The San Diego County Probation Department offers resources to parents, families, schools, and concerned friends who need help steering at-risk youth toward positive activities. The Department partners with community-based organizations located throughout San Diego County to offer assessments and case management at no cost.
Eligibility: Any school age child residing in San Diego County who demonstrates behavior which places them at risk of entering the Juvenile Justice System is eligible for services.
Referral Process: Any community member or professional (police, teacher, clergy, etc.) can refer a youth and family to the Community Assessment Teams for prevention services. Parents can self refer. If a youth is on probation, they should not have an extensive criminal or probation case record, but be fairly new to the system and the offenses should be relatively minor. Referrals can be made by phone, fax, or e-mail.
Range of Services: Services range from simple information and referral with linkage to community resources, to full-scale family assessments and up to 9 months of case management services.
Focus of Case Management Services: The focus of the assessment and case management services is to promote the family’s own efforts to utilize personal and family resources as well as neighborhood and community resources to meet its own needs for change. All services provided by Community Assessment Team members are provided at no cost to families. Services are strengths-based and family-centered.
Operating Agency: Social Advocates For Youth (SAY)
4275 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92105
Phone: (619) 283-9624 Fax: (619) 641-7656
East County Team
Operating Agency: San Diego Youth Services
3845 Spring Drive
Spring Valley, CA 91977
Phone: (619) 258-6877 Fax: (619) 258-0676
North County Coastal Team
Operating Agency: North County Lifeline
707 Oceanside Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: (760) 757-0118 Fax: (760) 757-0196
North County Inland Team
Operating Agency: Mental Health Systems (MHS), Inc.
940 E. Valley Parkway, Ste D
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 747-0205 Fax: (760) 747-0582
South Bay Team
Operating Agency: South Bay Community Services
1124 Bay Blvd. #D
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Phone: (619) 420-3620 Fax: (619) 420-8722