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County of Santa Clara To Launch Seven Challenges Program to Serve At-Risk Youth

Probation Department, in partnership with DADS, to Lead Local Implementation

WHAT:
Santa Clara County Probation Department, in collaboration with the Juvenile Court and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS) is conducting informational overview sessions for parents, teachers, or anyone who works with youth, particularly juvenile-justice-involved youth, about the Seven Challenges Program. The program targets youth at risk of abusing drugs and alcohol.

Over a hundred representatives of community-based organizations will be trained to implement the program. Additionally, the County will offer three overview sessions to describe the program and its use to parents, teachers, providers, judges, attorneys and County staff working adolescent youth. No registration is required for these overview sessions.

WHO:
Santa Clara County Probation Department and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS) are providing three separate overview sessions, which will be presented by a Seven Challenges Program trainer.

WHEN AND WHERE:
OVERVIEW SESSIONS
September 20, 2011 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and Noon-1:30 p.m.

70 West Hedding St., First Floor, San José - Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium
September 22, 2011, 3:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Charcot Training Center, 2310 N. First Street, Suite 102, San Jose CA 95131 (Entrance faces Charcot)

WHY:
Santa Clara County Probation Department, in conjunction with the Juvenile Court, DADS and local providers, applied for and received a Title II competitive grant through the Corrections Standards Authority, to focus on alternatives to detention for probation violators by implementing evidence-based practices (EBP).

The Seven Challenges Program targets youth who might not feel that their drug and alcohol use is a problem. The program’s evidence-based curriculum is endorsed specifically for adolescents by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). It helps present and develop a cohesive message and modality to at-risk youth, regardless of point of contact.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Delores Nnam, Probation Department (408) 468-1658; Laura Garnette, Probation Department (408) 278-5900
Posted: September 19, 2011