Youth Bridge is a non-profit agency serving a 9 county area in northern Arkansas- Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Fulton, Madison, Marion, Newton and Washington. Each year over 2,500 children and their families are provided with an array of services in the areas of abuse, neglect, addictions, homelessness, mental health and behavioral problems. Our services range anywhere from providing an immediate safe haven, to individualized treatment plans, aftercare, prevention programs, and transitional living. Children-related substance abuse, homelessness, and behavioral problems are not limited to select zip codes, social economic groups or certain geographic areas of northern Arkansas; it is a community problem that requires a community solution.

Our goal is to turn around the lives of troubled children and guide them back to a productive life.

The Children's Campus

Clinical Treatment Program

Prevention & Outreach


We are dedicated to creating an environment that is safe and focused on the needs of our youth in residential treatment. Learn more about our facilities and the different options.


The Journey Program provides treatment for substance abuse and other behavioral disorders. This program offers comprehensive residential treatment for males from 14 up to 18 years old.  This is a court-referred program in conjunction with the Department of Youth Services. It has a multi-faceted focus on attaining an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle and learning social skills which support abstinence. Youth are immersed in a twelve-step plan which supports new and productive daily living skills. This combined approach, which fully involves family and significant community members, prepares clients for successful return to their home community. Youth participate in such on-site services as general academic studies, substance abuse education and counseling, mental health individual & group counseling, independent living skills and anger management, etc. Youth Bridge is one of three agencies in the state of Arkansas that provides residential substance abuse treatment for youth only. Youth Bridge has two (2) State Department of Education certified classrooms whereby Residential Substance Abuse and Therapeutic Group Home clients can earn their high school diploma or GED.

During fiscal year 2016, 241 teenage boys were residents of the facility and 6,964 bed nights were provided. 


The Bell House is a group “foster care program” for young ladies in the Department of Children and Family Services system from 16 up to 18 years of age. These girls may be homeless, in runaway situations or do not have stable housing. This program is designed to better prepare these girls for adulthood. Each client is required to participate in program goals, education, independent case plans and therapeutic activities as deemed necessary in their individual case plans. These young ladies work on a level system based entirely on their merit and ability.  This is a youth-driven program; clients are encouraged and required to take part in their own decision-making and goal setting.  This is a 100% voluntary program and clients cannot be court-ordered or forced to remain in the program against their wishes.  If the client does not wish to participate, the responsibility falls completely on the legal guardian to ensure safety and welfare or authorities must be contacted. Youth Bridge is the only agency in the state of Arkansas that operates the federal Runaway Homeless Youth (RHY) transitional living program.

During fiscal year 2016, 76 girls were served providing 1,857 bed nights.


Youth Bridge operates a year-round Emergency Shelter for up to 24 at-risk youth from 13 up to 18 years of age who require both short and long term needs.   Many of these youth are runaways, homeless or at risk of running away. Many have been removed from the home due to family crisis or abuse and neglect. Referrals come from the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), the Department of Youth Services (DYS) and the courts. Each year approximately 240 youth will go through the program. Basic needs are met, counseling and targeted case management are provided for substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, mental health issues and behavioral problems; and school or continuation placement and transportation are provided as well. If the goal of family unification cannot be achieved, long term placement is sought out.

During fiscal year 2016199 children were provided with services for 4,489 bed nights.


The Youth Bridge Clinical Treatment Program is provided in residential, outpatient, and school-based settings and include evaluation and diagnosis, individualized therapeutic counseling and case management. Youth Bridge offers licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health professionals and mental health paraprofessionals, certified substance abuse counselors and supervised counselors-in-training. In addition, medication management, professional program referrals, academic and social support services and aftercare services are offered. Youth Bridge is licensed by the Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health, Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and as a Substance Abuse Treatment Program for youth.

Some of the needs addressed include the following:

Behavioral Issues


Conduct Disorders

Conflict Resolution



Grief Counseling


Persistent Mental Illness

Sexual Trauma


Anger Management

Family or Step Family Counseling

Parenting Skills

Youth Bridge Milestones

Together we are building brighter futures with your support

Data from 2015 Annual Report


Individuals attended outreach presentations


Fixed Safe Place Partners


Mobile sites to serve runaway and homeless children in need.


Bed nights


Medical exams


Articles of clothing


Meals served


Service hours to children and families


Children with school based services


Youth Bridge believes that addressing at risk symptoms before it becomes a problem is the best way to impact positive change.