The Healthy Alternatives program is a collaborative between Humboldt County Probation, Mental Health – Children Youth and Family Services branch and the Superior Court. The program works in a coordinated team approach to provide judicial oversight, community supervision, case management and Functional Family Therapy to juvenile wards of the court and their families. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each minor and their families and progress is staffed regularly by the treatment team.
Participants proceed through a series of program phases of supervision and family work with a clinician to help them more fully integrate into the community and deal with behavioral and adjustment related issues. Additional community resources are identified and accessed to address the individualized needs of participants. Following program completion (10 months minimum time period), participants may be terminated from probation or returned to a regular juvenile field caseload.
Healthy Alternatives Services
Chemical testing, if ordered
Functional Family Therapy
Individual and family counseling services
Individualized services to meet identified needs
Mental health assessment
Healthy Alternatives Goals
Provide teens and their families therapeutic services and support, strengthening the family’s response to behavioral challenges
Reduce recidivism and need for detention by youth skills building
Prevent out-of-home placement by working with the family within this community
Maintain public safety with high standards of accountability through regular court monitoring, community supervision and intensive case management
Teach Program Participants
Appropriate and acceptable ways to meet needs without resorting to maladaptive or delinquent behavior
Problem-solving skills such as communication, assertiveness and identifying healthy activities and support within the community