Area Youth Shelter, Inc. is a not-for-profit community organization in Ada, OK that advocates, assists and facilitates community based counseling and care. Our professional and knowledgeable staff provide exceptional and passionate services at school, home and in the office. Our structured process of emergency shelter care, community counseling, socialization, recreation, and educational assistance make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families.
We accept various forms of insurance so that no child is turned away due to their inability to pay
Our counseling team is made up of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC). They have been working with children and adults for a combined total of over 22 years.
Founded in 1971, Area Youth Shelter and Services was one of the first agencies in Oklahoma to provide Emergency Shelter and counseling services. Local Judge McKeel decided young people should not be placed in jails, so he and a number of other community members started Ada's first youth shelter.
Substance Abuse Outpatient Counseling
Services offered include:
Behavioral Health Outpatient Counseling
Services offered include:
Emergency Youth Shelter
This program provides quality, short-term residential care to youth between the ages of 5 and 17 who are temporarily displaced from their home, in crisis, without a safe home, in need of respite, or in between placements.
Shelter can only be requested by a child’s legal guardian—generally, the custodial parent, the child’s caseworker (for youth in state custody) or juvenile services.
The Shelter can accommodate up to six males and six females at a time. Residents receive 24-hour supervision and care; health screenings; any needed tutoring or other academic services; recreational opportunities; life skills training; and any needed mental health or substance abuse counseling services. No fees are charged for this Program.
This service is provided to individuals or families who have been ordered to have visitation with their child(ren) supervised by a neutral third-party.
This service is offered when no reporting about the visitation is required as well as when reporting back to the court, caseworker, or other entity is required (regarding details about the visitation).
Community At-Risk Services (CARS)
Community At-Risk Services (CARS) began as an Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) administrative initiative to transition service delivery from multiple providers to the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services Agencies. The purpose of this program is to provide community based services to juveniles in custody or under the supervision of OJA to prevent out-of-home placement and to reintegrate juveniles returning from out-of-home placements.
Services provided to these juveniles include counseling, assessment and evaluation services, tutoring, and mentoring. The target population includes juveniles in OJA custody, on probation, or on deferred prosecution agreements with a primary emphasis on those juveniles that are medium or high risk. No fees are charged for this program since referrals from OJA are funded through the OJA Community Based Youth Services contract or paid for through Medicaid, when eligible.
"It's My Life" First Time Offender Program (FTOP)
The First Time Offender Program is a 6-week, 12 hour educational group for youth at-risk of or who are already first-time involved with the law. This Program is parent/child-centered and designed to equip youth to handle difficult decisions, communicate appropriately with authority figures, manage their feelings, and develop pro-social skills. Most clients are referred by Juvenile Services but some referrals come from local schools, DHS, the court system, or parents if the youth is behaving in a way that could be considered a legal offense. No fees are charged for this Program.
Jeanette Matthews, Shelter Manager has been employed with Area Youth Service for over 28 years. Her passion in working with children is just one of her exceptional qualities. She is an excellent caregiver for our residents.
Yolanda Cummings, LADC, LPC, Executive Director/Clinical Supervisor - Clinical Supervisor for Behavioral Health Outpatient Program & a Board Approved LPC & LADC Supervisor certified in alcohol & drug assessments; is trauma trained and has extensive experience with PTSD, depressive disorders, and anxiety with most age groups.
Delinda Tollett, LPC- Candidate Within My Reach Program facilitator; has special training and experience working with trauma, sexual abuse issues, substance abuse, depression, suicide, and utilization of other strengths-based therapies.
Connie Martin, LPC- Candidate First Time Offender Program facilitator—has special training and experience in co-occurring (mental health and substance abuse) issues, independent living skills for teens.
Area Youth Shelter & Services, Inc.
901 West 18th St
Ada, OK 74820
Mon - Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
(or by appointment)
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