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Division of Youth Services

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides effective prevention, intervention, and treatment programs for youth involved in the Arkansas juvenile justice system. Our goals are simple: give youth and families the opportunities and services they need to be successful in a way that ensures public safety.

The purpose of the juvenile justice system is getting youth treatment – not punishment – so that they can flourish when they return to their homes and communities. We use different strategies to help youth become productive and responsible members of society:

DYS also works to lead reform efforts and collaborate with juvenile judges, schools, and others working to prevent most youth from ever needing legal intervention and our services. When youth are placed in our care for treatment, we believe it is important that their families have a voice in their treatment and are active in treatment as they are critical to youth success.

Our division is divided into several sections:

If you have an issue or concern relating to the health, safety, welfare, education, programing, or quality of life of the youth at a DYS contracted facility, please email DYSComplaints@dhs.arkansas.gov.

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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