WCS Youth Shelter Care Program in Partnership with Milwaukee County
Nichole Yunk Todd
WCS Administrator of Youth Services
Program Director of Youth Shelter Care
Bahiya House and Rashid House
Our youth shelters (Bahiya House for girls and Rashid House for boys) provide short-term (typically about 30 days), non-secure, supervised residential programming for youth. Youth Shelter Care is designed to be an alternative to Secure Detention placements. The overall goal is to provide youth a safe, nurturing, and well-maintained environment, ensure court appearances, increase school attendance and reduce the likelihood of re-offense.
• Staff trained in Evidence-Based Practices (Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care)
• Evidence-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Thinking For A Change and Aggression Replacement Training)
• Ongoing staff development and training (Mandated Reporting, Ethics and Boundaries, First Aid training, Suicide
Prevention, De-escalation and Crisis Intervention techniques)
• Community Building Workshops
• Family engagement and participation
• Recreational activities on-site and in the community
• Groups for youth on-site (Mindfulness, healthy relationships, AODA education, job readiness, life skills, etc.)
• Transportation to school, to medical or dental services, and for supervised community service
• Tutoring services on-site
Benefits of Participation
► Youth will be engaged in school programming and other activities which support positive growth and development.
► Youth will participate in community activities to increase learning and =connect them with positive resources.
► Youth will be more likely to appear in court and less likely to re-offend as a result of participation in the program.
Youth are placed in Shelter Care by a Children’s Court Judge when pending court for alleged delinquent activity. Youth involved with the juvenile justice system may also be placed in Shelter Care at the discretion of the Delinquency Court Services Division or the Children’s Court for violations of supervision or court orders.
2017 Program Outcomes
► 95% of youth will attend scheduled court hearings.
► Less than 5% of youth days in care will have critical incidents.
► 95% of youth will not have a re-offense while in Shelter Care.
► 90% of youth’s assigned school days will be attended.