The District Heights Family & Youth Services Center prides itself in creating programs that are beneficial to all participants. Programs are offered in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. We are constantly looking to create and implement new programs that pro-actively help our community prosper. The programs currently in place include the Children In Need of Supervision Program (CINS), Visionary Youth Program, and the Student Mental Health and Reduced Truancy (SMHART) Program.
Children In Need of Supervision Program (CINS)
The Children in Need of Supervision Program is a partnership between Prince George’s County Department of Juvenile Services, located in Upper Marlboro and District Heights Family and Youth Services Center. The goal of the CINS services are to prevent pre-delinquent youth in Prince George’s County from entering the Juvenile Justice System. The CINS Program provides families with:
- Crisis Intervention
- Risk and Needs Assessment
- Family and group counseling
Children in need of supervision are defined as children or adolescents who exhibit acting out or pre-delinquent behaviors. Youth served may be male or female between the ages of 8 and 18. CINS youth are often involved in status offenses, which are crimes that only pertain to juveniles, for example, curfew violations, underage drinking, or truancy. Ungovernable youth or frequent runaways also fall under this category. Youth who have been adjudicated or are on probation are not appropriate for the CINS Program.
Visionary Youth Program
Our goal is to support our community’s youth by also offering additional services beyond our traditional clinical core.
The Family and Youth Services Center offers free weekly tutoring during the school year to youth in elementary and middle school. The tutoring program is operating on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 during the 2014-2015 academic year. Registration is required. Adult volunteers are needed to help assist with this opportunity.
For more information about these services please contact:
District Heights Family and Youth Services Center at: 301 -336-7600 or 301-952-5498
Announcements regarding these services can also be found in the Herald.
Student Mental Health and Reduced Truancy Program (SMHART)
District Heights Family and Youth Services Center provides onsite free counseling services one day per week to middle schools students at Thurgood Marshall, Drew Freeman, Oxon Hill, and Andrew Jackson.
The SMHART Program provides therapy, truancy prevention and education to the children and families of Prince George’s County. The SMHART therapist in each school provides therapy, crisis intervention, group sessions, case management, and referrals. In addition to truancy reduction, the goal of the SMHARTProgram is to help students realize their potential by becoming aware of mental or behavioral activities which may be current hindrances to school success. We expect that through participation, students will learn new skills and new ways of thinking and behaving that will affect positive change in their school attendance and overall well-being. We are pleased that the SMHART Progam has been made possible with support from the Governor’s Office for Children (GOC), Prince George’s County Local Management Board and Prince George’s County Public Schools.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Executive Director of District Heights Family and Youth Services Center at 301-336-7600.