North Carolina Division of Juvenile Justice and Eckerd Announce Opening of New Community Based Services in Lumberton

Media Advisory
CONTACT: William Lassiter
, Community Programs State Administrator
(919) 743-8180 or (919) 218-2901

Lumberton, NC (June 14, 2012) – The Department of Public Safety Division of Juvenile Justice in partnership with Eckerd will hold an Open House event to celebrate the new Community Based Services in Lumberton on June 15.  Leaders from the Division of Juvenile Justice and Eckerd will join community members, lawmakers, government officials, and juvenile justice representatives in celebrating the opening of this vital resource for the community and the State.

Eckerd’s new Community Based Services in Lumberton, North Carolina, are designed to address the emotional and behavioral needs of youth and their families as a juvenile justice dispositional alternative. High risk boys and girls, ages 13 to 17, are referred for services by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety/ Division of Juvenile Justice as a dispositional alternative.  Youth are referred for services in the following situations: (1) to maintain youth in their communities as a dispositional alternative to residential placement; (2) to maintain youth in their community while they await residential placement; (3) to provide support and services to the family while the youth is receiving treatment in a residential placement; and (4) to provide transitional services for youth returning to their home communities from a residential placement.

Part of Eckerd’s new community-based delivery system in North Carolina to rehabilitate youth and improve outcomes, these services are family-focused, highly-effective, cost-efficient and evidence-based. Individualized treatment plans include wrap-around services, evidence-based interventions, and family support through a network of community resources designed to strengthen the family unit and promote eventual self-sufficiency and last an average of six months. For more information visit Eckerd.org.

The Lumberton Community Based Care Open House event is scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2012, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Eckerd, 615 North Elm Street, Lumberton, NC 28358.  A brief program will begin at 10:30 am with remarks from Department and Eckerd leaders.