Community Needs : Family Support Services, Juvenile Justice/Violence Prevention, Mental Health
The Youth Service System operates in all secondary schools in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria to reduce the prevalence and severity of substance abuse by students. It provides a range of interactive alcohol and drug-related services including education, prevention, early identification and referral. Often the Youth Service Specialists are the first, or only, person the students turn to for help. In 2006 the program was restructured to meet increasing mental health demands and added clinically trained Therapeutic Youth Service Specialists to the team. Our grant supported three Therapeutic Youth Service Specialists to provide clinical counseling for alcohol or other drug problems, mental health problems, familial and relationship problems, and other crisis and ongoing counseling needs.