Crisis Shelter Services

The purpose of the Crisis program is to provide a time out for youth and their families to identify issues causing potential or actual removal from home. YDS staff works with the families to assist them in resolving the issues, provide intervention services and in the case of placement, reunify the family as soon as possible. Referrals to the program can be made by parents, guardians, social workers, therapists, law enforcement, school personnel, the court and youth self-referrals.
This program can serve youth 10 to 17 years of age. Beds are available to youth in need of temporary emergency shelter. Youth may be placed for up to 30 days. Youth from anywhere in Wyoming can utilize a crisis bed. We also accept runaways from other states waiting for transport home.

The immediate physical, medical, and emotional needs of the youth are assessed at intake. Referrals for additional follow-up services are made to appropriate agencies before the youth is released from the program.

There is no cost to families to participate in this program. Costs incurred over and above reimbursement from the state are made up with fundraising, grant writing, and support from local government. A block grant from the Wyoming Department of Family Services covers part of the cost of providing this resource. Grant monies from the Wyoming Community Foundation also help support operating costs.