Comprehensive Juvenile Services, Inc.
1606 South "J" Street       Fort Smith, AR  72901     Phone 479-785-4031     Fax 479-785-5354

Janice K Justice  -  Executive Director
Serving youth and families in Sebastian, Crawford, Logan, Polk, Montgomery, Scott and Franklin Counties in Western Arkansas since 1977.
Western Arkansas Youth Shelter (WAYS)
Since 1984, CJS has operated an emergency shelter, the Western Arkansas Youth Shelter (WAYS).  The WAYS is located at 116 Highway 96 West in Cecil, Arkansas. 

Emergency shelter at WAYS is available for youth whose behaviors or family circumstances cause them to be: 
    -at risk of entering the juvenile justice system;
    -or already in the juvenile justice system due to delinquency;
    -or a member of a family in need of services (FINS) due to problems within the home or          school which have brought them to the attention of the Juvenile Court.
Runaway or homeless youth may also receive emergency shelter services until such time as a parent, guardian or custodian can be notified and arrangements made to return the youth to his or her home or an alternative placement.  These services are made possible by grant funds received from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau.
Residents'  room
While in residence at WAYS, youth are enrolled in the local school district's educational program, and receive on-site classroom instruction at the shelter.  Youth at the WAYS receive room and board up to 60 days, health screening, assessment, casework management, individual, family and group counseling, crisis intervention, and recreation.
On many nights at the WAYS a group session is held with participation from all youth in residence along with WAYS staff.  The topics of discussion are normally geared toward issues of those youth currently in residence, information which has been obtained from staff observations, youth discussions, and caseworker input. Topics such as family issues, decision making, substance use and abuse, refusal skills, personal accountability and relationships are covered, with a focus on redirecting youth behaviors and attitudes in order to achieve success.
About Us
Youth Shelter
Support Groups/Classes
Strengthening Families

Please contact the CJS Regional Office at 479-785-4031 for more information.
Combination recreation room/classroom
Due to these factors, the Comprehensive Juvenile Services Foundation, the fundraising arm of Comprehensive Juvenile Services, Inc.,  has embarked upon a fundraising campaign to fund the construction of a new 8,625 square foot, emergency shelter in Mulberry, Arkansas. Having the shelter located in a more accessible location will allow more frequent visits from parents and reduce travel costs incurred by the youth’s caseworkers and family. 
Help Us Build a New Shelter
Your financial contribution is needed to assist CJS in realizing the dream of a new state-of-the-art, more accessibly located emergency shelter facility.  Please consider sponsoring a portion of the shelter for a new beginning for the youth of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
The current 6,500-square-foot building which houses the WAYS is a renovated 91-year-old school building constructed in 1930 and located in rural Cecil, Arkansas. Due to the age of the building, the facility is in continual need of extensive repairs which are a financial drain on CJS.  The rural location in Franklin County also presents a logistical problem with frequent travel to and from the shelter by agency caseworkers, parents and shelter staff.
Proposed New Shelter
CJS was recently blessed with the donation of an 8,625 square foot building and 1.07 acres of land in the community of Mulberry, Arkansas. The intended use of the building is to convert it into our emergency youth shelter to house 16 male and female at-risk adolescent youth. The building formerly housed the Dollar General retail store, and has been donated by the Palmer family, Jeff Palmer, Janet Seaton, Josh Palmer, and Shanna Palmer, of the PSA Land Company LLC.

Your donations are needed to help us realize our dream of a new shelter in Mulberry!

Read the SW Times Record article by Catherine Nolte.
120 W 6th Street
Mulberry, Arkansas