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Crisis Center Programs Overview

The Crisis Center’s philosophy is that

“people are important,” that “people can change”and “crisis events are opportunities for change.

Safe Place/Safely Home

Safe Place provides outreach to youth in crisis. The Crisis Center program began in 1987. The program combines non-profit and profit business cooperation to help youth. Businesses display a Safe Place sign and provide a safe location. Youth are transported to safety at Alternative House where their program is addressed. Area law enforcement also cooperates by transporting youth to Alternative House through Safe Place/Safely Home.

Alternative House

Started in 1976, Alternative House is an emergency, short-term shelter for runaway, homeless, pushed out, abused or neglected youth. Professional counseling staff act as advocated to help youth deal with personal or family conflicts, preventing family deterioration.


Teen Court

Teen Court is a prevention and early intervention, youth development program. Teens who have committed an offense that has brought them to the attention of police have an opportunity to appear before a court of their peers rather than referral to juvenile authorities. Youth, trained to serve in the roles of prosecution, defense, bailiff, clerk, and jurors; hear cases and determine the sentence.


Crisis Contact Hotline

In 1971, volunteers responded to a teenage suicide by initiating a crisis line. “Rap Line” was merged in 2003 with another hotline services and is known as Crisis Contact. The line provides someone to talk through problems, referrals and is a suicide prevention service.

A 7 day a week hotline is reached at 219-938-0900 (toll free: 1-800-519-0469).

Counseling Services

Counseling Services responds to the need for low cost, quick and easily accessible professional services. Appointments may be scheduled on evening and weekends with a quick response to client’s needs by calling the Crisis Center at 938-7070. There is a $30 initial assessment fee.


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