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Manchin to speak at dedication of new juvenile center

May 23, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Division of Juvenile Services, will dedicate its newest juvenile center on Thursday at 1 p.m. at 900 Emmett Rousch Drive in Martinsburg.

Gov. Joe Manchin is scheduled to deliver the key note address.

The center, named after long-time youth advocate and Eastern Panhandle-based state Del. Vickie V. Douglas, will be a 24-bed, co-ed facility that offers short-term community-based treatment for at-risk youth ordered into custody by the court.

The center will offer treatment that focuses on community service, pet therapy, recreation, anger management, peer mediation and building self-esteem, according to a news release.

Also Thursday, a community-based day treatment program for juveniles will be inaugurated. The program, Steps Toward Achieving Real Success (S.T.A.R.S.), will focus on court-involved youth returning home from placement or those youth having difficulty moving into probationary status.

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S.T.A.R.S will include counseling, classes and recreational activities; with a primary goal of maintaining youth at home while providing appropriate levels of supervision and structure.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony.

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