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Our mission is to build a safer rural Minnesota for children, women and men.  We are dedicated to empowering crime victims, promoting healthy relationships, preventing assault and abuse, and providing education, parenting time and crisis nursery services.


The mission of the Lyon County Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Action Response Team (SMART) is to create and implement a victim centered multi-agency response to meet the specific needs of individuals who experience sexual assault and to better achieve justice and healing.

In April of 2009, the Lyon County SMART formed upon receiving a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) S.T.O.P. grant. This funding is designated for programs that combat violence against women.  Five core disciplines were required to participate to receive funding: Law Enforcement, Medical, Advocacy, Prosecution and Probation. Fortunately, sixteen different disciplines in Lyon County came together to begin working on a unified response to sexual assault in Lyon County. The primary focus of SMART is to create a victim-centered response to sexual assault from all disciplines responding directly and indirectly to this crime.

The Lyon County SMART is following an eight-step model to develop and write this victim-centered protocol, with the premise of shifting from a case-centered approach to a victim-centered approach.  According to the Minnesota Model Sexual Assault Response Protocol, when a victim makes a decision that is respected by SMART, the victim then can move forward from crisis to healing.

With the help of victims, professionals, advocates and other invested community members, SMART will advance the coordinated response to sexual assault crimes in Lyon County. Learn more about SMART by visiting their website at

Parenting Time

To contact the Parenting Time Program Director for inquiries : 507-706-0162

The Parenting Time Program at New Horizons Crisis Center is designed to help families as they go through difficult and/or transitional times.

We provide a positive, safe, neutral and interactive location for children to spend time with their non-residential parent without being in the middle of conflicts. Through this Program, children have an opportunity to maintain a relationship with both parents. Our number one priority is for the emotional and physical health and well being of the children.

The Program serves families in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, and Redwood counties through court orders and referrals. Other counties and voluntary parents are welcome contingent upon availability.

  • Parenting time appointments must be set up in advance by contacting the Program Director.
  • An intake interview must take place prior to the first parenting time appointment.
  • Any required fees must be pre-paid.
  • Walk-ins are NOT accepted.
  • Parenting time and safe exchange times are available Sundays from 1:00pm - 8:00pm and Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30am - 8:00pm.
  • A trained staff member monitors each parenting time and is familiar with the policies and procedures of the Program.
  • Children are NEVER left alone with the non-residential parent.
  • The trained monitor will escort the child/ren between parents.
  • Parents must comply with all court orders and the policies and procedures of the Program and respect their children’s rights and feelings.

Contact us to set up a parenting time or safe exchange.

Crisis Nursery

When parents find themselves in crisis, they may be temporarily unable to care for their children. Crisis Nursery provides short-term, nurturing care 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to children ages six weeks to twelve, among other services and resources. 

We know that parenting is a difficult job and every parent needs help at times.  We also know that not every family has resources to get help. Crisis Nursery can be a resource.  Crisis Nursery can provide for a child’s safety and well-being, while the parent takes time to deal with the crisis. 

 We understand that each family has their own unique needs. Through an intake process, family needs are assessed and goals and objectives are developed so parents can work to alleviate the crisis they are facing. Support services provided to families include:

  • 24-hour crisis line service.
  • Overnight crisis care.
  • Short-term crisis care.
  • Crisis counseling and support.
  • Information and referrals.
  • Parenting education.
  • Financial literacy education.

Other services may be available upon request to meet individual family needs.

Although a crisis can be different for each family, some examples include:

  • Sudden illness or accident
  • Housing and or financial problems
  • Childcare difficulties leading to employment problems
  • Personal problems
  • Family violence
  • Lack of adequate resources

Crisis nursery placements, at a minimum, take up to three hours to arrange. Placements are also contingent on availability of crisis care providers.

When contacting our office, please be prepared to give the following information:

  • Date/s and time/s for needed placement
  • Age of each child needing placement
  • Location of your residence
  • If you have used crisis nursery services before
  • Any pertinent information regarding your child(ren) we should know about
  • Immunization records and insurance card if applicable  

Since Crisis Nursery services are entirely voluntary, all parents will be asked to fill out paperwork for a placement.  This paperwork will include the following: information regarding each child’s medical issues, doctor and dental contact information, mental health issues, medications taken, known allergies, food likes/dislikes, discipline preferences, toiletry routine, etc. alternative emergency contact, and parental consent for the placement. 

Prevention & Professional Education

Education is a key component of our program areas. We believe that education and awareness is a part of breaking the silence surrounding violence and can empower people to act. Our educational goals are to increase knowledge, dispel myths, encourage reporting, challenge social and cultural norms and promote healthy sexuality with our prevention and professional education offerings. Listed below are educational offerings we have available. Presentations vary in length depending on the needs of the group.


Pre-School, Kindergarten, Grades 1 - 2
Personal Body Safety (sexual abuse prevention education)

Grades 3 - 6
Personal Body Safety (sexual abuse prevention education) 
Family Violence Prevention Education
Shaken Baby Syndrome (for babysitting clinics)
Internet Safety

Grades 7 - 8
Child Abuse
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Dating and Boundaries
Shaken Baby Syndrome (for babysitting clinics)
Internet Safety

Grades 9-12
Child Abuse
Dating and Boundaries
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Relationship Series Program* 
Internet Safety

*Visit the Relationship Series program webpage for more info about this program.

Our Troupe performing the TOUCH play on personal body safety.



Groups: Medical Clinics and Hospitals; Law Enforcement; Churches; Human Services; Public Health; County Attorney’s; College Personnel; Educators; Nursing Home and Assisted Living Staff; Staff working with Developmentally Disabled; Daycare Providers; Foster parents; City Recreation Staff; Coaches; and Private Businesses.


  • Mandated Reporting and Child Abuse
  • Sexual Assault Medical Evidentiary Exams
  • Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse and Reporting
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Child Abuse and Mandated Reporting
  • Safety and Screening Programs for Churches
  • Workplace Boundaries
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • New Horizons Crisis Center Agency Overview and Services

If you are interested in learning more about the educational programs we offer or are interested in setting up a presentation for your class or group, contact New Horizons Crisis Center.

General Crime

Anyone can be a target of a crime and everyone deserves support. People victimized by crime have a right to be treated with respect when trying to get help and informed of available options.  

New Horizons Crisis Center’s services are applicable to people who have been victims of all types of crimes. If you have experienced any of the listed crimes below or another type of victimization, visit our services page under “Get Help” or contact one of our offices to learn more about available services.

  • Assault: a physical attack or harm by one or more persons to another person, which may include hitting, kicking, slapping, biting, punching, beating, etc.

  • Domestic abuse: abuse between family or household members, which includes physical assault or threats of a physical assault, in addition to forced sexual contact (otherwise known as rape or sexual assault) and emotional, mental and economic abuse.

  • Murder: reckless or intentional taking of human life by another person or persons.

  • Kidnapping: illegal capture, detention or confinement of someone against their will or if the person is under 16 years, without the consent of the person’s parents or other legal custodian.

  • Stalking: a pattern of unwanted or unwelcome behaviors by one person that is directed toward another person, which causes the person to feel frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted or intimidated.

  • Elder/Vulnerable adult abuse: any type of abuse (physical, emotional, financial) or neglect against a person classified as a vulnerable adult or against an elder.

  • Harassment: repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words or gestures.

  • Vehicular Homicide/Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)-related Crimes: when a death or injury results by operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner or under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance.

  • Identity Theft: stealing another person’s identity by using his or her personal information such as a a person’s name, social security number or credit card number.

  • Hate Crime: when an offender targets a person because of perceived membership in a certain social group, usually defined by race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, social status or political affiliation.

We are also able to help out victims of arson, burglary, forgery, robbery, theft and vandalism. If you are victim of a crime that is not listed here, we can still help. Contact any of our offices and seek services.

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