Clark County and Henderson officials and community partners announced the grand opening of a fifth Harbor Juvenile Assessment Center in the Las Vegas Valley in the city of Henderson at 98 E. Lake Mead Pkwy., Suite 207, in the St. Rose Dominican Medical Plaza off Boulder Highway.
The Harbor offers diversion services to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system by helping families cope with problem behavior or delinquency before issues potentially escalate into more serious trouble. Signs that a child or youth may need help include depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol use, isolation, bullying or changes in behavior. Since opening in October 2016, the Harbor has served more than 17,000 local youth and their families. To date, counseling, mentoring and a variety of life skills classes have been the top areas of service referrals
“Thanks to the collaboration with Henderson, our Department of Juvenile Justice Services and multiple community partners, we can now celebrate the opening of a Harbor location in the southeast Las Vegas Valley, said Clark County Commission Vice Chair Jim Gibson, whose Commission District G includes Henderson. “The Harbor has a proven success record at improving the lives of youth and families. Our goal is to make the program accessible to any family who needs it, day or night, seven days a week, regardless of parent work schedules or transportation issues children and their families may face.”
“The opening of a Harbor Juvenile Assessment Center in Henderson will bring critical supportive services to our community to help at-risk youth and their families who might otherwise get lost in the juvenile justice system,” said Henderson Mayor Debra March. “By providing early intervention and improving access to the appropriate resources, we can keep Henderson kids in school and ensure they have a bright future.”
The city of Henderson is paying to lease the office space for the new program location and is covering the costs of renovating former medical clinic into space that will accommodate the Harbor program. The 2,000-square-feet location includes a reception area, youth-friendly lounge and play area, offices and a conference room for holding meetings and classes.
Parents are encouraged to reach out to any Harbor location for guidance support. The Harbor’s website is www.theharborlv.com, and its main telephone number is (702) 455-6912. All locations operate seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other Harbor sites are at 861 N. Mojave Road off Washington Avenue; 3001 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., in North Las Vegas south of Cheyenne Avenue; 6161 W. Charleston Boulevard in Building 2 of the state of Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services campus off Jones Boulevard; and 2000 E. Flamingo Road at Bruce Street.
The new Henderson location will be managed by Eagle Quest, a provider of counseling, behavioral health and family preservation services, as a public-private partnership. Eagle Quest also manages the Harbor locations on West Charleston, East Flamingo Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Some agency partners have staff on site at all Harbor locations, while others receive referrals based on the needs of children and families being served by the program. In addition to Clark County and the local cities, partnering agencies that support the Harbor and its clients include the Clark County School District, the Nevada Departments of Health and Human Services and Child and Family Services, Clark County Family Court, the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, area police departments, Three Square and several nonprofit organizations.
Originally based at the Family Court complex on Pecos and Bonanza, the Harbor relocated in January 2018 to its campus on Mojave Road. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department donated the location, formerly used as a police training center, to serve as a permanent home for the Harbor and the community’s Family Justice Center. The two programs are separate but offer similar one-stop service models to clients. The Family Justice Center, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, offers collaborative services from multiple agencies to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Victims can file police reports, obtain temporary protection orders, counseling, advocacy and housing assistance from the center.
To date, about 25 percent of The Harbor’s clients are walk-ins from the community, brought to the center by parents or caregivers seeking guidance with their children. Most of the Harbor’s clients are referred by the School District. Other referrals come directly from police dropping kids off at a Harbor location instead of the juvenile detention center or intake staff at the detention center diverting kids to a Harbor if they have been arrested for a first-time or low-level offense. Anyone in the community who believes a child or family could be served by the Harbor, including coaches, ministers, and relatives, is encouraged to contact the program for referrals to local resources. Officials say troublesome youth behavior may be rooted in unmet mental health or substance abuse issues. It also could be symptomatic of issues going on with the family that can be addressed through community service providers.
During the 2017 Legislative session, the state provided funding to allow the Harbor to open its second location on Charleston Boulevard and expand hours of operation at the Mojave location. Funding from the 2019 Legislative session provided for the expansion of the Harbor to additional locations. The TPOP program evolved from the Harbor to address the underlying causes of truancy and chronic absenteeism, which are recognized as significant obstacles to student achievement and success later in life . Officials say the reasons children miss school can include health problems and family struggles such as housing instability, food insecurity and child-care issues. The phone number for TPOP is (702) 455-7911. Additional information can be found at the haborlv.com.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.