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Jigsaw Activity (Part 1)

21 Feb

 

Jigsaw Activity (Part 1)

 

EDUCATION

 

  1. Educational Rights Project located at 70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, 9th Floor
  2. The mission of this organization is to make sure that students involved with the juvenile court are placed in the appropriate school program. Some of these courses include individualized educational programs.
  3. Based off of my research, this organization provides mostly intervention services. There is not much information I read that discussed any prevention involved with the students but rather helping out with the situation during present time. For example, the students would be taken in for testing for their academic skills when teachers begin to notice their low academic achievements.
  4. The organization does provide two case studies about students that were taken in and tested for their low academic achievements. The first case study discussed how a 12 year old student was reading at a first grade level, found ineligible for special education services but then retested upon an advocate of ERP request. In short, the student was placed back into his original school and found eligible for special education. The second case was similar to the first in regards of being found ineligible for special courses but then retested and found to be eligible for these services. This student is also doing well after returning to school.
  5. ERP targets the child and his/her parent. Along with the services provided for the child, the parents are also being supported by the Office of the County Counsel. The parents are trained of their right to access and secure free services for their child. Also, sometimes the parents are assigned to provide additional assistance.
  6. The kinds of risks involved with this organization include poor academic achievement and lack of educational support from family. The risks they target are more of negative behavioral outcomes. The reason behind this is because of adolescent crime and not having parents to effectively support them academically. The risks targeted by the service is medium since there are not too many that were mentioned. It mostly talked about the child’s poor academic achievement being the main reason.
  7. The main service included in this organization is training. The Office of the County Counsel train social workers and probation officers to advocate for children with special educational needs. As mentioned earlier, parents are also trained and even assigned to help their child by being an additional assistant. Lastly, there is ongoing training for juvenile court professionals to increase awareness and place children in the appropriate educational programs.
  8. It does not appear that there are any services that go beyond risk reduction by enhancing protective factors.

 

  1. Youth Education Scholars (YES) Program
  2. The mission of this organization is to increase opportunities for former foster youth and to provide tools and skills needed to pursue post-secondary education. Also, their vision is to have these students succeed in higher education at the same rate as their peers since this was a problem former foster youth dealt with.
  3. This organization provides both prevention and intervention services. Since this agency is to help and provide students with the tools needed to pursue post-secondary education, this would fall under the idea of prevention. Also, intervention services are seen throughout Y.E.S because there are programs created to increase the student’s academic achievement. One highlighted throughout my research would be an implement of a retention initiative for most at-risk students. That program launched in 2013-2014 academic year and was known as Relationships Inspiring Scholar Excellence (RISE).
  4. Y.E.S does provide information about success stories throughout their program. For example, they highlight one of their students, Mario, that has been in this program from the beginning of this journey at SJSU. With the support from Y.E.S and former foster youth support program, he was able to get the social and financial help needed.
  5. The organization targets just the child because they are the ones that are being supported to academically become successful. The student is given the tools and taught skills needed to attend college and further schooling.
  6. The main risk of this organization would be being a former foster youth. Because of this risk factor, studies have shown how this category of students appear to have extremely poor education and low job rates. The risk the program targets would be the child’s problem. The reason for this would be parental absence which caused them to become a former foster child. The risk targeted by the service would be low since they focus on one main risk factor, which would be being a former foster youth.
  7. Mentoring plays a huge roll in the Y.E.S program. The service is provided for the child when they are adolescents up until employment after graduating college.
  8. With the creation of more programs within Y.E.S, the organization is still working to implement more to provide more services so that students will continue to become successful. They have partnered up with other organizations to create RISE but they hope to gain new partnerships throughout the years to provide more services for the kids.

 

  1. Educational Services Unit (EdSU)
  2. The mission of this organization is to create partnerships with local school districts to improve the education of foster youth.
  3. This organization contained prevention services along with intervention. Prevention services is seen throughout this program because the Workgroup professionals are coming together to inform the community about education initiatives and hoping to receive feedback about improving existing programs. As for intervention services, the professionals working are coming together to directly help with this vulnerable population.
  4. Based off of my research, I did not find any information about studies showing the effectiveness of their program.
  5. The organization targets the community as a whole. Since the students are evidently the main target, the community is also contributing to helping out these kids. As mentioned earlier, the community is giving the Workgroup professionals feedback on improving existing programs.
  6. The risk factor focused in this program would be foster youth. The risk that is targeted would be the child’s problem since parental absence is the main cause of it. This targeted risk mentioned by the service would be low since it is only one risk factor.
  7. The specific service provided in this organization would be mentoring. The professionals working directly and indirectly to help this vulnerable population are trying their best to help out these foster youth children as much as they can academically by partnering up with local school districts.
  8. This organization does provide services that go beyond risk reduction by enhancing protective factors. The EdSU collaborates with other programs, projects, and committees such as Education Rights Project and Y.E.S Program.

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

 

  1. Professional Discipline: Mental Health
  2. Name and Address: Uplift Family Service 251 Llewellyn Avenue Campbell, CA 95008
  3. Mission or goal of the organization/agency

They do whatever it takes to strengthen and advocate for children, families, adults and communities to realize their hopes for behavioral health and well-being.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide prevention services, or intervention services, or both? Explain.

Yes, it has both prevention and early intervention services. In-home support and case management services for families whose potential child welfare case has been assessed and not formally opened, but who still have needs. Focuses on enhancing parenting, communication and obtaining community resources.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide any information about evaluation studies or empirical research that shows their program design is effective? If yes, describe briefly.

They use success stories to show their program design is effective.

  1. Does the organization/agency target just the child, the parent-child relationship, the parents, the entire family, or the community? Explain.

The agency targets the child, the parent-child relationship, the parents, the family relationship, and community.

  1. What kinds of risk is the organization/agency addressing in their program? Is the risk they target the source of the child’s problems (e.g., poverty, parent substance abuse) or negative behavioral outcomes (e.g., adolescent crime, school drop-out). Is the risk targeted by the service: low (1 risk factor), medium (2-3 risk factors), or high (4 or more risk factors). Explain.

High. Most of them, they experienced school drop-off, family abuse.

  1. What specific service or services are provided by the organization/agency to reduce risk (e.g., therapy, counseling, community service, supervision, training, mentoring, etc.)? You should also note the following about the service/services provided by the organization/agency

They have parent child dyadic therapy, parent child interaction therapy, incredible years parenting class and children’s social skills group, parent and provider workshops, etc.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide any services that go beyond risk reduction by enhancing protective factors? If yes, explain what these are.

No.

 

  1. Professional Discipline: Mental Health
  2. Name: Momentum for Mental Health

Address: 438 North White Rd, San Jose, CA 95127

  1. Mission or goal of the organization/agency:

The mission of the “Momentum for Mental Health” is not only to help clients having a healthy lifestyle with increased self-efficacy, but also assist individual to improve self-control, and let them take responsibility to their lives. Moreover, the agency focused on raising clients’ self-esteem, building self-confidence, and helping the community change its perception of individuals who have mental disorders and remove the difficulties to full involvement.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide prevention services, or intervention services, or both? Explain.

The agency provides intervention service, the service program “REACH” (Raising Early Awareness and Creating Hope), is to serve youth ages 10 to 25 who are either showing early signs or have recently been diagnosed with a psychosis.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide any information about evaluation studies or empirical research that shows their program design is effective? If yes, describe briefly.

The agency does not provide evaluation studies or empirical research, but do provides “Recovery Champions” section to let their recovered clients shows their program design is effective.

  1. Does the organization/agency target just the child, the parent-child relationship, the parents, the entire family, or the community? Explain.

The agency provides a variety of programs for adolescents, young adults, adults, and older adults. The program and services for individuals living with a mental illness are comprehensive and include a prevention and early intervention program, adult and transitional age youth (14 to 24) out-patient services, employment services, day rehabilitation services, residential treatment, supported housing and a volunteer program. In addition, Momentum works to reduce and eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental illness and mental health care through a community relations program that promotes education, diversity and collaboration.

  1. What kinds of risk is the organization/agency addressing in their program? Is the risk they target the source of the child’s problems (e.g., poverty, parent substance abuse) or negative behavioral outcomes (e.g., adolescent crime, school drop-out). Is the risk targeted by the service: low (1 risk factor), medium (2-3 risk factors),or high (4 or more risk factors). Explain.

It is high risk targeted by the service. While the clients sharing their stories, many of them had experiences with family abuse, school drop-out, Drug using, and also poverty.

  1. What specific service or services are provided by the organization/agency to reduce risk (e.g., therapy, counseling, community service, supervision, training, mentoring, etc.)? You should also note the following about the service/services provided by the organization/agency:

It offers psycho-education for the community, phone and in-person consultations, multi-disciplinary assessments, outreach to schools, individual and family counseling, crisis management, medication management, occupational therapy, supported education and employment, and family advocates and peer mentor support.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide any services that go beyond risk reduction by enhancing protective factors? If yes, explain what these are.

No.

 

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  1. Professional Discipline: Mental Health
  2. Name and Address: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County 2625 Zanker Rd # 200 San Jose
  3. Mission or goal of the organization/agency

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County serves and advocates for families and individuals in need, especially those living in poverty. Rooted in gospel values, work to create a more just and compassionate community that suitable for people of all cultures and beliefs.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide prevention services, or intervention services, or both? Explain.

Yes, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department and Alum Rock Counseling Center, they work collaboratively with local partners and school districts to deliver Prevention and Early Intervention services to students and their families in the East Region of Santa Clara County. PEI’s goal is to prevent, reduce, and eliminate emotional and behavioral challenges that may be inhibiting academic success and family wellness for elementary and middle school-aged youth in the Franklin McKinley School District.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide any information about evaluation studies or empirical research that shows their program design is effective? If yes, describe briefly.

No

  1. Does the organization/agency target just the child, the parent-child relationship, the parents, the entire family, or the community? Explain.

Child, the parent-child relationship, the parents, the entire family, and community. The Family & children’s counseling provides therapeutic services for children, age 5- 17, and their families. They also have community counseling services, offering therapy for issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, co-occurring mental health diagnosis and substance abuse, trauma, relationship challenges, sexual issues, grief and loss, court required individual therapy, problems at work, parenting challenges, anger management issues, and life transitions.

  1. What kinds of risk is the organization/agency addressing in their program? Is the risk they target the source of the child’s problems (e.g., poverty, parent substance abuse) or negative behavioral outcomes (e.g., adolescent crime, school drop-out).Is the risk targeted by the service: low (1 risk factor), medium (2-3 risk factors),or high (4 or more risk factors). Explain.

Because of the economic issues, some families are not able to pay for the treatment

  1. What specific service or services are provided by the organization/agency to reduce risk (e.g., therapy, counseling, community service, supervision, training, mentoring, etc.)? You should also note the following about the service/services provided by the organization/agency:

The service “Access to Visitation” provides supervised visitation services to non-custodial parents in order to best support parent/child relationships. Trained and supportive staff works with all family members to ensure a positive visitation experience for children and their parents.

  1. Does the organization/agency provide any services that go beyond risk reduction by enhancing protective factors? If yes, explain what these are.

No.

 

JUVENILE SERVICES

 

  1. Bill Wilson Center http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/services/all/juvenile-justice-diversion.html
    1. Juvenile Justice / Law Enforcement
    2. Bill Wilson Center, is located on 3490 The Alameda ,Santa Clara, CA 95050. The center provides multiple services, in regards to my topic one of the services they provide is Juvenile Justice Diversion.
    3. The goal of the service, is to prevent teenagers to have any more involvement with the justice system.
    4. The Bill Wilson Center only provides intervention services
    5. There was no data that showed that their services created any positive outcomes in the adolescents’ lives.
    6. This organization targets both the child and their families. In regards to the juvenile justice diversion service, family therapy is one of the services.
    7. I wasn’t to clear what risks the services targeted. Overall, the information provided on website was too short.
    8. In order for one to be eligible for the services, the individual must be referred by the Juvenile Probation Department. These type of services assist those who are first-time offenders and those on probation. Sessions are given on anger management, improving decision -making skills and impulse control. Family therapy and counseling is also provided. The website didn’t specify the length of the service.
    9. I couldn’t come to a conclusion about any protective factors they enhanced .

 

  1. FCDC http://www.the-firehouse.org
    1. Same discipline

 

  1. The Firehouse Community Development Corp. is located on 5655 Silver Creek Valley Road #517 San Jose, CA 95138.

 

  1. FCDC is a multicultural resource center that wished for at-risk youth and their families to prosper in their community.

 

  1. The center provides intervention services for adolescents, and services for their parents. For example, the family parenting program, provides skills so parents can sustain strong family relationships, and have good communication skills.

 

  1. The FCDC, has a list of evidence-based elements that prove to be effective in intervention, but the FCDC does not provide any statistical data about the effectiveness the program had on the participants. Some principles that the interventions services used to reduce violence and gang behavior are the following: enhancing intrinsic self motivation, increasing positive reinforcement and skill training just to name a few.

 

  1. They target the whole family who are low-income and from different cultural backgrounds. The adolescents receive intervention services, while parents attend parenting classes. This approach hopes to build strong and healthy family relationships, which then can foster a good community.

 

  1. FCDC , is focusing on the negative behavior outcomes , for example gang involvement and violence.

 

  1. The services that they provide is mediation/ crisis intervention. During the intervention, the youth group is given tools on how to approach conflict without using violence. The center does not specify the length of the service, or who is eligible. Base on the information on their website, one can assume that the services are open to the public. Along with mediation/crisis intervention FCDC, provides Rap Sessions, which is a workshop where adolescents can talk about their experiences and thoughts. In addition, FCDC assist adolescents with the removal of any gang affiliated and hateful tattoos. The idea behind the tattoo removal is so the youth group can have a fresh start.

 

  1. By providing adolescents with alternatives ideas to solve their problems, as opposed to violence, and informing them about the consequences, can really help them avoid gangs.

 

  1. L.Y http://flyprogram.org/
    1. Same discipline

 

  1. The name is Fresh Lifelines for Youth or F.L.Y for short, and parents or professionals can send the teenagers to 120 W. Mission St., San Jose, CA 95110.

 

  1. The goal of the agency is to lower juvenile crime and violence, by educating and giving adolescents the skills to choose a better life style.

 

  1. L.Y , has both prevention services and intervention services. They target teenagers who are at risk to enter the juvenile system, and teenagers who have already enter the system.For example, one of the prevention program, is called Middle School Law Program. In this program F.LY. provides legal education courses to 7th and 8th graders, who are at a greater risk to drop out. Intervention services for those who are in the system already include, one on one mentoring, the leadership training  program and the law program. The law program ultimately educates this population about the consequences of their crimes.

 

  1. There was no outside data that prove F.L.Y.’s services worked, but on their webpage 80% of the participants felt F.L.Y cause them to change their behavior. In addition, 70% – 80% of participants in the leadership training program did not receive a new charge while in the program.

 

  1. The organization targets just the child, but the positive outcomes are both for the adolescents and the community.

 

  1. L.Y addresses both the source of the child’s problem and negative behavioral outcomes. The organization, realizes that some adolescents don’t have a positive role model, which increase their risk to act out on delinquent behavior; therefore, F.L.Y pairs up adolescents with mentors that can guide them in healthy life choices.

 

  1. As I mentioned previously, some of the services given for this age group is the law program, the mentor program and leadership training All services are given to adolescents who are at risk to enter the juvenile system or already have. To begin, the law program is a semester long course. During the law program, adolescents are grouped in teams of 2 or 4 and are taught about vandalism, hate crimes, Three-Strikes Law etc. The law program ultimately educates this population about the consequences of their crimes, and even do mock hearings and debates. Adolescents can only join the leadership training program, after they have completed the Law Program. Teenagers are in the program for about a year and work closely with a case manager to achieve goals. Furthermore, they work with groups to build self confidence, to work on collaboration, communication skills, and form positive peer relationships.

 

  1. Educating this type of population serves as a protective factor, because it stated on their website that those who are educated about the law tend to break the law less. Although, I feel the website should have provided a peer review article that proves the above statement.

 

SOCIAL SERVICES

 

Santa Clara County Social Services Agency (SCCSSA)

SCCSSA gives practical experience, education, understanding, comfort and support to low income children and families in Santa Clara County. SCCSSA address is: 333 West Julian, San Jose, CA 95110.

The organization’s mission is to help individuals who are low income and offer support to their families.

SCCSSA gives both prevention and intervention services to families. The agency provides direct services to individuals, general assistance applications, food stamps, cash assistance, and Medi-Cal benefits.

Child Development Center (CDC)

CDC is an organization that offers family and children services, and its address is 20 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95119, (408) 556-7300). Its mission is to improve children’s lives through eminence, qualified child development programs and an obligation to develop suitable practice. Since the risks targeted by the family and children services are of average risk factors such as protective and resilience, these services are mainly directed towards children to prevent them from being harmed in the future.

CDC also aims to connect children in the circle of parents, teachers, and community. It provides intervention services to families. They intervene to ensure that the victims involved are offered with the appropriate amenities to solve their problems.

Moreover, CDC focuses on enhancing parent-child relationship. It ensures that there is an excellent connection created between the parents and children in molding their ways. However, it focuses more on the children by providing programs that benefit them as well as ensuring there is suitable growth in kids from not being harassed by the society. Moreover, these social services organizations target various risks such as poverty, suicidal and parent substance abuse among others in their programs. They target the source of the children’s problems by intervening and preventing the risks that might occur later in their development.

Domestic Violence Intervention Collaborative (DVIC)

DVIC is a service agency that deals with family and children social services, whose address is 111 North Market, Suite 1015, San Jose, CA 95113, PO Box 1839, San Jose, CA 95113. The organization’s goal is to offer domestic violence services in Santa Clara County (Humphreys& Stanley, 2015). It supports the group of victims affected by domestic violence through collaborating with other agencies involved with mental health.

DVIC gives both prevention and intervention services to families. The organization intervenes to prevent domestic violence among families and aid the affected victims to recover from the low- esteem and fear instilled in them. DVIC targets community as a whole. It ensures that the society’s welfare is appropriate regarding their mental health as well as there is no violence in their homes.

Overall, CDC, DVIC and NAMI organizations provide specific services such as counseling, community service, training and mentoring among others. In the provision of services by these organizations, victims affected receive the amenities for a period they feel the acquaintance is relevant to them (Austin, Brody, & Packard, 2009). There is no particular criterion used by these groups since they provide their services to the people in need. The services are rendered by the professional expertise in the area of qualification. Moreover, the organizations provide services that go beyond risk reduction by enhancing protective factors. Such services include training which educates families and children on ways to live appropriately. Thus, the social services agency in Santa Clara County is based on improving the welfare of people residing in the US.

 

 

 

 

 
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