The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Youth Services (DYS) is launching a new message system to notify neighbors of its five juvenile treatment centers if youth walk away from one of the centers.
“We want to be good neighbors and be responsive to the needs of our communities,” DYS Director Michael Crump said in a news release.
“This text-based message system allows us to quickly notify our neighbors of our juvenile treatment centers when a youth walks away. Using this service allows all of us to work together and share information in a way that we haven’t been able to do before,” Crump said.
For people to sign up for the messages, they should use their mobile phones to send a text message to 67283 with the code that matches the juvenile treatment facility they would like to receive messages about, according to the news release.
Those codes are:
• Alexander — Text the code AJATC;
• Dermott - Text the code DJTC;
• Harrisburg - Text the code HJTC;
• Lewisville - Text the code LJTC;
• Mansfield - Text the code MJTC.
People who sign up for alerts will receive a text to the phone number from which they signed up letting them know about the situation as well as a text when a youth is found and back in custody.