In partnership with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, all 25 LVCCLD locations are officially designated Safe Place sites. Each library branch will display the nationally recognized yellow and black diamond Safe Place sign at their entrances alerting youth in crisis they can seek help inside, where library staff have been specially trained to assist youth in crisis.
Under the license of the National Safe Place Network, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth has operated the Safe Place program in Southern Nevada since 2002, providing safety to hundreds of youth over the years. It is the only youth-focused mobile crisis intervention program in the region, providing around-the-clock services and support to vulnerable youth in need. Safe Place provides a critical safety net for all children, removing them from dangerous situations and connecting them to a wide range of further services, such as shelter, housing, education, employment assistance, child welfare, and other services offered by NPHY or through its extensive partner and referral network.
Through NPHY's partnerships with local businesses and government agencies, youth in Southern Nevada can access a Safe Place site by walking into one of the hundreds of designated locations, hopping on a bus for a free ride to a Safe Place site, or by calling the toll-free crisis hotline at 1-866-U-ARE-SAFE (1-866-827-3723) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon seeking help, youth are immediately connected to a crisis responder who either provides referral information or instructions on getting to the nearest Safe Place location for in-person assistance. Upon arrival to a designated Safe Place site, the youth is moved to a secure location and within 30 minutes, a trained NPHY crisis responder meets the youth, assesses the situation using a trauma-informed approach, and, depending on unique needs and circumstances, transports the youth to an appropriate location – NPHY Drop-In Center, NPHY emergency shelters or a partner agency site – for further services or sometimes back home.
For additional information, please visit NPHY.org.