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Youth Center of High Plains

Our Mission

The mission of the Youth Center of the High Plains is to provide quality secure pre-adjudication detention services and a continuum of quality post-adjudication residential services. These services are to be provided in a way that assures a safe, structured, secure yet positive environment for youthful offenders while promoting the safety and welfare of the community in a professional, healthy workplace so that those served will have a better opportunity to become self-sufficient, productive, law-abiding citizens upon their release.

Our Philosophy

The Youth Center of the High Plains believes:

  • All individuals have intrinsic value or worth.
  • All individuals should be held accountable for their behaviors.
  • All individuals have the capacity to change.
  • We are an essential part of the change process.

History

The Youth Center of the High Plains is owned and operated by Randall County, Texas. It began operations in January 1993. Twenty-seven counties in the Panhandle region contract for services and over 6,000 youth have been served.

Programs

The Youth Center has four main programs: Detention, Intensive Intervention Program, Constructive Living Unit, and the Next Step Home. All of the programs require a court order from a Juvenile Court for the child to be placed.

Detention Program Description
The Youth Center of the High Plains offers a secure detention facility for juveniles, of both genders, primarily for the youth of the Texas Panhandle. The program is designed with emphasis on the positives. Privileges are based on an earn/non-earn basis. The youth are provided the opportunity to learn and practice rational behavior training and appropriate social skills.

Intensive Intervention Program Description
The Intensive Intervention Program (IIP) is, generally, a twelve week, secure intermediate sanctions program for both genders from ages ten (10) to seventeen (17). The program is located in a separate unit of the Youth Center of the High Plains. The IIP program serves adjudicated youth primarily from the Panhandle Region of Texas; however, juveniles from other parts of Texas will be considered as openings are available. Residents of the IIP program earn a system of rewards, levels, and privileges as a group. The group's overall good behavior and hard work determines the rewards, levels, and privileges they receive not the individual. This encourages the skills of teamwork and cooperation.

Constructive Living Unit Program Description
The Constructive Living Unit is a secure, therapeutic residential correctional program located in a separate unit of the Youth Center of the High Plains. The program was developed for the more mature, serious, chronic offender who is not a danger to himself or others and who is either not appropriate or has not been successful in an open setting. Juveniles served are of both sexes, generally, between the ages of 15 and 17, with consideration given to younger offenders who are more mature. The program primarily services the Panhandle Region of Texas; however, juveniles from other parts of Texas will be considered, as openings are available.

The programming of the Constructive Living Unit is based on a cognitive behavioral approach to learning and making changes. The program is structural and confrontational. There is considerable emphasis placed on each individual's thinking errors and toward building empathy.

Next Step Youth Home
The Next Step Youth Home is a residential program located in a separate unit on the grounds of the Youth Center of the High Plains. The program was developed for the juvenile offender who is not a danger to himself or others, who is either not appropriate or has not been successful in an open setting, and has a willingness to take part in the ongoing development of independent living, moral, and social skills. Juveniles served are of both sexes, between the ages of 10 and 17, with preference given to mature, sophisticated 15 to 17 year-olds. The program primarily services the Panhandle Region of Texas; however, juveniles from other parts of Texas will be considered, as openings are available. The programming of the Next Step Youth Home is based on a cognitive behavioral approach to learning and making changes. The program is structural and confrontational. There is considerable emphasis placed on each individual's independent living, moral, and social skills. Residents receive intense on-site services as well as contractual services outside of the facility as warranted.

Contact Information

Youth Center of the High Plains
Phone: (806) 468-5708

Email - rcjp@rcjp.com