Through a $100,000 grant from the Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Health Services, the CARC is expanding its mental health services. The move to 44 Gough Street allows the CARC to not only expand counseling services but also add a mentoring program through a partnership with San Francisco State University.
The Community Assessment and Resource Center (CARC) provides a single point of entry for crisis intervention, assessment, service integration and referral of arrested youth. The program provides a setting in which staff from juvenile probation, public health, the sheriff's department, the police department, and community-based organizations work together in the same space to assess and case manage youth who are arrested for a variety of offenses. The CARC is a collaboration in the most unique sense of the word: a very real public/private partnership that is paving the way for a new process to provide adolescents who have made mistakes with guidance and support.
The CARC serves young people ages 11-17 arrested for a variety of offenses, including both felonies and misdemeanors. Youth are brought to the CARC in police custody. Once at the CARC, the youth meets with a probation officer for intake, a licensed psychology technician to identify any physical or mental health crisis, and a case manager, who conducts a voluntary assessment. The CARC staff develops a case plan. Youth and their families leave CARC with a new sense of support, opportunity and hope. The CARC case managers have successfully worked with youth to reintegrate them into the schools, arrange for special educational services, obtain mental health services, complete community service and probation requirements, and engage the youth in positive social, arts, athletic, and youth development programs.
The CARC is open from 9 am to Midnight, Monday through Friday. HYP contracts with the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF), which is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. For further information, please call (415) 437.2500.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BROCHURE
The SFPD and the Juvenile Justice Coalition are proud to announce the release of the "Know Your Rights for Youth in San Francisco" brochure, to help educate youth and parents about their rights.
Download copies here in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
BECOME A HUCKLBERRY CARC
Huckleberry CARC is currentlyrecruiting mentors for
youth ages 11-17. Click here for more information or call
Huckleberry CARC Case Manager
Harvey Lozada for more information at 415.437.2500.