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Safe Place Program

Safe Place is a national outreach and prevention program for youth in crisis. Adult & Child is the Safe Place Coordinator for Marion, Morgan and Johnson Counties and has partnered with local business and organizations to provide youth immediate safety and access to supportive resources. 

For immediate assistance call 317-275-8840.
This hotline is for youth, ages 10-17, who are at risk of abuse, neglect or serious family problems. If you are an adult in need of help, call Crisis Support at 877-882-5122.

How Safe Place Works

A young person (age 10-17) enters a Safe Place site and asks for a Safe Place representative. Example, “I need help from Safe Place.”

The site employee finds a comfortable place for the Safe Place visitor to wait while they call Adult & Child, the licensed agency for Marion, Morgan and Johnson counties.

Within 1 hour, a qualified Safe Place volunteer or Adult & Child staff member will arrive and show ID, then to talk to the youth. Upon initial assessment, the Safe Place visitor will be connected to a licensed Safe Place shelter or any other necessary resources. Adult & Child partners with the following shelters: Firefly, Blossom House, YSB Monroe.

Once at the shelter, staff will meet with the youth and provide support, ensuring the youth and their families receive the help, resources and professional services they need.

Resources for Youth in Need

Click the buttons below to be redirected to resources and information provided by the National Safe Place Network (NSPS) website. 

Support for Safe Place Sites

As a site employee, you play a very important role in helping a young person resolve a crisis. If a teen or child enters your place of employment seeking help or safety, it is critical that every employee recognizes what is happening and is prepared to respond. 

Safe Place sites in Marion, Morgan and Johnson counties can contact Adult & Child Youth Development and Safe Place Coordinator Sarah Wallace at swallace@adultandchild.org for assistance with the following:

  • On-Site Training / Training Requirements
  • Safe Place Signs, Posters, Brochures
  • Compliance Questions

The Community Impact of Safe Place

Community Benefits of Safe Place

  • Youth can access help before their situation becomes a crisis. 
  • Safe Place provides opportunities for unique partnerships and collaborations between businesses and social service entities. 
  • The program is part of a national effort, providing a broad safety net for youth. 
  • Children and teens have easy access to help when and where they need it. 
  • Having a Safe Place program in place sends a powerful message that young people are valued. 

Become a Safe Place Site

Safe Place sites are businesses and other public locations designated by a licensed Safe Place agency as “safe places” for youth to go when in crisis situations. The licensed agency for Marion, Johnson and Morgan counties is Adult & Child. Click here to find a list of Safe Place site requirements set by the National Safe Place Network (NSPN).

Organizations in Marion, Morgan and/or Johnson counties that are interested in becoming a Safe Place can reach to Adult & Child Youth Development and Safe Place Coordinator Sarah Wallace at swallace@adultandchild.org or Adult & Child Youth Development Team Leader Caitlen Brandt at cbrandt@adultandchild.org

Sarah Miller, PMHNP-BC

Sarah Miller works with the addictions team, general psychiatry for adolescents and adults, and the competency restoration team. She is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her specialties are working in addictions and with people who experience serious mental illness.

Miller graduated from Indiana University with a psychology degree and went back to school for nursing. She received her nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and worked in a nursing home and also spent time working in a group home with adolescents. She received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

She enjoys hanging out with her family and her two dogs, and going to sporting events.

Joanna Chambers, MD

Dr. Joanna Chambers is a psychiatrist who began seeing Adult & Child Health patients in November 2021. She graduated from Medical College of Georgia with her Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 and completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to bringing a wealth of experience, she currently serves as an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine where she teaches Clinical Psychiatry. She is certified in Addiction Medicine and has a special interest in treating pregnant and postpartum women. She is President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Organization as well as a sitting member of many medical association boards. Recently, she has won the Residents’ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020 from Indiana University and has received “Best Doctors Award” in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Dr. Chambers is incredibly active in the medical, academic, and research realms of medicine. She is currently accepting new patients on Wednesdays.