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Harbor Program celebrates anniversary helping families

Posted at 12:58 PM, Oct 14, 2020

Clark County and local and state partners are hosting a community open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19, to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Harbor Juvenile Assessment Center program in the Las Vegas Valley.

The Harbor was established as a pilot project in 2016 to offer diversion services to prevent children and teens from entering the juvenile justice system.

There now are four, full-service Harbor locations in the community, including two new ones that began operating in August. Due to COVID-19 limitations, the open house will take place at the Harbor’s campus at 861 N. Mojave Road off Washington Avenue.

Drop-in visitors are welcome throughout the day to tour the facility and learn about the services offered at all Harbor locations. Temperatures checks, face coverings and social distancing are required.

The Harbor is designed to address problem behavior and delinquency before issues potentially escalate into more serious trouble, and to connect youth and their families with services. Counseling, mentoring, substance abuse treatment and a variety of life skills classes are the top areas of service referrals.

Signs that a youth may need help include anxiety, drug or alcohol use, isolation, bullying, changes in behavior, and truancy and absenteeism from school. COVID-19 also is a source of stress and difficulty for many youth and families seeking services at the Harbor.

All Harbor locations are open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. because of COVID-19 concerns, families are offered the option of assessments and appointments by phone, online or in-person. Many Harbor services are being offered through online programs and platforms. While appointments are recommended for in-person client visits, all sites will attempt to accommodate walk-ins if families are in crisis.

The Harbor’s website can be found here. Its main telephone number is (702) 455-6912.

In addition to the Mojave Road campus, other locations are:

- 6161 W. Charleston Boulevard in Building 2 of the state of Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services campus off Jones Boulevard

- 3001 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., south of Cheyenne Avenue

- 2000 E. Flamingo Road east of Spencer Street in the Greystone Building complex