Safe Place program FAQs
What if I need something other than housing?
If the youth is feeling unsafe for other reasons, such as feeling bullied or riding with an intoxicated driver, then Safe Place site staff can and should connect the youth with local resources, including School Counselors. If there is an altercation, illegal activity, or other heightened circumstance, staff should call 911.
If I need housing, how do I get from a Safe Place to DreamTree?
All of the NCRTD “blue buses” are mobile Safe Place sites in partnership with DreamTree Project. These, as well as Rio Arriba County Substance, Treatment, Outreach, and Prevention Program (RAC STOP) drivers, are a resource. We also have individual Volunteer Drivers, who are community members who have undergone both a Driving Record Check and a CYFD Background Check.
What if I go to a Safe Place when they are closed?
We supply an “if closed” decal with our 24/7 staff number for display in the window, so that any youth can reach DreamTree after your facility is closed.
What if someone who is not 12-17 needs a Safe Place?
Males over 18 can be housed in the Taos Men’s Shelter. We recommend calling DreamTree, and we can figure out transport. Females over 18 will need a motel voucher, as there is not currently a women’s shelter in our area. We recommend calling DreamTree, and we can figure out a motel voucher for a local motel. Children under 12, if unaccompanied by an adult, would be referred to Childhaven, the birth-18 shelter in Farmington.
What if someone needs detox services?
Unfortunately, the closest detox facility is in Santa Fe. We would need to call the St. Vincent Detox Center in Santa Fe (if the person is over 18; we do not currently have a detox center for juveniles in our area) to see if they have room, and then figure out how to best transport the individual down to Santa Fe.
What does it require to become a Safe Place site in partnership with DreamTree?
There is a Safe Place site application form, which outlines our responsibilities as an agency and yours as a site. As a Safe Place agency, we provide at-least annual site visits and staff training, as well as a metal Safe Place sign, procedures poster, Safe Place cards, and an “if closed” decal for the window.
Why is the Safe Place program important in our area?
Posting the Safe Place sign outside a facility declares publicly what is already true: that the staff there care about and support local youth. The more Safe Place sites we have in northeast New Mexico, the clearer it is to our youth that we are united as a community to support youth when they are in crisis. Community events and school presentations help to educate youth on what the sign means.