CYFD Names New Juvenile Center Near Ruidoso
SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) announced the naming of its new juvenile center near Ruidoso. The new facility which was formerly known as Camp Sierra Blanca will now be known as Lincoln Pines Youth Center.
CYFD enlisted the assistance of its juvenile clients from all of its facilities and the community members of Lincoln County to help name the new facility. The juvenile clients submitted a total of sixteen names to CYFD’s executive staff for consideration. From there, the list was narrowed down to four. With the assistance of the local Ruidoso media, and with the help of the Ruidoso Free Press who ran an online poll, local individuals were able to give their input on the new name. The final name was then chosen by CYFD executive staff.
“We are very excited to announce the naming of our new juvenile center near Ruidoso,” said CYFD Cabinet Secretary Yolanda Deines. “We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Ruidoso community as well as our juvenile clients in coming up with the name for the new facility.”
Lincoln Pines Youth Center will house 24 medium risk youth in its first year. The goal is to regionalize services, and ultimately the youth center will consist of youth who are from the local region. Having a facility in the southeast region will allow the families of the youth to participate in their therapy and to bring added support.
“The support and assistance that we have received from the community members and stakeholders of Ruidoso and Lincoln County has been tremendous,” said Juvenile Justice Services Division Director Sandra Stewart. “Having a youth center in this area will play a major part in ensuring that families from this region will be able to take part in the rehabilitation of their children, which is an essential component of the Cambiar Model.”
Lincoln Pines Youth Center is currently scheduled to open in October of this year. The Children, Youth and Families Department is planning to hold an open house before the opening so that the local community members and stakeholders can view the new facility. Further information on the open house will be provided once details are finalized.