YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU
The San Rafael Police Youth Services Bureau (YSB) has been in existence since 1978 and has always been dedicated to serving youth and families who live and/or work in San Rafael. The mission of the Youth Services Bureau is to keep at-risk youth out of the juvenile justice system and set them on a positive path towards their fulfillment and happiness as good and productive citizens of society. Our goal is to help young people succeed at home, at school, at work and with peers and we utilize a variety of programs towards that end. The strengthening of the family unit, however small or diverse, is a key to youth success and our YSB staff and intern counselors are highly trained to help make a difference.
We welcome the opportunity to provide services to our citizens and offer the following programs:
First Offender Diversion
On average, the YSB receives 500 juvenile citations for teens who have committed status or non-violent offenses and this program is an excellent alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.
Intern counselors meet with the juvenile and his/her parent or guardian regarding the incident, discuss any consequences that occurred at home or at school and assign 5 – 25 hours of community service. Juveniles are strongly encouraged to take personal responsibility for their actions and/or behaviors and counseling is always offered to the family.
The YSB diversion program is a voluntary program; there is no formal juvenile court record associated with participation in the program nor is there any recourse for restitution for crime victims due to property damage or loss. Juveniles who do not complete the requirements of their diversion may have their cases forwarded to the Marin County Probation Department for further disposition.
On-Site School Counseling
Through our clinical internship program, we offer individual and group counseling to juveniles at local public middle and high schools. Students are referred to us by school staff, SRPD officers and/or parents. In some cases teen self-refer.
Clinical interns receive weekly supervision from program supervisor, Rebecca L. Kuga, LMFT (MFC41298)
The YSB offers therapy to individuals, couples and families residing or working in San Rafael and the first five (5) sessions are free. Subsequent sessions are $50 per 50-minute session and a sliding scale is available.
On average, clients attend a minimum of five (5) sessions before terminating services. Presenting issues frequently include increasing parenting skills, improving communication skills, managing life transitions, grief/loss and anger management.
Those interested in services should contact Rebecca L. Kuga. MFT (MFC41298) for further information.
Started in 1999, Camp Chance is a week long residential summer camp for San Rafael and unincorporated Marin County youth ages 11 to 13.
Camp Chance is designed to offer underserved kids an opportunity to experience traditional summer camp, as well as interact and build rapport with peace officers.
The Program is completely funded through citizen and business donations and is held at Walker Creek Ranch. Camper recruitment begins in March and the Camp is held mid-July. Please consider a donation to camp chance today.
Parent Project ®
Parent Project®, a ten-week training program designed specifically for strong-willed or out-of-control adolescents, is the most comprehensive and effective instruction on high-risk youth available today and has been over twenty-two years in development.
The program helps parents cope with defiant teenagers, enhances parental control and skill building all through an interactive learning process. Parents create a support network and continue to meet as a group even after the class has finished.
Call Rebecca Kuga, LMFT, at 415-485-3025 for more information.