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May 21, 2008

DHHS Contact: Jeanne Atkinson, (402) 471-8287

Youth Links Triage Center Ribbon Cutting

When: Thursday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m.

What: Open House for Youth Links, the new18-bed juvenile justice triage center. Youth Links was created through a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services, Heartland Family Service and Boys Town.

Where: 815 Dorcas Street, Omaha, NE

Join Governor Dave Heineman as he cuts the ribbon to open this innovative, first-of-its-kind service for juvenile offenders in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. (Juvenile offenders are youth breaking laws such as truancy or being a runaway or youth breaking criminal law.)

Youth Links services will include: family preservation, anger management classes, crisis stabilization, drug and alcohol education, drug testing, electronic monitoring, family group conferencing, and independent life skills.