About the Program
The Girls’ Rehabilitation Facility (GRF) is an intensive, highly structured program serving up to 50 girls between the ages of 13 and 17 1/2. GRF’s philosophy focuses on Cognitive Restructuring – that behavior is based on thought, attitudes, and beliefs. The goal is to provide a safe, structured, and caring environment, which promotes each girl's personal growth. An individualized treatment plan is tailored for each girl addressing specific treatment needs to modify her behavior patterns and attitudes. Room confinement and markdowns have been replaced with Thinking Reports and Thinking Essays. This affords the wards the opportunity to think about their actions and to determine what they should have done to better control their behavior. The ultimate goal is for the minor to think before they act. The programs offered are designed to meet the personal, emotional, and educational needs of the girls placed by the Juvenile Court. Court commitments to the Breaking Cycles program range from 150 days to 365 days. An on-site, state-certified school operates 5 days a week meeting each girl’s educational needs. Tutoring is available for GED study and remedial work. The credits are transferable to all San Diego County school districts.
Visiting hours are conducted twice weekly on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Only parents or legal guardians are allowed to visit on these days. All visitors must have a valid picture identification card. Small children and other friends and relatives are not allowed. No personal belongings (i.e. purses, cellular phones, backpacks, and sunglasses) are allowed. GRF provides lockers for your personal belongings. Outside mail or pictures are not allowed. All mail that comes into the facility must go through the United States Postal Service.
Thursday hours are as follows:
5:30 - 6:00 PM Parent Orientation (one time only)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Family Counseling (doors are locked by 6:10 p.m.)
7:00 - 8:00 PM Visiting (doors will reopen and remain open until 8:00 p.m.)
Sunday hours are as follows:
8:30 - 9:00 AM Parent Orientation
9:00 - 10:00 AM Parent Empowerment (doors are locked by 10:10 AM)
10:00 - 11:00 AM Visiting (doors will reopen at 10:00 AM)
Parent Orientation gives GRF staff the opportunity to discuss with parents the GRF rules, visiting hours, detailed information pertaining to the program phases, personal hygiene items, and the expectations for their child. Through this orientation, parents are given the information regarding their child’s program and all questions and concerns are addressed.
Family Counseling is provided every Thursday evening. This is a group session that offers parents additional tools and parenting tips to assist in the transition of the child back home. Those wishing to participate in individual family sessions should contact the GRF’s Mental Health staff.
Parent Empowerment offers additional tools to assist parents to help their child change their behavior that brought them before the Court.
Parents are allowed to purchase 1 snack and 1 drink for themselves and their daughter from the GRF vending machines prior to visiting their daughter. Some restrictions may apply.
Personal Hygiene items
GRF provides all wards with basic toiletries and necessary clothing. However; when the minor reaches the Journey phase of the program she is eligible to receive special personal hygiene items. These items are provided by the minor’s parents if they choose to purchase them. The types of items that will be acceptable are discussed during the parent orientation. These items can only be brought into the facility the first week the minor reaches Journey. Replacement products can be brought in the first Thursday and Sunday of each month during visiting.
CLOTHING AND SUPPLY LIST
NO RED, BLUE, OR GREEN COLORED PRODUCTS
Ensure that the items you bring DO NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL, METAL, GLITTER, AND ARE NOT MEDICATED. NO GLASS, OR BREAKABLE CONTAINERS, LOTION PUMPS, SPRAY PUMPS, OR AEROSOL SPRAYS WILL BE ACCEPTED. ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW AND IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING. If any item is sent back you can replace the item the first Sunday & Thursday of the following month.