Alternative Lock-up

Adolescence can be difficult and sometimes young people make poor decisions. At CHD we believe that swift and appropriate intervention can make a difference to youth. Our Alternative Lock-Up Program allows youth 17 years of age and younger  who are in police custody to be held in a safe place, separate from adult offenders or police department holding cells, while they await arraignment or a court date.  During an overnight or weekend stay, youth are kept safe, provided support, and supervised to ensure their appearance in court.  Whether the youth has committed a non-violent or violent offense, , we focus on providing  suitable care for them immediately, starting with ensuring proper placement.  These placement options range from foster care to secure residential treatment programs, all providing care to youth with dignity and respect.

For more information, contact:

Program Director: Jim Williams
246 Park Street
West Springfield, MA 01089