The Middlesex County Youth Shelter has been
serving troubled adolescents and their families from Middlesex County for 25
years. Originally operated as a JINS shelter in New Brunswick, the facility
moved to its present location on Route 130 in North Brunswick in 1985. It was
expanded to a 24-bed Juvenile/Family Crisis Shelter at that time. The Shelter
is operated by the Office of Adult Corrections & Youth Services
under the supervision of Warden Cranston and overseen by the Middlesex
County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Shelter also maintains contracts with Monmouth and Ocean Counties to provide them with an alternative to juvenile detention.
The Shelter is a direct
supervision, non-secure facility that houses male and female youths through
referrals from the Family Court, the Family Crisis Intervention Unit and the
New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. The role of the Shelter is to
provide a safe, structured environment that allows the child to prepare for and
accept placement plans including family reunification, group home placement,
residential and foster care placement or substance abuse treatment.