Secure Crisis Residential Centers

The "Becca Bill" (named after a runaway youth who was subsequently killed) established secure crisis residential centers for runaway youth. The Becca Bill authorizes law enforcement to pick up runaway youth, or youth found in "dangerous circumstances", and place them in these physically secure, short-term residential facilities.

Youth may not remain in a SCRC longer than 5 consecutive days in a detention based facility or 15 days in a non-detention facility. Youth may transfer between a SCRC and a CRC, but the total length of stay may not exceed 15 consecutive days.

SCRC counselors work with families to resolve the immediate conflict, facilitate a reconciliation between parent and youth, and provide referral to additional services.