices for conferences between family members and community service providers. To date, about 25 percent of The Harbor's clients have been walk-ins from the community. Other referrals come directly from police dropping kids off at The Harbor instead of the juvenile detention center or intake staff at the detention center diverting kids to The Harbor if they have been arrested for a first-time or low-level offense. To date, counseling, mentoring, and substance abuse treatment have been the top areas of service referrals.


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Cheryl L. Wright, LCSW , Clinical Services Manager

861 N. Mojave Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
United States of America

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