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The probation departments in Humboldt, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura counties were selected as Healthy Returns Initiative sites because of their commitment to improving outcomes for probation youth with health, mental health, and other complex issues. The Healthy Returns Initiative sites provide a wealth of information, including best practices, lessons learned, challenges and barriers, and outcomes, for policymakers, counties, probation departments, health and human service agencies, and other stakeholders.

More information on the promising practices and positive outcomes from the Healthy Returns Initiative are available in Publications.

 
 

Humboldt County Probation Department

The Healthy Returns Initiative enhanced the Humboldt County Probation Department’s ongoing efforts to transform their system from a custodial care to a rehabilitative orientation by investing in provider training and evidence-based practices. The Healthy Returns Initiative services were available to every youth that entered the juvenile hall. Services implemented and strengthened through this project include mental health screening, multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), and provider training in evidence-based practices (EBPs).

Contact Information
Humboldt County Probation Department
2002 Harrison Street
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 445-7401


Los Angeles County Probation Department

Through the Healthy Returns Initiative, the Los Angeles County Probation Department adopted a “whatever it takes” motto in working with high-need probation youth and their families. The Probation Department was committed to finding no and low cost services and training opportunities throughout the county to share with community provider partners, Probation Department staff, and parents and families. In addition, the Probation Department invested in pursuing a true partnership with families, where parents, youth and providers have an equal role in goal setting, treatment planning, service referral, and follow through.

Contact Information
Los Angeles County Probation Department
9150 E. Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
(818) 374-6635

Healthy Returns Initiative Contact:
Andrea Gordon, Probation Director


Santa Clara County Probation Department

The Healthy Returns Initiative program in Santa Clara County was designed to address the unmet needs for specialty mental health services for detained youth in juvenile hall. Prior to the Healthy Returns Initiative, the Probation Department experienced escalating and costly incidents of self harm, hospitalizations, and psychiatric admissions among high need youth. Through the Healthy Returns Initiative, the Probation Department opened the Transitions Unit, a 24-bed unit within juvenile hall, designed to serve youth identified with high mental health needs, but not necessarily in crisis. The specialized mental health services available in the Transitions Unit include modifying daily routines to promote stability among the youth, reduce self injurious behaviors or the need for psychiatric hospitalizations, and enable youth to attend school on a regular basis. The Probation Department linked youth to mental health services post-release, trained juvenile hall staff to better understand mental health issues, and implemented MDTs to develop care plans with the involvement of youth and families.

Contact Information
Santa Clara County Probation Department
2314 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 435-2000

Healthy Returns Initiative Contact:

Kathy Duque, Deputy Chief


Santa Cruz County Probation Department

The fundamental goal of the Healthy Returns Initiative in Santa Cruz County is to transition probation youth to non-mandated, out-of-custody health and mental health services provided by partner agencies within the community. The Santa Cruz Probation Department’s Healthy Returns Initiative approach is to serve all probation youth. The Probation Department conducts mental health screening for all youth entering juvenile hall and links youth and families to mental health, physical health, and health education services, as well as public benefits. Direct services and referral linkages occur while youth are detained in the juvenile hall and when they are released back into the community. Strong partnerships across county systems and with community-based organizations, along with a commitment to communication and data sharing, contribute to the success of the Healthy Returns Initiative approach project in Santa Cruz County.

Contact Information
Santa Cruz County Probation Department
PO Box 182
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
(831) 454-3800

Healthy Returns Initiative Contacts:

Kathy Martinez, Assistant Director, Juvenile Probation
Laura Garnette, Director, Adult Probation


Ventura County Probation Agency

Through the Healthy Returns Initiative, the Ventura County Probation Department prioritized a need to include the Ventura County Department of Public Health as a key partner in the development of their multi-disciplinary teams. Having a public health orientation within juvenile probation created a holistic approach to service delivery for youth that addresses both physical and psychosocial needs. The Probation Department also built partnerships and enhanced collaboration with the county Department of Education, identifying probation youths’ re-entry to school after release from juvenile hall as a significant barrier.

Contact Information
Ventura County Probation Agency
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
(805) 654-2106

Healthy Returns Initiative Contact:
Mark Varela, Chief Probation Officer