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Youth Prevention & Integration

South Bay Community Services’ (SBCS) Youth Prevention and Intervention (YPI) provides gender-responsive prevention, diversion and intervention support services for at-risk youth, ages six to 18, and their families. Schools, law enforcement, and partnering agencies refer youth to us who may have a multitude of challenges, so it is crucial to provide a strength-based family approach to meet the whole need.

Our programs and services include:

Community Assessment Team (CAT) 

The CAT Team works to keep kids in school and out of the Juvenile Justice System by providing early intervention to youth and families. The program provides an array of support services for first-time youth offenders, runaways, youth on Probation, and non-offenders and their families as well.

Alternatives To Detention (ATD)

ATD is a countywide program coordinated by SBCS to provide a continuum of detention alternatives to low-risk juvenile offenders by providing case advocacy, home confinement, reporting centers, anger management, cool beds, supervision and structured activities, intensive case management and wrap around family services.

ATD began as a successful three-year pilot program in South and Central regions of San Diego County and was recently awarded a grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections as part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Funds (JAG) to expand county-wide. SBCS’ ATD partners include San Diego Youth Services, SAY San Diego, North County Lifeline, and Mental Health Systems.

Breaking Cycles

In partnership with County of San Diego Probation Department, Breaking Cycles is a multi-agency geographically diverse project to prevent escalating juvenile delinquency. An individualized focus is provided.

Groups and Gender Specific Groups

In addition to individual and family therapy is a wide variety of gender-specific group services facilitated by SBCS specialist, including Girls Groups, Boys Groups, and Seeking Safety Therapeutic Group.

This is a team effort.

Together with local law enforcement, Juvenile Probation, Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), Chula Vista Elementary School District, South Bay Union School District, and various other community agencies throughout the county who refer youth and support, we keep youth in schools and support youth and families to become thriving members of society.

For more information contact SBCS at (619) 420-3620.